From the Italian ‘bella’ / ‘bella’ meaning ‘beautiful’; and the Italian ‘donna’ / ‘donna’ meaning ‘woman’.
Bulbous geophyte to 90 cm. Leaves dry or absent at flowering, several, spirally arranged, suberect, channelled, midrib prominent. Flowers large, trumpet-shaped, pink to white, fragrant. Feb.--Apr., mainly after fire. Loamy soils on lowlands, NW, SW, AP, LB, SE (Olifants River valley to George).