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Nerine bowdenii


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Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour






Skill level


Nerine bowdenii

Plant details

Most nerines are tender greenhouse bulbs, but Nerine bowdenii is the nearest to being hardy, and well worth planting outdoors in a warm sunny border backed by the shelter of a wall. They are South African bulbs, widely planted in warmer areas for their very late display of rich flowers like elegant pink lilies. In colder gardens, give them all the sun and shelter available, plant in bold groups and be prepared to protect them over winter. Established bulbs gradually become overcrowded and force their way to the surface, an indication that spring division may be needed.The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Nerine

Species: bowdenii

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: Spring

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Good EXCEPT FOR the contradictory information about when to divide, which is my main concern!

Is is Feb-March OR late summer, please?

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