Common name: Guernsey lily
Origin: South Africa
Flower color: white, orange, pink (main color), red
Flowering period: September - October
Average plant height: 14 – 36 inches
Planting depth to base of bulbs: neck just above the soil
Spacing between bulbs: 8 inches
Type of bulb: true bulb
Light requirements: full sun and sheltered location (morning sun)
Landscape uses: border and container, excellent cut flower.
According to a popular anecdote, Nerine got its common name, Guernsey lily, when a specimen washed up on the shores of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, thus introducing the South African native to Europe.
Nerine blooms as a cluster of flowers on a leafless stem. Each flower is trumpet-shaped with recurved petals. The difference between Nerine bowdenii and Nerine sarniensis is that Nerine bowdenii flowers at the end of the growing period ( Sept - Oct) when the foliage has almost withered while Nerine sarniensis produces flowers in September that are immediately followed foliage development.
- Nerine bowdenii comprises 90% of bulbs available: pink.
- Nerine undulata is a crispa (fringed) type: pink.
- Nerine sarniensis corusca 'Major' is crimson to orange-red.
- Nerine flexuosa 'Alba' is white.