Nerine nectaroscordum

("Guernsey lily")

Nerine nectaroscordum

Nerine sarniensis bloom as a nice full cluster of trumpet-shaped flowers with protruding stamens on a leafless stem. The petals are covered with an iridescent sheen that makes the flowers look as if they have been sprinkled with gold or silver dust. The sarniensis species flower for several weeks before the start of overall plant growth and strap like foliage development. Watering is the opposite from the bowdenii species: keep them fairly dry while the plants are growing during the Summer. Water them well during Winter dormancy when grown outside in warmer climates or when grown in pots in colder climates. They are exquisite for bouquets: their keeping quality is excellent.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Late Summer - Early Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?


How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

6 in / 15 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

2* in / 5* cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

18-22 in / 45-55 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, containers and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

Species only.

Additional Information

* PLANTING NOTE: do not plant too deep, the neck of the bulb should only be at soil level. Adjust your planting dept according to the size of the bulb.

About the Family

Nerine Family

South Africa. The common name 'Guernsey Lily' was initially given to the sarniensis species after some bulbs, having been shipped from South Africa, washed ashore there during a storm after which they rooted, bloomed and gained attention of horticulturists. Thanks to this sea voyage Nerine itself got its name being named after the 50 beautiful daughters of the sea-god Nereus.

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