Nerine sarniensis (L.) Herb.

Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, Spider Lily

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Nerine

Category: Bulb

Zones: (7)8 to 10

Size: 20" tall

Exposure: Sun


Summer dormant. Erect leafless stems with a terminal umbel of funnel-shaped, orange to red flowers in autumn. Linear foliage following bloom.


Published in Bot. Mag. 47: 2124 in 1820 (but not the named subject of the plate).

Basionym Amaryllis sarniensis L. also published in Bot. Mag. 9: 294 in 1795 and Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 34 t. 66 in 1797.

Synonyms: Amaryllis fothergillia Andrews published in Bot. Rep. 3: 163 in 1801, Amaryllis curvifolia Jacq. published in Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 33 t. 64 in 1797, Nerine rosea Herb. published in Bot. Mag. 47: 2124 in 1820.

Native to South Africa.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.


My Experience: 

Available at Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

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