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lorr 1500lorr 1500 Posts: 69

Hi, just wondering if anyone could explain the difference between agapanthus and nerine bowdenii other than one is white and the other pink they appear to be the same to me.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    They're both bulbs.

    Agapanthus are leafing up now and will flower in summer then die back for winter. They are mostly blue, some white, there may be pinks but I haven't seen them

    Nerines flower in late summer/autumn on bare stems. Then they leaf up and the leaves die away any time soon. They are pink or white.  

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I wondered the same when I read an article in GW mag this evening, very well explained (as always) Mike.

    Which ones grow wild in Cornwall then, does anyone know?  I bought Agapanthus because I thought it was those but may be wrong?

    Incidentally, I thought my Agapanthus had died as I planted them out last Autumn when they came (I think I should have put them in the GH), thankfully we have had a mild winter and they are just peeping through now image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    What colour are the ones wild in Cornwall Tracey?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Blue, I took some photos as I had never seen them and thought they were beautiful.  I can't post them now though as they are on the laptop.........image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    They're agapanthus.

    Nerines are pink or white

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Phew, thanks Nut.  I just hope they flower and look as pretty as the ones in Cornwall as I read on another thread (last week I think) that they don't always flower.  Fingers crossed.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    Mine flower and they don't get any special treatment. They were in the ground for years and flowered. Then they had to be potted up out of the way of drain digging. They flowered. I might plant the back out again soon. I could also remove 3 or 4 well established campanulas  from the pot first. image The agapanthus would appreciate that

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Do you live in Cornwall though Nut?  I think it may be a 'North' issue but can't remember???

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I live near Peterborough Tracey. Most winters minus 7 or 8C, Occasionally minus 13C or lower, On the dry side except for the last 12 months or so.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    That's good then, I'll leave it where it is. Thanks Nut image

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