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Habranthus robustus (Rain lily, Zephyr lily, Fairy lily)

Habranthus robustus Photo/Illustration: Brent Heath


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Habranthus robustus Common Name: Rain lily, Zephyr lily, Fairy lily Synonyms: Zephyranthes robusta Genus: Habranthus
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 characteristics: This robust perennial is suited for southern gardens or greenhouse use, with attractive flowers held above the foliage.
Care: Under 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.
Propagation: Sow seed at 61°F as soon as it is ripe. Remove offsets in winter and pot up separately.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread Less than 6 in.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Indoor Plant
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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