NERINE

FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae

TYPE
  • Bulbs
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

South African relatives of spider lily (Lycoris), which they closely resemble. Most have strap-shaped leaves to about 1 feet long; these usually die back well before bloom time in late summer or early autumn, then reappear later in the year (typically around bloom time or shortly afterward). Some types are essentially ever- green. All have attractive, broad, funnel- or trumpet-shaped flowers carried in clusters atop leafless stems; each blossom has six spreading segments, recurved at their tips.

Withhold summer water for species that experience summer dormancy, but keep watering the essentially evergreen kinds. These plants can be grown in pots in areas beyond their hardiness range or where soil cannot be kept dry for summer-dormant types.

nerine bowdenii

  • Lightly scented flowers to 3 inches long that are soft pink marked with deeper pink, in clusters of 8 to 12 on 2 feet stems.
  • Forms with taller stems and larger flower clusters are available in deeper pink, crimson, and red.
  • One example is 'Pink Triumph', with large blossoms in dark pink.
  • Goes dormant in summer.

nerine filifolia

  • Essentially ever- green or nearly so, since new leavesnarrow, grassy, and reaching 68 inches longare produced as old ones fade.
  • Inch-wide, rose-red flowers with narrow, crinkled segments are carried in clusters of 8 to 12 on each 1 feet stem.
  • Plant spreads rapidly.
  • Mulch in late fall in Lower South.

nerine masoniorum

  • Virtually evergreen species like Nerine filifolia, but it bears its flowers in clusters of 4 to 12 on 9 inches stems.
  • Mulch in late fall in Lower South.

guernsey lily

nerine sarniensis

  • Large clusters of 112 inches., iridescent crimson flowers with prominent stamens, borne on stalks to 2 feet tall.
  • Pink, orange, scarlet, and pure white selections are available.
  • Nerine s.
  • curvifolia fothergillii has scarlet flowers overlaid with shimmering gold.
  • Goes dormant in summer.

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