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Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.

Author: William Herbert, 1820
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  14 Centimetres
Height:  45 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink - Rose - Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Guernsey Lily, Red Nerine, Berglelie
Synonyms:  Amaryllis sarniensis, Carl von Linnaeus, 1753.
And a lot more, see below...

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by William Herbert in 1820. It is found in South and Western Cape in South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to fourteen centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 45 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over pink and orange to red, although I believe the wild plants are mainly red.

The genera name from nereids referring to the sea-nymphs in Greek mythology. The species name from Sarnia, the Latin name for the Guernsey Islands it should have been washed on shore, and where is have been growing on for the last 300 years.

This is a winter-grower, flowering in the late autumn.

Amaryllis corusca Ker Gawl.
Amaryllis curvifolia Jacq.
Amaryllis dubia Houtt.
Amaryllis fothergilii Poir.
Amaryllis fothergillia Andrews
Amaryllis jacquinii Tratt.
Amaryllis pulchra Salisb.
Amaryllis sarniensis L.
Amaryllis venusta Ker Gawl.
Galatea rosea Herb.
Galatea sarniensis (L.) Herb. ex Steud.
Haemanthus sarniensis (L.) Thunb.
Imhofia corusca (Ker Gawl.) Salisb.
Imhofia curvifolia (Jacq.) Kuntze
Imhofia glauca Salisb.
Imhofia moorei (Leichtlin) Kuntze
Imhofia sarniensis (L.) Salisb.
Imhofia venusta (Ker Gawl.) Salisb.
Nerine cochinchinensis M.Roem.
Nerine corusca (Ker Gawl.) Herb.
Nerine curvifolia (Jacq.) Herb.
Nerine fothergillii (Poir.) M.Roem.
Nerine insignis Leichtlin
Nerine jacquinii (Tratt.) M.Roem.
Nerine moorei Leichtlin
Nerine rosea Herb.
Nerine rosea-crispa Mottet
Nerine venusta (Ker Gawl.) Herb.
Lilium sarniense (L.) Curtis