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Author: William Herbert, 1820
Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  14 Centimetres
Height:  45 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink - Rose - Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Guernsey Lily, Red Nerine, Berglelie
Synonyms:  Amaryllis sarniensis, Carl von Linnaeus, 1753.Amaryllis dubia,  Maarten Houttuyn, 1780 .

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by William Herbert in 1820. It is found in South and Western Cape of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to fourteen centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 45 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over pink and orange to red, although I believe the wild plants mainly are red..

The genera name from nereids referring to the sea-nymphs in Greek mythology. The species name from Sarnia, the Latin name for the Guernsey Islands it should have been washed on shore, and where is have been growing on for the last 300 years.

This is a winter-grower, flowering in the late autumn.


Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.