Also known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, resurrection lily, magic lily, surprise lily, or the March lily, the naked lady lily Amaryllis belladonna is an amazing flower. While naked ladies are considered hardy from USDA zones 7 to 10, a lot of people say they have successfully grown them as far north as Chicago and southern Iowa, as well as in zone 4 in Colorado. Some but not all of those making these assertions have said the naked ladies have grown from compost piles.
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One naked lady stands atop two horses, while her companions stretch their arms upwards toward her. One offers up a pearl. They were moved to York House inwhere they were the backdrop for numerous society parties hosted by Sir Ratan Tata. It was during this time period that they earned their plainly descriptive name.
The larger than human size statues depict eight Oceanids and a pair of aquatic horses. Originally they were part of a larger set of statues that was subdivided after the suicide of the initial purchaser. After a somewhat unpromising start, they were installed in their current location without the benefit of the original design for their display.
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Naked ladies Amaryllis belladonna have an unusual manner of providing summer flowers. After the winter-growing leaves have died down for summer dormancy, in late summer, a bloom stalk of fragrant pink flowers emerges and blooms without leaves, or naked. The best time to plant naked lady is while the bulb is dormant.