• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Nerine humilis

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

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  • Synonyms Nerine humilis subsp. humilis
    Nerine humilis var. humilis

  • Family Amaryllidaceae

  • Genus Nerine are summer-dormant, perennial bulbs with erect leafless stems each bearing a terminal umbel of funnel-shaped flowers in autumn, and strap-shaped or linear leaves appearing after the flowers

  • Details N. humilis is a variable, perennial bulb. The flowers develop in autumn at the same time as the strap-shaped, spreading leaves. The petals are narrow, with wavy edges, in various shades of pink. There can be from one to 12 flowers on each stem, which may be 10-40cm tall

  • Plant range South Africa (Cape)

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Tufted

  • Toxicity May cause mild stomach upset if eaten

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H2

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in pots of loam-based potting compost, planting in spring or autumn, so the bulb tips are above the compost surface; they flower best when congested. Provide full light, water freely when in active growth, give a low nitrogen feed after flowering, then keep warm and dry when dormant in summer. See also nerine cultivation

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat as soon as ripe or by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning Deadhead after flowering

Pests Generally problem free

Diseases Generally disease free

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