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Rain lily

Habranthus robustus

Pale pink flowers pop up suddenly after a summer rainstorm and resemble small amaryllis flowers on this native of Brazil. In the proper conditions, they can multiply rapidly and carpet the garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis robust perennial is suited for southern gardens or greenhouse use, with attractive flowers held above the foliage.

CareUnder glass, plant bulbs 3 to 4 inches deep, in soil-based potting mix with added grit and leaf mold, in full light. Water moderately as growth begins, and then freely in leaf. Reduce water as foliage dies back, and keep barely moist when dormant. Fertilize weekly when in bud. Outdoors, plant bulbs in spring with the necks above the soil surface. Grow in fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter moisture.

PropagationSow seed at 61°F as soon as it is ripe. Remove offsets in winter and pot up separately.

ProblemsInfrequent.

  • Genus : Habranthus
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Width : Under 6 inches
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