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01/04/2014 at 20:20

Hi, just wondering if anyone could explain the difference between agapanthus and nerine bowdenii other than one is white and the other pink they appear to be the same to me.

01/04/2014 at 20:42

They're both bulbs.

Agapanthus are leafing up now and will flower in summer then die back for winter. They are mostly blue, some white, there may be pinks but I haven't seen them

Nerines flower in late summer/autumn on bare stems. Then they leaf up and the leaves die away any time soon. They are pink or white.  

01/04/2014 at 22:06

Agapanthus.  Liliaceae.  Family.  Common name.  African lily.  A genus of around 70 species.

Nerine.  Amaryllidacea. family.  A genus of at least 30 species.  Half hardy bulbous plants.

Due to several reclassifications of plant genera etc of the years.  Some Amaryllidacea.  have been included within the Liliaceae.  I would be inclined to treat the two as seperate family's.

01/04/2014 at 22:45

I wondered the same when I read an article in GW mag this evening, very well explained (as always) Mike.

Which ones grow wild in Cornwall then, does anyone know?  I bought Agapanthus because I thought it was those but may be wrong?

Incidentally, I thought my Agapanthus had died as I planted them out last Autumn when they came (I think I should have put them in the GH), thankfully we have had a mild winter and they are just peeping through now 

01/04/2014 at 22:49

What colour are the ones wild in Cornwall Tracey?

01/04/2014 at 22:50

Blue, I took some photos as I had never seen them and thought they were beautiful.  I can't post them now though as they are on the laptop.........

01/04/2014 at 22:52

They're agapanthus.

Nerines are pink or white

01/04/2014 at 22:55

Phew, thanks Nut.  I just hope they flower and look as pretty as the ones in Cornwall as I read on another thread (last week I think) that they don't always flower.  Fingers crossed.

01/04/2014 at 23:00

Mine flower and they don't get any special treatment. They were in the ground for years and flowered. Then they had to be potted up out of the way of drain digging. They flowered. I might plant the back out again soon. I could also remove 3 or 4 well established campanulas  from the pot first.  The agapanthus would appreciate that

01/04/2014 at 23:15

Do you live in Cornwall though Nut?  I think it may be a 'North' issue but can't remember???

01/04/2014 at 23:24

I live near Peterborough Tracey. Most winters minus 7 or 8C, Occasionally minus 13C or lower, On the dry side except for the last 12 months or so.

01/04/2014 at 23:25

That's good then, I'll leave it where it is. Thanks Nut 

01/04/2014 at 23:27

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