Guernsey Lily

Common Names: Guernsey Lily, Nerine Lily

Botanical names: Nerine, (near-REEN)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 50 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: A cluster of 6 to 12 lily-like blossoms at the top of a leafless stem 12 to 18 inches long.

Color: Pink, reds and white

Botanical facts: This flower is named after a Greek sea nymph.

Design notes: Wonderful vertical form. Popular in contemporary design and in mixed hand-tie bouquets. Blossoms are used in corsage and wedding work.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when one or two of the blossoms are just ready to open and are showing color.

Conditioning: Cut stems under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Pick off withered blossoms to encourage new buds to open. Storage at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit will make the flowers blue.