Plant ID forum: What is this flower?

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New Port Richey, Florida
beauknowsdiddly
Jul 22, 2017 2:45 PM CST
I found this in my yard and dug it out. Some wild flower I would imagine but its very pretty. Can you tell me what it is? Will it bloom often?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 22, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Welcome!

It is a Rain Lily or Fairy Lily (Zephyranthes). They often seem to pop up out of no where but they are actually opportunistic bulbs that sprout when conditions are favorable.
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New Port Richey, Florida
beauknowsdiddly
Jul 22, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Thank you Daisy!! Thank You!

So it says, they are annuals.... Does that mean that they just bloom once and then die? I thought anything with a bulb blooms yearly, no?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jul 22, 2017 7:14 PM CST
I've never heard ANY bulb being called an annual. Some act as annuals in the wrong climates, but that's not the classification. My rain lilies multiply and bloom every time I water all summer.
New Port Richey, Florida
beauknowsdiddly
Jul 22, 2017 11:13 PM CST
ctcarol said:I've never heard ANY bulb being called an annual. Some act as annuals in the wrong climates, but that's not the classification. My rain lilies multiply and bloom every time I water all summer.



Thank you Carol!
I found that classification under rain lily bulbs mix at americanmeadows. I can't post the link yet, I'm too new. Blinking

Do they come back every year though? Or just through the one Summer? These would look great mixed in with a bunch of Amaryllis Hurray!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 22, 2017 11:42 PM CST
Zephyranthes are perennials, not annuals and they are lot lilies - they are related to Amaryllis.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jul 23, 2017 6:28 AM CST
Ours come back year after year.
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lauribob
Jul 23, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Welcome to the site! I would bet that if you live in Florida there will be no problem with your rain lily coming back and multiplying.
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