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Zephyranthes 'Prairie Sunset'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Cultivar: Prairie Sunset

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Sep 25, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as color did not meet my expectations. I thought I would have peachy blooms but they are very unmistakably PINK. No biggie, I will transplant them to an area where the pink will fit nicely. However, if you are working on a definite color scheme and need peach, this is not it. As far as easy care plant, this plant is great, blooming after a nice rain. Crazy multiplier. I planted 5 bulbs in a hole and after 2 years I had about 20 good sized bulbs and 20+ bulbils.

Positive fireflyintexas On Jul 19, 2013, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I bought a few growing bulbs in a small pot a few years ago of Prairie Sunset rain lily and I have not been disappointed. They are delightful! I have a nice clump of them now, in afternoon sun, and with the recent rains here in South Texas, they have been putting on a beauteous show. I am sowing their prolific seeds all around my garden, just as I do with my pink grandiflora rain lilies and all are very is their caretaker. Lovely, lovely flower that is one of those plants that you can plant and forget about. Then, when you have done just that, UP they pop, to remind you why you garden! A wonderful plant.

Positive moroccanblossom On Apr 29, 2012, moroccanblossom from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

I've had bloooms in the past. Now have huge area of foliage and no blossoms

Positive DATURA12 On Oct 19, 2010, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant can easily be propagated. I take the seeds just as soon as the seed head is ready to drop seeds. I then plant the seeds shallow in a pot, keep watered. In very hot 100 degree weather I put a plastic dome over the top to ensure the soil doesn't dry out. Within two weeks they will germinate. They look like grass blades when germinated.

Positive BrindaS On Jun 7, 2009, BrindaS from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

On 4/24/09, I ordered three 4 in pots of Prairie Sunset for $11 each pot from Southern Bulb Co. The info online said 3 bulbs per pot, but they were bursting open with 15 - 18 bulbs per pot! I had my first bloom today - beautiful! I am in zone 8a.

Neutral BajaBlue On May 26, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Prairie Sunset is most likely a hybrid between Z. 'Capricorn' and Z. Candida. This variety of rain lily is hard to find and usually much more expensive!

This is an Amaryllis relative native to the Americas. Great outdoors in the south, excellent for indoor pots and plants.

Tolerates any soil type. EASY to grow. Blooms several times each summer, after heavy rains (hence their common name "rain Lily"). Hardy in zones 7-11, elsewhere dig and store for the winter.

Positive angele On Mar 16, 2008, angele wrote:

Bought a small specimen of this plant 8/4/2007. Planted it near a water dish for the critters. There wasn't a sign of it all winter and today 3/16/08 I noticed a small clump of it all bright & green. I am going to move it as it doesn't stand a chance with the critters especially bunnies.
* In March moved to a flower pot as noted above, placed under a tree where it receives morning and late day sun and light shade during the hottest part of the day. Blooms opened 7/14/08. Lovely flower. Hope to plant it in the ground near a small water feature but have to figure out how to protect it from the rabbits.

Positive mbandaka On Mar 1, 2003, mbandaka wrote:

Prairie Sunset is a prolific bloomer, makes a colorful community pot. Color will fade to whipped cream in intense sun.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Niceville, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Williston, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Trout, Louisiana
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Allen, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Midland, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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