A picture of a Bowden Lily

Bowden Lily

Nerine bowdenii

Also known as

Spider Lily, Large Pink Nerine

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Bowden Lily

Nerine bowdenii subsp. bowdenii from southern KwaZulu-Natal
Nerine bowdenii subsp. bowdenii ripe seeds
Nerine bowdenii subsp. wellsii from Mont-aux-Sources
David McDonald
Nerine bowdenii showing declinate stamens and style

Bowden Lily Overview

Nerine bowdenii is an autumn-flowering geophyte with impressive, large, pink or rarely pure white blooms, carried on long sturdy stems. It is the most important nerine in ornamental horticulture, highly valued for its cold tolerance, suitability as a container subject and massed bedding plant, and for its long-lasting cut flowers.

Common problems with Bowden Lily

How to propagate Bowden Lily

Division

Propagation is by seed when fresh or divide offsets in the autumn or when the leaves die down.

Seed

Special features of Bowden Lily

Pot plant

Other uses of Bowden Lily

Rock garden, container, walls