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Nerine bowdenii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Toxicity

Acute ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Bowden Cornish lily

Family

Amaryllidaceae


Nerine are summer-dormant, perennial bulbs with erect leafless stems each bearing a terminal umbel of funnel-shaped flowers in autumn, and strap-shaped or linear leaves appearing after the flowers

N. bowdenii is a bulbous perennial to 50cm, with strap-shaped rich green leaves preceded by erect stems bearing umbels of lily-like pink flowers 6-8cm in width, with wavy, recurved segments

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant in early spring in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Protect in colder areas with a deep dry mulch over winter

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat as soon as ripe or by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Wall-side Borders, Coastal or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free