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Zephyranthes katheriniae

Zephyranthes katheriniae
First flower, none too impressive yet

Common name rain lily
Family amaryllidaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers red or yellow
Size 8"
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Small species from Mexico whose natural forms include yellow- and pink-red-flowered versions. The small flowers have rounded petals, and the leaves stay narrow in a grassy clump. Most forms in cultivation appear to have soft pink to magenta flowers fading to yellow in the centers. I haven't been able to find any direct references to ultimate plant size, but most online photos show plants no taller than 6-8 inches.
Our plants were still quite small a year after being started from seed, but did put out some tentative blooms in late May (which confirmed that we grow the red variety, sometimes referred to as 'rubra'). Another year of growth should bulk them up enough to move them out of the nursery area.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence nursery area

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Baggy 70F (33%G, 10-13d). The ungerminated seed particles were flimsy, probably duds

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