Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna)
Amaryllis belladonna is native to South Africa, but it has also naturalized along the California coastline. The plant has showy fragrant funnel-shaped flowers on 'naked' (leafless) stems, which is why it's sometimes referred to by the common name of "naked-lady-lily". 'Belladonna' is a Latin epithet meaning beautiful lady. There are many common names around the world for this plant.....for instance, in the Azores, Portugal, one name is Meninas para a Escola (girls go to school) referring to the flowers blooming when the girls in their pink uniforms are starting the new school year.
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