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 RainflowerRain Lily or Zephyr Lily.


Common Name:  RainflowerRain Lily or Zephyr Lily

Botanical Name:  Zephyranthes

Family:  Amaryllidacea

Plant Type:  Bulbous perennial

Origin: North to South America

Zones: 9 – 10

Height:  4″-8″

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

Form:  Semi-erect

Leaves:  Thin, strap-shaped basal leaves to 16″

Flowers:  Crocus-like, white (Zephyranthes candida), yellow (Zephyranthes sulphurea), pink (Zephyranthes grandiflora) or red flowers (Zephyranthes rosea)

Fruits: None

Pests:  Few

Uses:  Sunny border or rock garden

Bad Habits: None

Cost:  $$ — reasonable

Propagation:   Offset separation in spring or seeds

Source (“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”):  The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants