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Rain Lily, Rainlily
Habranthus brachyandrus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Habranthus (ha-BRAN-thus) (Info)
Species: brachyandrus (brak-ee-AND-rus) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Groundcovers

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

North Port, Florida

Venice, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Liberty, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 22, 2006, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is among my favorite of all rain lilies because of its size and that it continuously blooms in waves. The large Hippeastrum-like flowers all face in the same direction and give a charming effect. They are about 4" long and across and on stems from 12" to 24", depending on how much rain has spurred them to bloom and whether they are in shade or sun (shorter in sun). The leaves are about 1/3" wide and are flat and floppy but not unattractive in the garden.

The seed should be collected as the pods are just showing yellow and beginning to split (the seed will be very black and very shiny) and sown immediately (not allowed to dry out). They germinate immediately when sown in this manner. If allowed to dry out, they will germinate, but much later, sometimes as long as... read more