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Zephyranthes katherinae

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: katherinae (KATH-er-in-ay) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nnnursery On Jan 18, 2011, nnnursery from Fayetteville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grow Z.katherinae as well as many, many other species here at Nearly Native Nursery. We are in Zone 7 / zip is 30215 where our last winter (2010) we had a 7 day full week of below freezing temps day and night which was close to a all time record for us and Kathrinae pulled through just fine and flowered even with a NW exposure . Of all 17 species with grow only Z. rosea has difficulties with our winters. I would love to acquire the red form of Z. katherinae or any species with orange flowers if any one has them.
Jim Rodgers

Neutral smiln32 On Dec 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This Zephyrantes species is fairly tender to severe winter conditions. It is only hardy in U.S. zones 8-10/11. Bulbs should be planted at a depth where the "neck" is just under the soil line. It is not particular about soil types, but prefers full sun.


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

Fayetteville, Georgia
Mesquite, Nevada

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