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Guernsey Lily Nerine bowdenii

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nay-REE-nay bow-DEN-ee-eye
Description

Cape Flower is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is a herbaceous bulbous perennial, growing to 2 foot with strap-shaped leaves and large umbels of lily-like pink flowers in the fall when almost nothing else is in bloom.  These spidery pink flowers can make quite a statement if planted in a tight clump as a colorful end to the growing season. It is drought tolerant but requires moisture during the growing season.  These plants are great for use in beds, cutting gardens, rock gardens, and planted along borders. They can also be grown as container plants or planted near a patio to enjoy the color in the last warm days of fall.

If you plant them in a container, use a rich, well-drained growing medium, and set the bulbs with the neck well above the soil level so only about half the bulb is buried, approximately 8 in deep to the base.  Place the bulbs 12 in. apart, one per sq ft.  Water freely when the plants have foliage but do not water when the bulbs are dormant.  Grows best in full sunlight to PM only sunlight.

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#bulb#showy flowers#fall flowers#container plant#pink flowers#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#mass planting#tropical perennial#deer resistant#summer bulbs#coastal plants#rock gardens#borders#bedding plants#patio#early fall flowers#late fall flowers#mid-fall flowers#fall bulb
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#fall flowers#container plant#pink flowers#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#mass planting#tropical perennial#deer resistant#summer bulbs#coastal plants#rock gardens#borders#bedding plants#patio#early fall flowers#late fall flowers#mid-fall flowers#fall bulb
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nerine
    Species:
    bowdenii
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Cape Province to KwaZulu-Natal
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 2 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 1 in. - 0 ft. 3 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large umbrels of 5-10 trumpet-shaped pink flowers up to 3 inches across. Blooms in the fall from September to November.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    It has 6–8 arching, light green, strap-shaped leaves, produced in two opposite rows.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Sturdy erect green stems, make for excellent cut flowers as they remain upright in containers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits