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Rain Lily, Rainlily, Fairy Lily, Zephyr Lily
Zephyranthes primulina

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: primulina (prim-yoo-LEE-na) (Info)





under 6 in. (15 cm)

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:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Stockville, Nebraska

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:


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

This species was first identified by Howard and Ogden in 1990 and is native to northeastern Mexico. This species blooms about two months earlier than Zephyranthes reginae in my garden and long before Zephyranthes citrina. The robust flowers are light yellow, do not fade in color on subsequent days, the leaves are wider, glossy, and tinted purple at their base. Simply stunning in bud form! It prefers full/partial sun, medium moisture levels, and is a vigorous grower and seed producer. Recommended for growing in zones 8-10. Like all of Howard's introductions--they make superb garden plants!


On Feb 27, 2003, mbandaka wrote:

The plants of this species that I purchased as nursery grown stock are INDEED distinct and wonderful as compared to Z citrina. They are the earliest yellow (lemon) zeph I grow and so far have the record for repeat bloom of all the species I grow. The color does NOT fade significantly which is delightful. It is very self fertile and apparently cross fertile as well. Excellent.