Rain Lily (Zephyranthes 'Libra') in the Rain Lilies Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 6 - 12 inches
Plant Spread: 6 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Other: Blooms are stimulated and flower best when triggered by rainfall
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Roots are poisonous
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

Rain Lily Libra

The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming BulbsThe Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
By dave on March 28, 2015

We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.

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Posted by MollyMc (Florida Tundra) on Mar 20, 2016 3:54 PM

I planted rain lily bulbs scattered throughout the flower beds 10 years ago when I moved here. We were in drought for about 3 years and I forgot all about them.

Then the summer rains returned and these were popping up everywhere after the rains. I couldn't believe they stayed dormant and survived that long.

And I also am tickled everytime I see them, so many more than I put in.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 16, 2011 9:15 PM

One of the most delightful plants in the world! I call them my giggle flowers because every time I see the blooms I giggle like a six-year-old. Tough, hardy, and able to take sun & drought like nobody's business, these lovely plants take it all and then present you with marvelous blooms. There simply isn't enough good I can say about them! I will say that they self seed freely as well as multiplying. They will certainly naturalize in short order. But they're so sweet --- who can resist?

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 5:06 AM

Mine came back for a few years reliably. Then this spring, when I put down a heavy wood mulch, I think I lost them. Boo hoo. They are a lot of fun because they bloom right after the rain and are a little mysterious because they flower when they want to, not on any schedule I could make out.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Flower I've never seen? by JamesAcclaims Aug 24, 2016 11:55 AM 12
A beautiful amaryllid type bulb flowering very late in fall in open garden by hampartsum May 20, 2016 8:34 PM 15

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