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Zephyr Flower, Fairy Lily
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Clumps of foot-long, bright green, grassy leaves give rise to slender, hollow stems, each bearing a single funnel-shaped blossom with six segments. In their native Central and South America, they often bloom after rains (hence another common name, rain lily). The species described here bloom in late summer and early fall. Pretty in rock gardens or foreground in borders. Excellent container plant for patios or greenhouses.

Plant bulbs in well-drained soil at any time (though fall planting is ideal), setting them 1–2 in. deep and 3 in. apart. In mild-winter areas with a long growing season, plants may bloom several times a year if you provide a short dry period after bloom, then resume watering to initiate another growth cycle. In other regions, give little or no water after foliage dies back. Can remain undisturbed for many years.

Zephyranthes candida
Zephyranthes candida

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Zephyranthes candida

White, 2-in. flowers are sometimes stained pink in the throat. Clumps of foot-long, grassy leaves. Evergreen in warmer parts of the range. Usually sold as potted plants; can be planted out at any time.

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