In this month’s magazine Carmel Duignan reviews beautiful, seasonal Nerines…
Nerine pink is one of the distinctive colours of autumn. It positively glistens among the reds, yellows, purples, magentas and browns of the withering leaves of many of our plants. This shining, bright, shocking pink colour of Nerine bowdenii is a joyful sight in the days when other plants are dying or closing down for winter and, when sun-lit, the display is reminiscent of a sparkling firework.
These bulbous plants are natives of South Africa where they grow in the high light of the Drakensburg Mountains, Cape Province and Orange Free State. They belong to the plant family Amaryllidaceae and there are probably thirty species of which only one or two are reliably hardy in our climate.
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