Nerine sp. (Jersey Lily) is a small plant, typically standing between 2-5 ft tall. They are native to South Africa and are a deciduous species that is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant grows in USDA zones 9-11 and is best cultivated in pots and flowerbeds. It is advised to pot in a somewhat gritty mix that allows drainage but also safeguards the bulb from dehydration in its dry dormant period. While in active growth, they require full sun or semi shade to flourish. Regular water is necessary and a moderate level of fertilizer is preferred.
Nerine sp. exhibits beautiful pink, white, off-white, red, crimson and vinous flowers. These flowers make the plant aesthetically pleasing and enrich any garden. While these flowers require more water and care than most, it is totally worth the effort for the delightful sight and scent it brings to your home. In colder regions, pots are the ideal choice to grow this plant. When potting, be sure to use a medium that drains well and contains organic material to ensure proper development. Regular watering and moderate fertilizing will help retain the bloom of the flowers throughout the year.