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Zephyranthes grandiflora (Rain Lily)

Cuban Zephyr Lily, Fairy Lily, Pink Rain Lily, Rainlily, Zephyranthes carinata

Zephyranthes grandiflora, Cuban Zephyr Lily, Fairy Lily, Pink Rain Lily, Rainlily, Pink flowers

Zephyranthes grandiflora (Rain Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting large, open-faced, pink flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm), adorned with a white throat and floppy, golden anthers. Blooming in succession in mid to late summer, they sit atop upright stems rising above a tuft of narrowly strap-shaped green leaves. The flowers open out flat at midday and close in the afternoon. Brightening up the garden for weeks, this is probably the finest of the Rain Lilies in cultivation. Pretty in rock gardens, at the front of borders or in containers.

  • Grows up to 9-12 in. tall (22-30 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Will naturalize and spread to create charming colonies.
  • Thrives in full sun in moderately fertile, moist and well-drained soils. Protect from winter wet.
  • Spectacular when planted in great swathes along paths or sidewalks. Good candidate for border fronts, rock gardens and containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Zephyranthes grandiflora is only hardy to zones 9-10. Therefore, in cooler areas, the 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, sown with moderate heat as soon as ripe. Separate offsets in spring.
  • Native to Mexico to Guatemala.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 10
Heat Zones 9 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Zephyranthes
Common names Fairy Lily
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Depth 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Zephyranthes atamasca (Atamasco Lily)
Zephyranthes drummondii (Evening Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes candida (Rain Lily)
Zephyranthes citrina (Rain Lily)
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 10
Heat Zones 9 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Zephyranthes
Common names Fairy Lily
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Depth 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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