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Nerine sarniensis

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Nerine sarniensis, commonly known as Guernsey lily or Jersey lily,<ref name=RHS/> is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is the type species of the Nerine genus. It is widely cultivated in the temperate world and is particularly associated with the island of Guernsey, as reflected in both its Latin and common names (sarniensis means "from Guernsey"),<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref> though it does not originate there, nor is it a true lily (it is more closely related to Amaryllis and Sternbergia). It is native to the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa, though it is now naturalized in France, Madeira and Azores.<ref name=kew>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref>

Nerine sarniensis is a bulbous perennial growing to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide, with strap-shaped leaves and umbels of scarlet, lily-like flowers with conspicuous stamens tipped with purple anthers, in late summer and early autumn.<ref>Herbert, William. 1820. Botanical Magazine 47: t. 2124, Nerine rosea (synonym for N. sarniensis) </ref>

In cultivation N. sarniensis requires winter protection in colder areas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref name=RHS>Template:Cite web</ref> Nerine lily is known among florists as one of the longest lasting cut flowers.






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