Pink rain lily-Zephyranthes grandiflora

This gorgeous pink flower is the Rain lily or Pink magic lily (Zephyranthes grandiflora) a genus of bulbous species in the amaryllis family.
A few days ago I saw these beautiful pink flowers on the sidewalk, in front of a pharmacy, among roses.
There were only two of them, one open and another, just a bud. They have no foliage yet, just this gorgeous pink flower head at the top of the stem.
I've never seen these beautiful pink storm lilies before. Truth is, I pay much more attention to things that I overlooked earlier, before I started taking photos.
These beautiful pink flowers look like a crocuses but why in June? So I started researching; here is what I've found out:

Rain lilies (Zephyranthes grandiflora) bloom numerous times throughout the summer and autumn, always after a rain that follows a dry period.
This must be the explanation, we've had a lot of rain lately.

Pink Rain lily macro
More interesting is that Rain Lilies are so named because they bloom only with rain, they won't be fooled by ordinary tap water. Although regular watering is beneficial to foliage growth.
Pink Rain lily-Zephyranthes grandiflora
What I like best is that Rain lilies can be grown in pots on the porch or deck in summer where they flower gloriously after each rain. Crowding several bulbs in a pot they will reward you, several times a year, with a spectacular show. Their green, grass-like foliage forms a nice wide clump and each clump can have up to 20 flowers open at once for an absolutely stunning display.
In winter the bulbs need to rest, so no watering during winter time.
Rain lily
Oh boy, I had a hard time to identify this beautiful flower and to separate the correct information form the erroneous one like this:
"The Zephyranthes are a genus of bulbous species in the amaryllis family that are indigenous and limited to the Western Hemisphere, being an entire American species of Amaryllidaceae."
Well, nobody is perfect but some are really ignorant.
Guess what? God shared these spectacular, pink fairy lilies with the eastern hemisphere too.

What an amazing, divine gift!

Rain lily-Pink magic lily
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cat said...

Very beautiful shots!

Unknown said...

Beautiful lilies. Great photographs.

Joanne Olivieri said...

Your shots are wonderful. So delicate and lovely.

bobbie said...

They are so lovely! I never heard of a rain lily before. Thanks for the introduction.

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

Hi Maia

I've only ever seen them on blogs or books - I thought they were quite an exotic plant. I don't think they would last a scottish wet cold winter.

Your pictures of them are beautiful.

Larry said...

Very nice! I have a pot of rain lilies... blooms every year... until this year that is! I suppose I'll try repotting... take care, Larry

Roan said...

Love it! Thanks for all the information. I've never heard of this flower, but sounds like it would be a nice one for my deck.

Judy said...

I know what you mean about needing to find the name of a flower! I love that you can see the pollen on the petals!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Aren't they beautiful lilies? How interesting that they come up without leaves, just bloom suppeon a naked stem. :)

Jay said...

They are very lovely - I've never heard of them before! You did a great job on the photography, too - nice detail in those petals.

Maybe what the write-up meant was that they are only indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, and they've been introduced to the east?

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