Gardening Questions And Answers
Zephyranthes (Zephyranthes spp.) also known as Rain Lily, Rain Flower, Zephyr Lily, Storm Lily, Wind Flower is a bulbous perennial that originated from North and South America. A member of the Amaryllidaceae family, the Zephyranthes has many different species that all share similar traits such as flowers and foliage.
Autumn crocus (Zephyranthes) bulbs are highly toxic to cats and dogs. Other common garden plants that are toxic if consumed are arum and calla lilies (Zantedeschia), rhododendrons and azaleas, foxgloves, daphne, rhubarb leaves, delphiniums, jasmine, amaranth, laburnum, oleander, and the weed lantana.
Zephyranthes Plant Care Try to divide and move the bulbs only when the garden bed or pot becomes overcrowded. During the Autumn the plants die back to become dormant. Top dress with all purpose fertiliser, compost or well decayed manure during early Summer to improve growth. Water well after fertilising.
Zephyranthes have erect flower stalks which support a flower that may be upward facing or slightly nodding. The funnel-shaped, flowers with six petals can be crocus shaped, but may also open flat such as in Z. jonesii or even reflex slightly. The flowers of some species have a sweet, pleasant fragrance.
Zephyranthes robusta) grace the dappled shade garden bed or container, producing adorable blooms following rain showers. Growing rain lilies is not difficult when the right conditions are available to the plant. Rain lily bulbs produce diminutive blossoms in abundance once they’re settled in the right spot.
For best bloom, water regularly and deeply throughout the growing season, especially from midsummer through fall. No fertilizer is required, though when they’re planted in heavy clay you should spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of finished compost or aged manure around the plants before they emerge in the spring.