September 3, 2011

Welcome, White Rain Lilies, Welcome.

Tis the season for Rain Lilies, Zephyranthes candida, one of those bulbs I cannot live without for its carefree surprise blooms in late summer, after heavy downpours or drenching hurricane rains. Actually, they are triggered more by temperature and day length, as well as late summer rains, like many bulbs that bloom in the autumn. Native to Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile it is also known as the Peruvian Swamp Lily, Zephyr flower or August lily.  With many other species and hybrids to choose from this is the easiest and more floriferous, I believe. Try some in a container that you can bring into a frost free garage or cellar for the winter if you are in Zone 6 or lower ( I toss my pots under the greenhouse bench where they spend the winter).  I do like the romance  and idea of a lily that blooms after a rainstorm. If ever I needed white peaceful flowers, it is right now. Welcome, Rain Lilies. Welcome.

1 comment :

  1. Beautiful! I love your blog and all your plants!


It's always a good thing to leave a comment!