African Native – Nerine Lily

Nerine Lily

Nerine Lily

Nerine Lily is botanically known as Nerine bowdenii and goes by the common names of “Spider Lily” or “Guernsey Lily”.  Its cousins are herbs in the Amaryllidaceae family.

Originally native to the mountains of Southern Africa, the genus Nerine consists of about 25 species and is closely related to another African  genus – Brunsvigia.

This leafless form flower is lightly scented.  A great choice when the arrangement requires a lily but the bulk of an Asiatic or Oriental is too large.

When selecting Nerine lilies look for straight stems with opening flowers.  Lilies with tightly closed buds tend to not open or develop a crooked stem.  Nerine Lily stems are always leaf-less, vase life is 7 to 14 days. These lilies are considered a small form flower and are very sensitive to ethylene gas.

Nerines are available in a wide range of pinks from subtle pale hues to brilliant hot pink. They also come in deep red, reddish orange and pure white.

Its vertical form adds height & works well for contemporary arrangements. Nerine Lilies are perfect for hand-tied bouquets, the delicate individual florets are wonderful for wedding bouquets and corsages.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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