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Zephyranthes is a genus of 70 species of bulbous perennials, some evergreen. Of the family Amaryllidacea they native from North to South America. They are grown for their erect, funnel-shaped, crocus-like flowers which bloom spring to autumn often a few days after rainstorms. They are commonly known as Rainflower, Rain Lily or Zephyr Lily.
Common Name: Rainflower, Rain Lily or Zephyr Lily
Botanical Name: Zephyranthes
Plant Type: Bulbous perennial
Origin: North to South America
Zones: 9 - 10
Rate of Growth: Fast
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Soil Requirements: Fertile, well-drained soil
Water Requirements: Water freely
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly
Light Requirements: Full sun
Leaves: Thin, strap-shaped basal leaves to 16"
Flowers: Crocus-like, white, yellow, pink or red flowers
Uses: Sunny border or rock garden
Bad Habits: None
Cost: $$ -- reasonable
Propagation: Offset separation in spring or seeds
Sources: A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
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