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  • nerine bulb
  • Eventual height: 0.45m
  • Eventual spread: 0.25m

Nerine bowdenii

nerine bulb

RHS award of garden merit
1 bulb £3.99
1 bulb £3.99
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: September to November
  • Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)

    Coming on strong at a time of the year when most plants are looking decidedly sorry for themselves, this bulbous perennial makes a wonderful addition to the mixed border. The flowers it produces are quite exotic-looking, a strong clear pink with a wavy edge to the petals. They top stout upright stems, which arise (usually before, but sometimes with) the low tufts of strap-shaped foliage. Tolerant of low temperatures provided they are not too wet, they originate from South Africa so will be happiest in a freely draining soil where they can bake in full sun. They flower best when they are congested, so will work well in pots and containers.

  • Garden care:Plant shallowly outside with their neck just above the surface of the soil at 10 - 15cm intervals from April onwards. They are happiest in a dense clump, so once planted avoid disturbing the roots and only lift and divide them when they have outgrown their allotted space.
  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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