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Habranthus

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ha-BRAN-thus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Habaranthus is a genus of summer blooming bulbs, commonly referred to as rain lilies. They are tender bulbs and do not survive below 50 degrees. They typically appear in late spring through to autumn in response to rain. In colder regions, they may be grown in pots kept frost-free in winter. Rain lilies should be planted 6 inches apart at a depth of 3 inches with the tops of the bulbs at the soil level.  Bloom is erratic because it is dependent on rain, but they may bloom several times during the summer.

Large clumps of bulbs need to be divided every few years in a grouping of three or more bulbs.

Snails and slugs are the only pests reported to feed on rainlily leaves.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • H. brachyandrus
  • H. gracilifolius
  • H. immaculatus
  • H. martinexii
  • H. tubispathus var. texnsis
Tags:
#tropical#sun#rain garden#small spaces#white flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#copper#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#summer bulbs#tender bulb#container
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • H. brachyandrus
  • H. gracilifolius
  • H. immaculatus
  • H. martinexii
  • H. tubispathus var. texnsis
Tags:
#tropical#sun#rain garden#small spaces#white flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#copper#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#summer bulbs#tender bulb#container
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Habranthus
    Family:
    Amaryllidoideae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    native to tropical and semi-tropical regions of the Americas
    Bulb Storage:
    Keep bulbs in planting medium and store at 41-50°F (5-10°C).
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    They are funnel-shaped flowers and are either solitary or in umbels of up to 4 flowers. They grow pointing upward at an angle and have unequal sized stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Squirrels
    Wet Soil
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and sometimes death in humans and other animals
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    poisonous alkaloid lycorine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots