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

Common names
  • Rain Lily
  • Rainlily
  • Fairy Lily
  • White Zephyr Lily
  • Peruvian Swamp Lily
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Zephyranthes candida
  • Synonym: Zephyranthes candida var. major

Photo Gallery
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-09-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 9-`15-11
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-10-03
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: August 28, 2022
Rain lily # 96 nn; RAB p. 320, 44-4-3; AG page 516, 114-1 —?; L
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: August 28, 2022
Rain lily # 96 nn; RAB p. 320, 44-4-3; AG page 516, 114-1 —?; L
Location: RHS Harlow Carr alpine house, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-08-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-09-15
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2012-07-23
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: August 28, 2022
Rain lily # 96 nn; RAB p. 320, 44-4-3; AG page 516, 114-1 —?; L
Location: My garden
Location: Hood, Alabama
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-04-20
Location: Hortus botanicus - Leiden
Date: 2008-08-31
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-03
White Rain Lily 003 Panorama
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-12
he green & yellow against the white - so lovely
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-10

Date: 2013-10-05
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-02
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-02
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-08-26
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-08-18
Location: Plano, TX
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-09-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-23
Skipper BF included
Location: Desert Demonstration Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Date: September 2004
photo by Stan Shebs

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-13
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-09-22
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-21
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 30, 2011 1:12 PM concerning plant:
    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.

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