Amaryllis belladonna

Chad Schroter
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:56:07 PDT
I have Amaryllis belladonna and hybrids 'naturalizing' in my un-watered back yard, they don't grow as quickly...

The seeds being big and round seem capable of rolling on the surface, and I have seen several sites where it appears they have spread downward from some original plants at the top of the hill.

The most spectacular of these is below the ruins of Waterfall house on the sea cliffs at Julia Pfeiffer State Park I Big Sur.


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From: pbs [] On Behalf Of Michael Mace
Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:22 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Amaryllis belladonna

Leo wrote:

>I believe the cool-season rains in California are neither regular 
nor plentiful enough, for Amaryllis belladonna to grow from seed without intentional watering by a gardener. 

Nah, it'll grow from seed here without supplemental water.

>I cannot imagine it would become established on its own more than 
rarely, let alone invasive.

I agree. The seeds are far too heavy to spread on their own, and birds don't touch them (I'm in an area where birds plant oaks everywhere, but nothing like that happens with Amaryllis, and I have hundreds of bulbs). Considering how long the species has been popular in California, if it were going to run wild it would have done so already.

I suspect the "invasive" Amaryllis were spread by two-footed animals.

San Jose, CA

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