Zephyranthes Species, Pink Fairy Lily, Rain Lily, Rainlily, Zephyr Lily

Zephyranthes minuta

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zephyranthes (ze-fi-RANTH-eez) (Info)
Species: minuta (min-YOO-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Zephyranthes grandiflora
Synonym:Zephyranthes nervosa
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona

Cochise, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Booneville, Arkansas

Colton, California

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Santa Ana, California

Santa Barbara, California

West Covina, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Cornelia, Georgia

Kihei, Hawaii

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Independence, Louisiana

Lake Arthur, Louisiana

Slaughter, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Zwolle, Louisiana

Bel Air, Maryland

Florence, Mississippi

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Parkton, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Woodlawn, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Blanco, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Houston, Texas(4 reports)

Huntsville, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Augustine, Texas

Trinity, Texas

Utopia, Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

Jonesville, Virginia

Wheeling, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 23, 2021, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A friend gave me a pot of these when she was leaving NH. I kept it in a sunny window and they never blossomed. Now, almost 30 years later, I have had much better luck!
It's a whole new set of bulbs. Water it as I may all through the growing season, it just sets there and vegetates. BUT... as soon as it feels the rain: Voila! Buds and flowers almost overnight!
I just wanted gardeners who are ready to give up because they aren't getting any blossoms to evaluate *how* their treasure is being watered.
(I've added a photo to the database today.)


On Jul 21, 2020, Foxy20 from Tampa,
United States wrote:

Found some of these in the corner of my yard...probably from previous owner. Decided to put them where i could see them to figure out what it was... kinda needed some short grassy type front of border plant. I didnt even know they bloomed. It was like Christmas morning getting a present when they did, gorgeous! I had transplanted about 4-6 bulbs originally. About 2 1/2 years later I needed to dig everything up to remove a tree... i knew they got bigger and/or spread but didnt realize there were now probably 150-200 bulbs under there. I retransplanted them to the front of two other borders in a strait line.... took about a week for them to bounce back. They continuously bloom as long as they are getting watered, even tap water but they really love a good rain soak! I get compliments all... read more


On Jul 3, 2019, hotbuthumid from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought a batch of 150 on ebay knowing not all would be blooming size. I planted them on 6/15 after soaking them overnight up to their necks in rooting hormone solution. I planted them all over and the leaves come up very fast and some are already blooming starting 7/1. They are in a west facing bed and shaded somewhat by the other occupants and by bamboo behind them. The even shadier ones (south facing but blocked by wall 10 ft away) have not bloomed yet but ones planted in that location last year have. I was just getting a jump on next year but wow!


On Jul 14, 2010, mdnovcie from Bel Air, MD wrote:

This plant will grow in pots and planters and can be used perenially in Maryland. In late october or early november, cover the planter or pot in a plastic garbage bag and place it in an attached garage or area that avoids deep freeze. In early or late May, remove from bag, trim winter growth, leave as is in planter, or separate bulbs or transplant bulbs and you will have many more plants to work with. It propagates exremely well and you can enjoy their beauty in colder areas.
If you do not bring the lilies in, they will die.

The lilies bloom whenever it rains from June till October.



On Mar 24, 2010, khabbab from lahore,
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

This one has the largest bloom of all the 3 colors available here. Sadly the bloom does not last more than 36 hour. It self seeds as well and has very large bulb. Blooms mainly after monsoon rains in lahore, pakistan. keeps foliage in winter.


On Jul 2, 2007, calamitynan from Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

I'm pretty darned easy to please. If a plant grows and blooms, I'm happy! I'm thrilled by the several blooming periods throughout the summer. This lovely pink flower growns alongside the back of my house. The bed was here when I bought the house and I just found out what they were. There's approximately 5-6 ft. of them.

I first thought they were cute, but was disappointed when the flowers didn't last long. THEN ... they all bloomed again. More prolific than the first blooming. Then again, and again, and again.

They are a delightful surprise!


On Feb 11, 2007, Vaelor from Melbourne, VIC,
Australia (Zone 9b) wrote:

I found a few bulbs of this Pink Rain Lily growing wild in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. I brought three of them home to Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and potted them. For three years running, it would reach its little green arms skyward, stay looking much like 2-4 blades of grass for a couple of months, then die back again.

This year, summer of 2007, it finally flowered for the first time since I transplanted the bulbs. I can only assume that the especially hot, humid summer we're having here (over 40C/105F on some of the worst days!) has made the bulbs homesick for the sticky tropical heat of northern Australia, and was enough to coax the bloom out. It only came out for a few days, but I just hope this isn't the last I see of it!


On May 31, 2004, duliticola from Longfield, Kent,
United Kingdom (Zone 8b) wrote:

I collected seed of this bulb from plants growing in the Seychelles, although the resultant plants seem to be hardy down to at least 1 centigrade.
The plants seem to thrive in pots and if the temperature is kept above about 4 degrees centigrade are evergreen. Flowering seems to be triggered by letting the pots dry out for a week or so and then resuming watering. Tap water seems fine for me.
The blooms are 3.5 to 4.25 inches across and the same plant sometimes produces flowers with 6 and 8 petals at the same time. The only thing which stops me giving the plant a 'Positive' rating is that the flowers only last about 4-5 days, (less if it is very sunny). Flowering occurs with me from Spring through Autumn.


On Feb 27, 2003, mbandaka wrote:

This species has been long in the trade. It is delightful as a pot plant. The typical nursery stock is apparently self-sterile. However, with perseverance, and lot of pollen from mixed sources, I have annually (though only a few crosses succeed) gotten a few seed pods. These give rise to seedlings that are typical of parent in color, and at least a few of them appear to be fertile. Will be interesting to see if it is possible to advance the generations.


On Aug 22, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Rain Lilies are so named because they bloom only with rain (they won't be fooled by ordinary tap water, although regular watering is beneficial to foliage growth.) A native of South America, it is found naturalized in the lower South, although it is sterile and doesn't set seed.

Z. grandiflora is sometimes sold as Z. rosea, although the two are very different in growing habits - Z. grandiflora is more cold hardy, with blooms three times as large Z. rosea blooms sometimes have eight petals, while Z. grandiflora has six petals.

Z. grandiflora will benefit from humusy soil, regular water and fertilizer, rewarding you with a display of lavish pink blooms when fall rains start. Bulbs should be lifted and stored after first frost.

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