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Nerine

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Description

Nerine is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. They are bulbous perennials, some evergreen, associated with rocky and arid habitats. Tender III - injured below 25 degrees F (2C)

Most have strap-shaped leaves to about 1 foot 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 afterwards).  All have an attractive, broad, funnel- or trumpet-shaped flowers carried in clusters atop leafless stems.

They are best grown as container plants. 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. Place the bulbs 2-3 inches apart. The bulbs can be left in the same pot for several years, as they bloom best when crowded. Water freely when the plants have foliage but do not water when the bulbs are dormant.

All nerines are highly susceptible to mealybug infestation.

Cultivars:
  • Nerine bowdenii
  • N. flexuosa 'Alba'
  • N. sarniensis corusca 'Major'
  • N. undulata
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#container plant#tropical perennial#morning sun#well drained soil
Cultivars:
  • Nerine bowdenii
  • N. flexuosa 'Alba'
  • N. sarniensis corusca 'Major'
  • N. undulata
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#container plant#tropical perennial#morning sun#well drained soil
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nerine
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Attractive, broad, funnel- or trumpet-shaped flowers carried in clusters atop leafless stems.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Long strap-like leaves which tend to flop over.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No