Rain Lilies

Rain lilies

Rain lily (Zephyranthes candida) is an all white beauty with glossy green grassy foliage.

Today in the late summer garden, the rain lilies are putting on a show. Zephyranthes candida is an all white beauty with glossy green grassy foliage. At only twelve inches, she looks great at the front of the border. When you buy these little gems, resist the urge to scatter them about the garden. Instead, plant them in significant clumps of 20-30 bulbs, and next summer you will have a real show. They are commonly called rain lilies because they frequently will bloom after a good, soaking rain.  Every few years you can divide the clump and increase the little drifts. I divide mine in the spring as new foliage emerges.
Rain lilies come in many colors from white through bubble-gum pink, with yellows, oranges, and ivory colors being the hardest to find in the marketplace. Atamasco lilies are Alabama’s rain lily, also called Easter lilies, because you can find them blooming around Easter in swampy spots throughout the state.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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