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Nerine bowdenii

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nerine (ne-REE-nee) (Info)
Species: bowdenii (bow-DEN-ee-eye) (Info)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
By scoring the base of the bulb to promote new bulblets
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sunimrette On Jan 30, 2008, sunimrette from Zebulon, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought four of these bulbs last spring and planted them in rich soil. They sent up plenty of foliage, but fall came and went without flowers. Then, just as winter was starting, one of them sent up a pale flower stalk, but the flowers were small and almost white- not the bright pink the label had promised. They did not last long before the frost did them in. Maybe I'll just move them to another spot this year and hope for better luck.

Positive slp_ On Nov 21, 2006, slp_ from Santa Paula, CA wrote:

This is a wonderful addition to the garden. It always is a surprise to see these wonder hot pink blossoms in the early fall. It also is a great cut flower to bring into the house and enjoy up close.

Neutral soilsandup On Oct 28, 2004, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have grown this plant outdoors with success for the past few years. They are currently in full bloom right now - adding a wonderful splash of color to the garden this time of the year. Makes a great cut flower.

Neutral eyesoftexas On Aug 9, 2001, eyesoftexas from Toadsuck, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tender, pretty South African bulbous plant from Cape Province is grown in pots north of zone 7. It has narrow, strap-like, mid-green leaves which develop after the flowers appear from late summer to early winter. The distinctive flowers are each formed of six strap-like petals usually twisted at their ends. They are borne in heads of up to eight flowers, at the end of stiff stems up to 2 ft. long.

Cultivation: Any good well drained soil and a sunny position against a south or west facing wall are suitable.

Propagation: Lift and divide.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Houston, Alabama
Brea, California
Moreno Valley, California
Newbury Park, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Paula, California
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Montclair, New Jersey
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Hubbard, Oregon
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Dupont, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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