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Pink Rain Lilies

At-A-Glance:

  • Hardy Zones: 7-10
  • Spacing: 6-9"
  • Height: 6-12"
  • Blooms: late summer to fall
  • Planting Depth: 2-3"
  • Full Sun Full Sun
  • Partial Shade Partial Shade
  • Good for cutting Good for cutting
  • Deer resistant Deer resistant

Pink Rain Lilies

Zephyranthes rosea

About:

Rain lilies are in the Amaryllis family and are native to Central America and Cuba. They are known for their propensity to burst into bloom after it rains. They are excellent for rock gardens, borders and containers.

Planting:

Plant bulbs 2-3” deep and 6-9” apart in a sunny area with rich, moist, well-draining soil after all danger of frost is gone. Rain lilies like average moisture, but will not survive in water logged soil. Soak well after planting. If planted in containers, use a good quality soil mix and containers with drainage holes. Plant bulbs a bit closer in containers, about 3-5” apart. Potted rain lilies bloom best when slightly pot bound.

Maintenance:

Feed in the spring after growth appears with a well-balanced fertilizer. Plants grown in containers should be fed every couple weeks. Leave foliage intact after blooming so the plant can re-energize for next year’s blooms. Container-grown plants should be divided every four years or so.

Over-wintering:

Pink rain lilies are hardy in zones 7-10 and may be left in the ground. In zones 6 and colder, the bulbs may be treated as annuals or dug up and stored inside for the following year. Dig after the first frost, air dry for several days, then store in a cool location in paper bags or boxes filled with barely moist peat moss or vermiculite. Containers may be stored in a cool location as well.

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