Zephyranthes atamasca

Zephyr lily, rainlily, atamasco lily


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1 ft    Width: 0.1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: winter dormant,spring ephemeral
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Small wildflower. Typically seen in spring or after rain. Grows in small tufts. Plant in low border or intermixed with a groundcover. Inconspicuous when not in bloom. Individual plants are short-lived perennials, but clumps persist for many years.
Propagation: Seed or separation of bulbs.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: acid to slightly alkaline


wildlife plant  
Attracts pollinators.
Native Habitats: River floodplains. Low roadsides. Low pastures. Usually seen in late winter/spring after rains. Can show up at other times with the right pattern of dry/rain.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

There are two subspecies in Florida with somewhat different but overlapping distributions. Culture and uses in the landscape are similar. It is best to use local sources.