Guernsey Lily Nerine Elegance Series

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
nerine Elegance Series


The Nerine Elegance Series, commonly known as Nerine, is a captivating ornamental plant known for its exquisite and showy flowers. The appearance of this plant is marked by its cluster of strap-shaped, dark green leaves that create a lush base for the striking blossoms. The flowers of the Nerine Elegance Series are typically arranged in a spherical cluster at the top of a sturdy, leafless stalk. These trumpet-shaped flowers come in a variety of vivid hues, including shades of pink, red, and white, each with a lustrous sheen that adds to their elegance. The petals are often recurved, giving the blooms a distinct, slightly ruffled look that enhances the plant's decorative appeal. The striking contrast between the foliage and the vibrant flower clusters makes the Nerine Elegance Series a popular choice for adding a splash of color to gardens and floral arrangements.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, Cornish Lily, Cape Flower, Bowden Lily

    • Common names

      Nerine Elegance Series

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Nerine, known botanically as Nerine Elegance Series, does not have a well-documented history of toxicity in humans. However, as with any plant not typically consumed as food, caution is advised when handling or accidentally ingesting this plant. If a person were to ingest a part of the Nerine plant, they could potentially experience mild gastrointestinal upset, as is common with many ornamental plants. It's important to consult a healthcare professional if any adverse reactions occur after ingesting part of the plant.

    • To pets

      Nerine, or the Nerine Elegance Series, is not commonly known to be toxic to pets, such as cats and dogs. However, as many pets may have sensitivities to plants that are not typical in their diet, ingestion can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal upset, including symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. If a pet ingests Nerine and displays symptoms of poisoning, it is important to contact a veterinarian promptly to receive appropriate care.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Blooms: Produces striking, colorful flowers that can add a splash of brightness to any garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it a good choice for busy gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerant: Can survive in dry conditions, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Long Blooming Season: Flowers from late summer to autumn, providing extended interest in the garden.
    • Cold Hardy: Capable of withstanding cooler temperatures, making it suitable for a range of climates.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity.
    • Container Gardening: Suitable for pots and containers, enabling gardening in small spaces or patios.
    • Deer Resistant: Less likely to be eaten by deer, which can be beneficial in areas where deer are a common problem.
    • Cut Flowers: Blooms make excellent cut flowers for arrangements due to their longevity and vibrant colors.
    • Bulb Propagation: Can be easily propagated by dividing bulbs, allowing gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Artistic Inspiration: Nerine, with its striking blooms, can serve as a muse for artists and photographers, inspiring artwork and providing a vibrant subject for floral paintings and photographs.
    • Educational Tool: In botanical courses or workshops, Nerine can be used to teach about bulbous plant structures, reproductive systems, and plant care.
    • Theme Gardens: They can be incorporated in theme gardens to represent the region of South Africa, reflecting the diverse flora of the Cape region where they originate.
    • Wedding Decor: Because of their bright and elegant flowers, Nerine can be used in wedding bouquets and decor, adding a splash of natural color to the celebration.
    • Color Dye: The pigments from the flowers could potentially be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or artisanal crafts, providing a sustainable coloring option.
    • Floral Arrangements: Nerine’s long stems and bold flowers make them excellent choices for cutting gardens, used in ornate floral arrangements for interior decoration or events.
    • Seasonal Displays: Their autumn blooming time makes them perfect for festive fall arrangements and displays, complementing the season's color palette.
    • Creative Containers: Nerine can be planted in creative containers and pots to add life to urban spaces like balconies or patios where ground planting isn’t an option.
    • Garden Borders: They can be used to define borders and edges in garden beds with their distinctive foliage and flowers.
    • Gift Plants: Potted Nerine bulbs can be given as gifts to gardening enthusiasts and can serve as a long-lasting and blooming present.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Nerine, commonly known as Guernsey Lily, is not typically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Guernsey Lily is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Nerine Elegance Series, also known as Guernsey Lily, often symbolizes resilience as it can survive and bloom with minimal water and in conditions that would challenge other plants.
    • Unexpected Beauty: The Guernsey Lily tends to surprise with its beautiful blooms in the fall, representing the unexpected beauty that can appear in life.
    • Survival: This plant is known for its ability to survive tough conditions, making it a symbol of survival and the ability to endure challenges.
    • Transformation: As the Guernsey Lily emerges splendidly in the autumn, it symbolizes transformation and the idea that beauty can emerge after a period of dormancy.

Every 10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Guernsey lilies should be watered deeply once a week during their growth period, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. They need less water when they are dormant. Typically, a half-gallon of water per plant each week suffices, but always check the soil moisture before watering to avoid over-saturation. Cut back on watering once the leaves begin to yellow and the plant enters dormancy.

  • sunLight

    Guernsey lilies thrive in full sun to partial shade. They perform best when they receive at least five hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for these plants is in an area with bright, indirect light where they are protected from the intense midday sun, which can scorch their delicate petals.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Guernsey lilies prefer warm temperatures and do not tolerate freezing conditions well. The ideal temperature range for these plants is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but frost can be detrimental to their growth and flowering. Maximum temperatures should not exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Guernsey lilies when the flowers fade and the foliage begins to die back, usually in late autumn. Pruning helps to tidy up the plant and encourages healthy growth for the next season. Cutting back the spent flower stalks to the base of the plant once they have finished blooming also prevents the lilies from expending energy on seed production. The best time for thorough pruning is after the plant has gone fully dormant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Nerine, commonly known as Guernsey Lily, thrives in well-draining soil with a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A good mix for Nerine would be equal parts of loam, sand, and peat or compost to ensure proper moisture and drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Guernsey Lilies should be repotted every 3 to 5 years. They prefer to be somewhat pot-bound, so frequent repotting is not necessary.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Guernsey Lilies require moderate humidity levels, ideally between 40-60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Guernsey Lily in bright light, away from drafts, and water sparingly.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Guernsey Lily in full sun, shelter from wind, in well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Nerine Elegance Series, commonly known as Guernsey Lily, begins its life cycle when a bulb is planted in well-draining soil during spring or early summer. After planting, roots establish and foliage begins to grow, forming strap-shaped leaves. The plant enters a dormant period in late summer when the leaves die back, during which time it conserves energy for the blooming phase. In autumn, the Guernsey Lily produces tall flower stalks with clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, ranging from pink to white, without any foliage present. Once the flowering period is over, the seed pods mature and can be harvested to propagate new plants if seed propagation is desired. Finally, the bulb enters a rest period through the winter, when it is important to keep it relatively dry until the next growth cycle begins in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Nerine bowdenii, commonly known as the Guernsey Lily, is predominantly propagated by dividing the bulbs, ideally at the time when they are dormant. The most popular method to propagate this plant is by offset bulbs that form naturally around the base of the mother plant. This is generally done in late spring after flowering has finished, or in early summer when the bulbs are fully ripe. To propagate, gently lift the entire clump of bulbs from the soil and carefully separate the offset bulbs from the main bulb. Smaller offsets should be replanted immediately at a depth of about 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12.7 centimeters) and spaced around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) apart to allow room for growth. It is essential to ensure that the bulbs are planted in well-drained soil and in a position that receives full sunlight to mimic their native South African habitat.