Guernsey Lily Nerine 'Rose Princess'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Nerine 'Rose Princess'


Nerine 'Rose Princess' is an ornamental flowering plant known for its striking bloom display. It showcases clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers with a shimmering, lustrous quality. The petals are often a vibrant shade of pink, with each individual flower marked by crinkled or slightly ruffled edges that enhance its delicate charm. The flowers are held aloft on slender, leafless stalks that rise above the foliage. The leaves of 'Rose Princess' are strap-like, with a glossy, deep green color, providing a lovely contrast to the bright flowers. The foliage tends to have a lush, arching habit, which adds to the overall graceful appearance of the plant. As the plant matures, it forms a clump of these slender leaves, creating a dense tuft. The floral display of 'Rose Princess' creates a dramatic effect in the garden or when cut and displayed in vases. Overall, the plant exudes an air of elegance and is appreciated for the burst of color it provides.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, Spider Lily, Diamond Lily

    • Common names

      Nerine 'Rose Princess'.

  • 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

    • Ornamental Value: Nerine 'Rose Princess' is known for its striking flowers, adding a splash of color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerance: As a bulbous plant, it is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for xeric and water-wise gardens.
    • Seasonal Interest: This plant typically blooms in the fall, providing late-season interest when many other plants are no longer flowering.
    • Low Maintenance: Nerine 'Rose Princess' requires minimal care once planted, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking low-maintenance options.
    • Cut Flower: The blooms make excellent cut flowers, lasting well in a vase and offering an aesthetic value indoors as well as outside.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The vibrant flowers attract pollinators such as bees, helping to support local ecosystems.
    • Hardiness: It is relatively hardy and can survive in colder temperatures with appropriate care and protection.
    • Bulb Propagation: The plant can reproduce from bulbs, making it easy to propagate and share with fellow gardeners.
    • Compact Size: With its compact growth habit, it is well suited to containers and small garden spaces.
    • Deer Resistance: Nerine 'Rose Princess' is typically resistant to deer, reducing the likelihood of damage from wildlife.

  • 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

    • Art and Illustration: The Nerine 'Rose Princess' can be used as a subject for botanical art and illustration due to its distinct pink blossoms, providing inspiration for artists and illustrators.
    • Photography Projects: This plant, with its vibrant color and unique flower structure, can be a focal point for photography projects, particularly in macro photography.
    • Textile Design: The intricate patterns of the Nerine 'Rose Princess' petals can inspire designs for textiles such as scarves, dresses, or upholstery fabric.
    • Wedding Bouquets: The elegant and durable blooms make this plant a suitable choice for inclusion in wedding bouquets or as part of floral arrangements for ceremonies.
    • Education: The Nerine 'Rose Princess' can be used in educational settings to teach about plant life cycles, the process of hybridization, or bulb growth.
    • Floral Crafts: The blooms can be used in dried flower arrangements or for making potpourri due to their shape and potential to retain color.
    • Collectibles: Enthusiasts may cultivate the Nerine 'Rose Princess' as part of a rare bulb collection, showcasing different hybrids and species of Nerine.
    • Garden Themes: This plant can be utilized in garden themes that focus on pink-colored plants or as part of a princess-themed garden for children.
    • Plant Competitions: Gardeners may enter the Nerine 'Rose Princess' in plant or flower competitions due to its striking appearance and to showcase gardening skills.
    • Eco-Friendly Gifting: The bulbs of the Nerine 'Rose Princess' can be given as eco-friendly gifts that encourage sustainable gardening and appreciation of rare plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Nerine is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Nerine is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Pride - Nerine 'Rose Princess', often just referred to as Nerine, is commonly associated with pride due to its striking, bold flowers that stand tall and confident.
    • Good Fortune - In some floral languages, Nerines symbolize good luck and fortune, making them popular gifts for celebratory occasions.
    • Survivor's Spirit - Nerines are hardy plants, often blooming vibrantly when other plants are fading, symbolizing the strength and resilience to thrive against odds.
    • Eternal Beauty - With its elegant blooms, the Nerine symbolizes a lasting beauty that endures through time, thus celebrating eternal and undiminished attractiveness.
    • Transformation - The late blooming nature of Nerines is emblematic of personal transformation and change, often marking significant shifts in one's life.

Every 2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Guernsey Lily should be watered moderately during its growing season, which is generally from late summer to autumn. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry, providing a thorough drenching so that water reaches the deep roots. On average, watering once a week should be sufficient, but always check the soil moisture to adjust the frequency. Since conditions vary, it's best to water with 1 to 2 gallons depending on the pot size and environmental factors, to ensure proper hydration without waterlogging. During the dormant period, after the leaves have died back, reduce watering significantly to prevent bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Guernsey Lily thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. A spot that receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily is ideal for this plant. If placed indoors, a south-facing window will be the best space to ensure it gets adequate light, encouraging better blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Guernsey Lily prefers a moderate climate and requires a period of cooler temperature to initiate flowering. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60°F and 75°F. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 50°F and as high as 80°F, but extreme temperatures beyond this range may damage the plant or inhibit flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Guernsey Lily isn't typically required for the health of the plant; however, removing faded flowers can encourage the development of new blooms. After flowering, cut back the flower stalks but leave the leaves intact to continue providing energy to the bulb. Prune only when necessary, generally after blooming, to maintain the plant's appearance and health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Nerine 'Rose Princess', commonly known as Guernsey Lily, is a well-draining sandy loam enriched with organic matter. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Incorporating some horticultural grit or perlite can enhance drainage, crucial for preventing bulb rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Guernsey Lilies should be repotted every three to five years or when they become overcrowded. Overcrowding can lead to a decrease in flowering, so repotting can help maintain plant vigor and bloom production.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Guernsey Lilies prefer moderate humidity levels but are fairly adaptable. Aim for a humidity level of around 40-50% as the ideal range for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with good airflow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Nerine 'Rose Princess', also known as the Guernsey Lily, begins its life cycle when the bulbous structures underground start to develop roots and shoots in the late summer or early fall. The shoots then emerge above the soil surface as slender, strap-like leaves providing the plant with energy through photosynthesis. Following the foliage development, flower stalks grow, and the plant produces showy, rose-pink blooms typically in early to mid-fall. After flowering, the Nerine 'Rose Princess' enters a dormant period in winter, where the leaves die back and the plant conserves energy within the bulb. In spring, the cycle begins again, the foliage regrows, and the plant replenishes its reserves for subsequent blooming. The Nerine 'Rose Princess' may also produce offsets from the main bulb, which can be separated and planted to propagate new plants, continuing the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Nerine 'Rose Princess', commonly referred to as the Guernsey Lily or Jersey Lily, is best propagated through division, a method that allows gardeners to separate offsets from the parent plant. This is typically done after the foliage has died back, often in late spring or early summer, when the bulb is dormant. To propagate by division, gently lift the mature clump from the ground using a spade or fork, being careful not to damage the bulbs. Shake off any excess soil and carefully separate the offsets, which are the small bulbs that have formed around the base of the mother plant, ensuring that each offset has a portion of the base plate from which roots will grow. These offsets can then be replanted immediately at the same depth they were growing previously, spaced approximately 6 inches (15 cm) apart to allow ample room for growth.