Nerine is a genus of flowering plants belonging to family Amaryllidaceae, comprising about 30 species. It is native to South Africa, and widely cultivated and hybridized and can be found world wide.
Nerine is a bulb plant, with each bulb around 3-5 cm in diameter. In late winter and spring, the plant produces several strap-shaped, dull green leaves of 20cm long and 1 cm wide, arranged in two rows. By late spring, the leaves die down and the bulb is then dormant until late summer. By autumn, each bulb produces a single naked stem of about 30cm tall, and a cluster of 2-12 funnel-shaped flowers in pink, red, white or orange-red color; follow by strap-shaped leaves. Each flower is about 4 cm in diameter. Nerine species are suitable for containers.
Nerine bowdenii(Cape Flower, Guernsey Lily, Japanese Spider Lily) is a perennial plant and is native to South Africa. It was brought in to United Kingdom from South Africa by Cornich Bowden in 1903. The species was named after Cornish Bowden.
Nerine bowdenii plant is 45 x 8 cm, producing blossoms that are silvery pink and resemble finely cut lilies, normally comes in clusters of 8 or more flowers and have a faint scent. This species can survive the winter and the leaves do not appear until spring, which is a reason why the species can tolerate lower temperatures than most of the other species in the genus. The plant blooms in July and can tolerate drought. Even though the species grows best in heat and well-drained soil, it cannot tolerate tropical or very humid weather. The plant should be planted in spring and should not be moved after planting.
Nerine sarniensis (Guernsey Lily) is native to South Africa and produces deep orange-pink flowers in early autumn. Nerine undulata has umbels of funnel-shaped, mid-pink flowers with crinkled petals.
Plant Nerine in full sun and well-drained soil. Propagation is by ripe seeds and division after flowering. Slugs, snails and mosaic virus are found to attack Nerine plants.