Plant Care Cornish lily

Cornish lily

About Cornish lily

Cape Flower is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is drought tolerant but requires moisture during the growing season. It grows to 2 feet tall with strap-shaped leaves and large umbels of lily-like pink flowers in the fall.


Nerine bowdenii

Also known as

Cornish lily, Cape flower, Guernsey lily and Bowden lily

How to care for Cornish lily


How often to water your Cornish lily

Water needs for Cornish lily
0.5 cups
every 9

Cornish lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cornish lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cornish lily: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cornish lily love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cornish lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Cornish lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cornish lily: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cornish lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cornish lily is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Cornish lily

Cornish lily

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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