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Zephyranthes atamasca (Atamasco Lily)

Atamasco Lily, Rain Lily, Amaryllis atamasca, Atamosco atamasca, Zephyranthes atamasca var. atamasca

Zephyranthes atamasca, Atamasco Lily, Rain Lily, Amaryllis atamasca, Atamosco atamasca, Zephyranthes atamasca var. atamasca, White flowers
Zephyranthes atamasca, Atamasco Lily, Rain Lily, Amaryllis atamasca, Atamosco atamasca, Zephyranthes atamasca var. atamasca, White flowers

Zephyranthes atamasca (Atamasco Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting large, upward-facing, lily-like white flowers (rarely pink) with bright yellow stamens and 6 distinct lobes that unite at the base to form a funnel. Blooming in early spring to early summer, the showy blossoms are borne singly atop leafless stalks rising above a tuft of narrow, grass-like, bright green leaves. Atamasco Lily, also called Rain Lily, typically blooms after a rain shower. Providing a stunning display in the garden, Atamasco Lily makes an excellent accent where it can be admired. It is lovely in mass plantings, and also works well in lawns as it can be mowed. After flowering, Atamasco lily quickly goes dormant, so be sure to interplant companion plants.

  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). Will naturalize and spread to create charming colonies.
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade in humus-rich, neutral to slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates seasonal flooding. Will bloom best with 1 to 2 hours of direct sun or 3 or more hours of dappled light.
  • Spectacular when planted in great swathes along paths or sidewalks. A good candidate for coastal gardens, cottage gardens, prairies, and meadows or along ponds and streams.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Atamasco Lilies are only hardy to zones 7-10. Therefore, in cooler areas, their bulbs will have to be dug up before the first frost and stored indoors over the winter in a cool, dry place before being replanted in spring. If grown in pots or containers, they should also be overwintered in a cool, frost-free location with just enough moisture to keep the soil from totally drying out.
  • Propagate by seed or division of mature clumps.
  • All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Zephyranthes
Common names Rain Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Maryland, Southeast, Northeast, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Zephyranthes drummondii (Evening Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes candida (Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes citrina (Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes rosea (Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes grandiflora (Rain Lily)

Recommended Companion Plants

Thalictrum thalictroides (Rue Anemone)
Tiarella cordifolia (Foam Flower)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)
Stokesia laevis (Stokes Aster)
Aquilegia canadensis (Canadian Columbine)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)
Ruellia caroliniensis (Carolina Wild Petunia)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Zephyranthes
Common names Rain Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Maryland, Southeast, Northeast, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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