Jean Naude: Belladonna Lily – nature photographer.
Belladonna Lily – The strap-like leaves are deciduous and are produced after flowering. The leaves remain green throughout the winter period. The leaves produce a starch, which is stored in the bulb. In summer the leaves die back and the bulb becomes dormant. This strange phenomenon of flowering before the leaves appear is known as hysteranthy. The belladonna lily’s specific flowering time is late summer, February and March.