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Zephyranthes candida

Rain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink, White





Skill level


photo by Tim Gainey, copyright GAP Photos (231745)

Plant details

There are several species of zephyranthes. Most other varieties are too tender to grow outdoors, although they are excellent house and conservatory plants. This South American species is the hardiest, provided it is given a warm, sheltered position on light, moist soil, during the growing season - it is a native of marshes and moist riverbanks. The pure pink flowers with white throats are very attractive, especially en masse, and resemble wide open crocuses. It looks particularly effective when grown as an edging to a sunny path or border.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Zephyranthes

Species: candida

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink, White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 20cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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