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Zephyranthes is often confused with:
Habranthus Habranthus robusta

Zephyranthes

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
zeh-fih-RANTH-eez
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Zephyranthes, commonly called rain lily, is a bulbous perennial that is native to the Rio de la Plata region of South America. In the wild, plants often burst into bloom immediately following periods of significant rain, hence the common name.  These crocus-shaped flowers with needle-like foliage; prefer well-drained soil. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Apricot Queen
  • Aquarius
  • Big Shot
  • Bombay
  • Jacula Crimson
  • Labuffarosea
  • Libra
  • Panama Pink
  • Prairie Sunset
  • Starfrost
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Apricot Queen
  • Aquarius
  • Big Shot
  • Bombay
  • Jacula Crimson
  • Labuffarosea
  • Libra
  • Panama Pink
  • Prairie Sunset
  • Starfrost
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zephyranthes
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northeastern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
    Distribution:
    Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain Eastern Mountains and Piedmont
    Bulb Storage:
    In fall before first frost, dig, dry and store bulbs for winter in a cool, frost-free location in a medium such as peat or vermiculite that is given minimal moisture at 50 - 60 degree Fahrenheit (-2 Celsius).
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • 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 Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Crocus-like flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Rock Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Digestive signs of vomiting and diarrhea if the bulbs are eaten.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Phenanthridine alkaloids including lycorine, galantine, and tazettine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Stems