November 1, 2009

Nerine sarniensis 'Isandwlana'

This year, the Nerine sarniensis are blooming incredibly well, with most in full flower as I type this. I have added a few new Exbury hybrids and this one is particularly unusual, especially it's name, which I first thought was an error, until I Googled it, and discovered that Isandwlana is a place in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa. sandlwana, in Zulu, means "something like a little house. " according to a tourist site description. Regardless, at lease I know that this is not an error in my typing! Which, of course, never happens!

This variety has unusually stripped petals, and, has a stunning pigment of bluish- violet not found in other forms of Nerine sarniensis cultivars. It's color has been difficult to capture in these photographs, so I have tried multiple exposures and in different light levels such as cloudy, sunny, overcast, etc. Still, you can get a good idea of what it looks like.

Sorry for the delay in posting, I've been traveling, west coast, Los Angeles for work, and now, home again.


  1. What a great Nerine! Brent & Becky shows one similar to that in the summer catalog but they don't mention a name. Is this where you got yours?

    The other nerine look great too. One of the ones you sent which bloomed is now finished flowering. Hopefully next year I will have a few more in flower.

  2. Hey Matt, Your Nerine is so pretty! Everyone at work loves your mag. It got passed around for about 2 weeks. Tessa especially enjoyed it as she's building a greenhouse and was drooling over the Nerine.
    Hope all is good with you & Joe,

  3. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Stunning!! There are so many wonderful Nerine sarniensis hybrids. I am trying to find a source for some of these amazing purples,and 'Isandwlana' is one I'm searching for. They seem abundant in the UK, but having trouble finding them in the US. Any suggestions? Please let me know if you have any leads--cheetah444@hotmail.com

    Many thanks!


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