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Zephyranthes macrosiphon

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: macrosiphon (mak-roh-SY-fon) (Info)

4 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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall


Other details:
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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive goofybulb On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've grown my rain lilies in pots outside, in full Miami sun. They gave a spectacular show during the last two summers. Beautiful delicate pink flowers appear either after heavy rains or after a good hosing, lasting 2-3 days. No fragrance, but they get visited by bees and butterflies.

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

This bulb was first identified by Baker in 1881 and is often confused with Zephyranthes grandiflora; but, it blooms much more often and has taller scapes and is native to Northern Mexico. The foliage on this particular Zephyranthes species completely disappears in my garden during the hot summer months and blooms from early summer through fall. Unlike many Zephyranthes species, this bulb likes full shade and rather high moisture levels. It has extremely rose-pink blooms and flowers repeatedly; even more often than Zephyranthes grandiflora in my garden. An impressive Zephyranthes species in my opinion. Recommended for growing in zones 8-10.

Positive monstervine On May 19, 2005, monstervine from Jonesboro, AR wrote:

This is an exceptional species from Mexico. A pot of bulbs in full bloom with 70 flowers in an 10" azalea pot is a sight to remember! Prolific in flower and does not fade. Seedlings are easy. To date this species does NOT seem to serve well as a maternal parent the seedlings are exact copies of the mother bulb. As a pollen parent it is a good source of non-fading pink with out having to use Z. grandiflora which is very tender. This species will repeat bloom several time during the summer in areas with a long growing season.

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

Bulbs should be planted at a depth where the "neck" is just under the soil line. It is not particular about soil types. Prefers full sun.

Can be forced with water deprivation (in pots), then supplied with generous amounts of water.

Positive mbandaka On Mar 1, 2003, mbandaka wrote:

This species is next best thing to Z gradiflora if you want fertility. The flowers are somewhat smaller, but open wide, and repeat well during the Summer. It is self and cross fertile. Has given good quality seedlings as a tri-hybrid with a Candida x Citrina F1. No noticable fragrance.


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

Homestead, Florida
Miami, Florida
Houston, Texas

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