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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Zephyranthes candida Accepted
Zephyranthes candida var. major Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Other: Blooms are stimulated and flower best when triggered by rainfall
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellow stamens and green throat
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 2 to 4 weeks
Depth to plant seed: 1/8 inch
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Collect shiny black seeds from capsules when yellow and beginning to split. Viability decreases rapidly after harvest; sow fresh seeds on moist potting soil and add enough media on top to cover. Press gently. Place in indirect light and keep moist.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 30, 2011 1:12 PM

Considered one of the hardier of the Rain Lilies. Pest-proof.
Mine are grown in a pot overwintered dry in the basement.
This species native to the marshlands of the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay & Argentina.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 30, 2011 6:08 PM

Many Zephyranthes are native to the Southeastern U.S. and Central and South America. They bloom in my sandy Florida garden off and on from late spring through summer. I always forget about these beauties until they magically appear after seasonal rains, and it's understandable how they got their common name of "Rain Lily".

My Climate:

USDA Zone 9b East Central Florida
Average Relative Humidity 75%

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