Nerine sarniensis

("Cape flower / Japanese spider lily / Guernsey lily")

Nerine sarniensis

Nerine bloom as a cluster of up to 12 curly, 3" / 7 cm long, trumpet-shaped flowers on a leafless stem. The crinkled petals give them a sparkling crystaline appearance. The bowdenii species, by far the most popular cultivar, flower for several weeks at the end of the growing period when the foliage has almost withered. Water well while the plants are growing during the Summer. Keep them fairly dry during Winter dormancy when grown outside in warmer climates or when grown in pots in colder climates. They are great as cutflowers: 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?

Deep pink

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?

18-24 in / 45-60 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

(Besides the species itself); 'Alba' (white).

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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