Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, Spider Lily
Plant Nerine Bowdenii (Pink Guernsey Lily) in spring, and you will be rewarded with delightful fragrant pink blossoms from summer though frost. A South African native bulb, Nerine blooms in late summer with large clusters of pink, lily-like flowers. Long lived, it takes a couple of years to establish and bloom.
The Nerine Lily is suitable for growing in containers and is deer resistant. This tender bulb is hardy in zones 8-10, but can be grown as an annual elsewhere. Plant in full sun and water regularly, but don’t over water. In zones 3-7, lift bulbs before frost and store in a cool dry place for planting the following spring.
|Common Name||Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, Spider Lily|
|Botanical Name||Nerine bowdenii|
|Zones||8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||24-26" tall|
|Bulb Size||14/+ cm|
|Bulb Spacing||3-4 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant 2-3" deep|
|Bloom Time||Late summer until frost|
|Planting Season||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Good for Containers|
|Additional Information||Can be grown as an annual in zones 3-7|
|Ships to Canada||No|
Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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