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Zephyranthes 'Sunset Strain'

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

2 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Florida9 On May 17, 2009, Florida9 from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant spreads by seeds rapidly in our west central FL sandy soil. From one plant three years ago, I have 50+ growing in my front flower bed in part sun. I have thrown seeds under an oak tree where nothing grows - and they are popping up by the dozen this year. The blooms are always a welcome surprise - 20 out now 5/15 with dozens more in bud. They do spread quickly and can be a maintenance problem in the wrong location.

Positive mbandaka On Mar 5, 2003, mbandaka wrote:

This came plant came from nursery stock. Has interesting color, dark in bud, even reddish, but opens paler and fades. It sets seeds prolifically, and is easy to get into bloom. Sometime will bloom the next year after sowing. One detail to note, even after emasculation and out crossing with various other species, the seedling tend to look just the mother strain. Prolific reliable bloomer.


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

Palm Harbor, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Liberty, North Carolina
Dickinson, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Spring, Texas

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