Rain Lily, Rainlily, Fairy Lily, Zephyr Lily
Zephyranthes chichimeca

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: chichimeca (chee-chee-MAY-kah) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 9, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a Howard and Ogden discovery of 1990 and is native to Mexico. They claim its a difficult species, best for container culture in full sun. Blooms are pink or white and crocus-shaped.

Neutral

On Aug 9, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Found in Mexico. A distinctive inhabitant of the mesa area characterised by alkaline desert soils. Develops tufts of liner foliage in common with Zephyranthes longifolia and Zephyranthes crociflora which also inhabit this area. Distinguished by its pink or rose blushed petals, clustering habit and obovate to spatulate petals.