Nerine is a genus of about 25 species of perennials in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa.
Nerine produces showy, lily-like flowers on long stems. These long-lasting flowers have beautiful curled petals in bright colors and will bloom from summer to fall. They are great for beds, rock gardens, borders and containers.
The genus was named for the Nereids. According to Greek mythology, the Nereids were the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus.
The common name Guernsey Lily is given because the plant grows abundantly on the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Local legend states that the first flowers were found growing wild on the island of Guernsey, possibly having floated in from a shipwreck.
Nerine symbolizes freedom and good fortune.
Interesting facts about Nerine:
Nerines are commonly known as lilies, but they are not lilies at all. They belong to the Amaryllidaceae family and are closely related to Amaryllis, Sternbergia and Brunsvigia.
Benefits and Uses
They are popular as cut flowers because of their long lasting characteristics. Expected vase life is 10 to 14 days.
These plants have been used to create many hybrids that are popular among gardeners. Most hybrids have Nerine bowdenii and Nerine sarniensis in their parentage.
The hybrids are showier and more colorful. They are relatively easy to cultivate, but require perfect drainage and good-quality compost and other organic material.
The flowers come in shades of pink, orange, red and white.
Nerine reaches 60 cm (2 ft) in height.
Nerine likes moist and well drained soil. It is not particular as to soil type or pH.