Of the thirty or more species in this genus the most popular is A. italica, and especially the "Dropmore" variety, which has tall branching trusses of brilliant blue flowers. It is a lovely border plant, and might also be grown largely for cut bloom. It flourishes in rich and well-drained garden soil, and is best kept true by division rather than from seeds. A newer variety called "Opal" is also excellent.

The Kew Belladonna Lily.

Fig. 182. - The Kew Belladonna Lily.