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The Rain Lily

Aka: "Flowers of the West Wind"
Bot. name: Zepheranthes
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Plant type: Bulbs
Plant size: 10-15cm tall
Depth & spacing: Plant 2.5 - 5cm deep & 8 - 10cm apart.
Watering: Ensure plenty of moisture whilst the bulbs are growing but in a spot that is ideally allowed to dry out whilst the bulbs are dormant.
Frost tolerances: Hardy to -10O.
Flowering time: Spring-Summer.
Preferred soil: Will thrive in rich or sandy soils.
Preferred aspect: Full sun in the southern parts of Australia but part shade in northern parts is quite appropriate.
Ideal climates: Subtropical to cool.
Pruning: None required.
Fertilising: Feed annually with a general purpose fertiliser as the green tips show above the ground.
Warnings: Watch for slugs & snails.
Uses & comments: These bulbs prefer to be left alone which is handy for the gardener! It's ideal to allow large clumps to develop & you will be rewarded with spectacular results.
These bulbs are wonderful in pots, nooks & crannies or as garden edging.
Species details:
Fragrant Rain Lily: Z. atamasco
* Fully deciduous bulb 20-25cm tall.
* Flowers are white with a pink blush & lightly fragrant. Flowers Oct - Nov
White Rain Lily: Z.candida.
* Evergreen & one of the hardiest species
* Shining white flowers. 20 x 20cm
Pink Rain Lily: Z.grandiflora
* Pretty pink
* 15 x 15cm

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:43 AM
Keywords: The Rain Lily, plant care, garden care, garden tip, plant guide, garden guide, perennial, flower bulb, spring bulb

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