Naked Ladies

No, I didn’t use this title so you would look… but I guess you did.

Actually, that’s what these flowers are called. OK, technically, they are called Amaryllis belladonna, but I think the common name is easier to remember for some reason. They are very strange flowers because they have no leaves, just a stem that pops up in late July or early August, this year, the ones in my yard are in bloom now.

The thing is, I can’t see how they survive without leaves; even the stem is only alive for a short time. They popped up about two weeks ago, and began to bloom on Sunday. If past years are any indication, they will be done by next Sunday, and then the stem will dry up and break off, and I’ll forget we even have some in the yard… until next year.

Here’s a picture from the internet so you can get a better view…


(That was an interesting image search, but I did find what I was actually looking for eventually)

How does God make flowers that seem to defy what I learned about how plants live back in my school science class?

Even though I don’t get it, there they are every year, and every year I can only think that we have an amazing Creator!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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21 Responses to Naked Ladies

  1. Yes, we have them in our garden, they have leaves in winter and none when they flower

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  3. To be honest, I was nervous about clicking on this one. 🙂

  4. Wally Fry says:

    Bro Andrew is correct! And you have to let the leaves do their thing, or the bulb gets no nutrients so it can bloom later. We have red ones, not quite the same, but same family that we call suprise lillies. Just poof, one day they are there!

    • Don Merritt says:

      I’ll be looking for them over the fall and winter. Andrew said winter, but it must fall, at least here because we don’t have leaves alive in the winter in Northern Illinois…

  5. jimbelton says:

    Don, you’re missing the word “you” in your first sentence.

  6. lindamowles says:

    The creativiaty of our Creator is overwhelming sometimes!

  7. pipermac5 says:

    There is also a “naked man” orchid.

  8. Anonymous says:

    My first thought was the flowers as well. We have grown them for ages. Usually in July (for us ) the fragrant pink leaf-less ladies appear. T
    When the flowers die then the green leaves appear for the rest of the year. I love them but they are not as hardy as regular amaryllis for me.

  9. Kitsy says:

    They are lovely, Don. Do they have a scent? You must have an amazing yard.

    The surprises here around my new old home are ferns hidden behind the underbrush (that I am slowly conquering and dragging away) down toward the lake, vinca that grow like weeds between the cracks of the driveway and bloom after it rains (or would, if it would ever rain. We often get several inches of…thunder.), honeysuckle everywhere (God’s gift to the rural countryside), redbuds in the Spring, wysteria that grows wild by the acre, and what I call “resurrection poison ivy” because it does.

    I’m ecstatic because I can grow tea olive here. (Osmanthus Fragrans) It wouldn’t have survived in Asheville but it will here. I must get the 3 shrubs planted soon or the roots will fry in the black pots they are currently in. I am planting them beneath my bedroom window.



  10. They are amazing. Praise God for all His marvelous works n the consistency of displaying His beauty and genius mind. I would like to stir mum up by saying im looking at naked ladies but im afraid she might think I’m being serious and then id really be in the doghouse

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