The Main Plant entry for Cape Lilies (Nerine)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Nerine produce fleshy seeds that are programmed to germinate immediately. Therefore seeds that are ripe (often easily detached from the flowering spike) should be sown right away into a well drained mix. Nerine seeds are best pushed gently into the surfac
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 8:47 PM

"Nerine is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. Native to South Africa, there are about 30 species in the genus. Though described as lilies, they are not significantly related to the true lilies Lilium, but more closely resemble their relatives, Amaryllis and Lycoris.

They are bulbous perennials, some evergreen, associated with rocky and arid habitats. They bear spherical umbels of lily-like flowers in shades from white through pink to crimson. In the case of deciduous species, the flowers may appear on naked stems before the leaves develop.

The genus name derives from one of the Nereids (sea-nymphs) of Greek myth.

Nerines have been widely cultivated and much hybridized worldwide, especially N. bowdenii and N. sarniensis. The hybrid cultivar 'Zeal Giant' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit."

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