Nerine sarniensis

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For another plant known as Guernsey lily, see Nerine bowdenii.
Nerine sarniensis
Guernsey lily, Jersey lily
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Nerine
Species: N. sarniensis
Binomial name
Nerine sarniensis

Nerine sarniensis, commonly known as Guernsey lily or Jersey lily,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is widely cultivated in the temperate world and is particularly associated with the island of Guernsey, as reflected in both its Latin and common names (sarniensis means "from Guernsey"),[2] though it doesn't originate there, nor is it a true lily (it is more closely related to Amaryllis and Sternbergia). It is native to the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa, though it is now naturalized in France, Madeira and Azores.[3]

Nerine sarniensis is a bulbous perennial growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall by 8 cm (3 in) wide, with strap-shaped leaves and umbels of scarlet, lily-like flowers with conspicuous stamens tipped with purple anthers, in late summer and early autumn.[4]

In cultivation N. sarniensis requires winter protection in colder areas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[1] Nerine lily is known among florists as one of the longest lasting cut flowers.


  1. ^ a b "RHS Plant Selector - Nerine sarniensis". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Herbert, William. 1820. Botanical Magazine 47: t. 2124, Nerine sarniensis

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