I LIVE IN SOUTHWEST PA IN THE NEXT COUNTY TO SOUTH EVERYONE HAS A BULB PLANT CALLED NAGED LADY I NOW HAVE BULBS BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE REAL NAME OF PLANT IS ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS IT COMES UP AROUND JUNE LOOKS LIKE A DAYLILY AS FAR AS GREENS THEN THE GREENS DIE BACK AND DISAPPEAR AND IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS A SPIKE COMES UP WITH WHITE TO PINKISH FLOWERS AROUND STEM SIMALAR TO YUCCA BLOOM BUT SMALLER.IT IS AN OLD PLANT NOT SOMETHING DEVELOPED IN LAST 15 YRS. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT THE REAL NAME IS I WOULD APPRECIATE FINDING OUT
It is Amaryllis belladonna. You guys call it 'naked lady' because it flowers at the beginning of the growing season, before the leaves grow. It is native to South Africa. We call it March Lily, because it flowers in March (duh!) which is autumn. The leaves grow in winter, and it goes dormant in summer. It is quite possible that they adopt a different growth pattern where winters are too cold to grow.
the leaves grow first up here, start dying back and the flower stalk grows. the leaves aren't completely gone until the frost kills the off.
Recently I found out in this very forum (!!) about Lycoris squamigera, which is nearly a ringer for Amaryllis belladonna but is hardier. The Lycoris is hardy in the cold-winter areas of the US.
thank guys not sure which one it is for sure but will check it out in books. appreciate the help. im new at this and still not sure of what i'm doing but will figure it out after fall harvest of plants and dalhias . lots of dahlias to dig up lol thanks again