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Nerine bowdenii 'Ellex'

A strong-growing, bold, bulbous perennial about 50cm tall, with broad, strap-shaped green leaves. Upright stems hold clusters of lily-like pink flowers with paler wavy, crimped edges, appearing over a long period in autumn

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer
Autumn Pink Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Thrives in well-drained soil, preferably in a sunny, sheltered position for best flowering. Plant bulbs 10cm apart with the neck of the bulb showing above the soil, except for colder areas where they will prefer to be planted 5cm deep for frost protection. See nerine cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division after flowering, or by chipping, see bulb propagation

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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