More Nerine coming

Paul Tyerman
Tue, 05 Aug 2003 04:39:49 PDT

>I have two pots of Nerine krigei sending up scapes.  These have bloomed 
>before, and I have old pictures at URL = 

Lovely.  The flower looks very similar to Nerine humilis as far as I can
tell.  I love the wonderful twisted foliage of N. krigei but have never
flowered mine yet (neither purchased bulbs or the 3 seedlings I have)

>I have several large batches of bulbs of Nerine angulata, but I just now 
>have the very first scape any of them have produced.  I guess they were not 
>up to blooming size until now.  I'm really looking forward to seeing it 
>bloom.  I gather that this species has been sunk into N. angustifolia.

Nerine angulata is one of my favourite species of Nerine that I grow here.
It flower religiously every year, which can't be said for that many of the
Nerines when grown in pots.  This one has had a LOT of stems produced each
year.... this year there were 15 scapes from a 7 inch squat pot that was
not repotted after last years flowering.  I find that this is pretty much
evergreen, at least it has been whenever i have looked.  Lovely shape to
the flower and as I said, very floriforous.  I am unfamiliar with N.

>NN. gracilis and rehmannii are in bloom.  This is the first bloom of N. 
>gracilis I've ever seen.  The flowers are tiny.

I have never come across either of these names but would definitely be
interested in seeing pictures of either/both when in flower.  Have you
flowered Nerine masoniorum?  The flowers on it are absolutely amazing to me
(my other favourite species nerine.... although I was pretty taken with
Nerine undulata when it flowered this year <grin>) as they are perfectly
formed but only around 1cm wide, with gorgeous rippled edges to the petals.
 How does N. gracilis compare to this (if you have flowered it)?

I have had NN. bowdenii (some variety or other, who knows), bowdenii
'Winter Cheer', fothergilli 'Major', flexuosa 'alba' (or is this now
undulata 'alba' as I have heard, but cannot at all understand the reasoning
for), undulata, filamentosa, masoniorum, angulata, filifolia, humilis and
pudica flower for me here, but have not yet flowered krigei, fothergilli
'Minor' and umtata (I have heard differing reports on umtata being a
synonym or form of another species?).  I also have a heap of different
hybrids that flower well for me, plus the odd different form of bowdenii.
They are such a wonderfully varies genus and I love them dearly.... plus
they are a tough as nails which can be rather handy!! <big grin>

Lovely to see your pic of krigei as I am hoping it will flower one of these
years.  As I said above.... please post more pics when you have them.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about
anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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