A member of the Amaryllis Family from Africa, Nerine Bowdenii has the characteristic amaryllis form—a clump of bladed foliage that sends up 24- to 30-inch flower stalks or scapes topped with a circle of outward-facing, 2- or 3-inch blossoms. The plant is valued for its overall exotic form, and the blossoms for their extremely vibrant lavender-pink coloring. Nerines can be grown in the garden border where they bloom late summer into fall. Most often they are grown in pots and used for special accents on sunny porches or patios.
In Massachusetts I use to see lots of Packman broccoli pre-started plants available at local nurseries but this year do not see any. We liked this variety since it produces lots of side shoots. It may be too late for this year to grow from seeds but what pre-started varieties could I select which has the same side shoot production as Packman.