5 Types of Naked Lady Flowers And How To Grow Them


Naked lady is a perennial bulbous plant that grows wild in Cape Floral Province, South Africa where you can find the exotic and beautiful stems popping up in open grasslands and hillsides.

The term ‘’naked lady’’ comes from the character of the plant whereby it sends up greenery in late fall but then end up being leafless by the latter part of spring or early summer.

Flowers pops out of the ground in late summer and opens trumpet-shaped flowers on long, sturdy, naked stems. The flowers appear in all shades of pink and sometimes even white.

In other words, the leaves appear after flowers. This is one of those plants that always stop visitors in their tracks. It is a great garden plant and was given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the RHS.

About Naked Lady Flower

The naked lady is characterized by:

  • Green strap-shaped leaves that die down after winter and spring.
  • Flower stalks grow to about 18 inches tall.
  • Each stalk features up to 12 flowers in a cluster.
  • Flowers are of varied colors from white to soft pink to deep pink.
  • Its leaves grow when winter rains break the dormancy.
  • Its fleshy seeds usually appear after the flowers fade.

Other things to know about naked ladies:

  • The large, rounded brown bulbs produce smaller bulbs over time to form a large clump of plants.
  • Old bulbs can be the size of a softball or grapefruit.
  • The best time to work with the plant for division or planting is during its dormant periods.
  • Bulbs planted in the ground are more likely to bloom than those planted in pots.

List of Naked Lady Flowers

Jersey Lily

Jersey lily flower. Image Courtesy of Sejahtera Seeds and Bulbs

This flower can be a beautiful and unique addition to any garden or yard. The plant sheds all its foliage in warm climates and produce trumpet or funnel-shaped flowers on naked (leafless) stem.

The pink flowers may be up to 10 cm in length and often appear in the autumn. The plant can thrive effectively under the shade of taller plants and can be grown both indoors or outdoors for fresh cut flowers.

The plant grows up to 3 feet tall and can be found growing in sunny areas such as ponds and streams in very many places in south Africa.

Surprise Lily

Surprise lily Image Credit: CHARLOTTE EKKER WIGGINS

Surprise lily also referred to as resurrection lily is a herbaceous plant in nature and produces large fragrant white or pink flowers in the spring throughout summer, usually between June and August.

The basal simple leaves are generally absent when the flowers emerge from the crown. This flower can grow up to 4 feet tall and can be found throughout South Africa including the Great Lakes Region.

These flowers are great for weddings, parties or any other event where you want to add a little bit of whimsy and magic.

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Red Spider Lily

This late-blooming perennial is grown from bulbs and blooms in late summer to early fall. (Image Credit: Mary Van Keuren)

The Red spider lily also referred to as hurricane lily is native to Asia including China, Korea and Japan where it grows in forests and on rocky slopes.

This is a beautiful flower consisting of parallel-sided leaves with a paler central and like other lilies, it has a long stem that terminates in a flower head. The flowers are red in color and are arranged in umbels, which make it easy to identify this plant.

The plant flower in late summer or early fall. Usually the flowers fade with time from bright red to deep pink. Leaves generally follow the flowers, remaining throughout the winter and disappearing in early summer.

The red lily plant grows in many places of the world and it can be found in tropical areas including North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

Easter Lily

Usually pure white in color with a trumpet-like shape. (Image Credit: Getty Images Contributed by David Prahl)

The Easter lily is a beauty to behold. It’s a tall, graceful flower with delicate petals and a pale pink or pure white color.

The flowers are usually found in clusters or clumps of three to five on a stem that grows from 12 to 24 inches high. The flowers flush out in early spring and they tend to last until late summer or early fall. This means that you can enjoy their beauty for quite some time before they fade away.

The leaves of easter lily are also smaller than those of other types of lilies and they are positioned along the stem.

The Easter lily is endemic to Asia, specifically Taiwan and Ryukyu islands. They can be also be found growing in gardens, parks and on mountain sides throughout Europe and North America.

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Amaryllis Paradisicola

Amaryllis paradiscola Flowers in April after good autumn showers. Leaves are absent at the time of flowering. (Image Credit: Mundo Ecologia)

Amaryllis paradiscola is a bulbous perennial characterized by beautiful, delicate purple-pink flowers growing in clusters.

The flowers smell like roses and they are easy to grow from bulbs planted in fall. The flower is native to South Africa and can be found throughout the world.

In addition to its beautiful appearance, amaryllis paradisicola flowers are used for decorative purposes such as flower arrangements and bouquets. Amaryllis paradisicola flowers hold special meaning for many people because they represent hope and growth in life.

The flower has a long history of use as an ornamental flower but in recent times it has become popular as an indoor houseplant.

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