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PlantFiles: Rain Lily, Rainlily, Atamasco Lily, Wild Easter Lily
Zephyranthes atamasca

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: atamasca (at-uh-MAS-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Zephyranthes atamasco
Synonym:Amaryllis atamasca

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On Jan 20, 2007, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This particular Zephyranthes likes wet, acidic, rich soil enriched with leaf mould. Offsets well and sets and grows fast from seed.

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Dec 10, 2002, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is easy to grow from bulb. Blooms appear mainly after rains. Have not found it to be susceptible to any plant pests thus far.

Neutral Terry On Aug 22, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Atamasco Lilies are found in swampy forests and coastal prairies throughout the Eastern half of the U.S. Their curious name is from a Native American word.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Calera, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Gretna, Louisiana
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Liberty, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Brownsville, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lubbock, Texas

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