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Rain Lily, Rainlily, Fairy Lily, Zephyr Lily, Copper Rain Lily '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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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Thomasville, North Carolina

Allen, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Midland, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Tyler, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.