Rain lilies, also known as zephyranthes, are real treasures of the garden, because they multiply but are not invasive, require little to no care, and furthermore, are very smart. Oh, rain lilies will often bloom after a good sprinkler watering, but when it rains, they are ready and out they pop in the summer garden, another wonderful effect of rain. Garden zephyranthes are either species that also appear in the wild but can be found commercially or hybrids of those same species.
There are several varieties of zephyranthes, and also a related group called habranthus. Don’t be impressed by my flinging around the word ‘habranthus.’ One time we were at a wonderful place called The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas, and they had some rain lilies for sale as well as something called ‘habranthus’ that looked very much the same, foliage-wise, so of course I had to try them. And I’m so glad I did.
Now we have those wonderful plants, habranthus Russell Manning, and zephranthes Labuffarosa, as well as zephranthes Prairie Sunset (peachy-apricot colored), zephyranthes rosea grandiflora (big and pink), some small yellow species, some small white species, and some gold ones with copper color on the outside of the petals; the latter ones I begged a few of from a neighbor of our daughter’s.
Now these yellow and copper ones, and also the peachy-apricot ones, are popping up in other areas of the garden, and they are so welcome everywhere. We will transplant the ones which appear in the lawn to a safer haven and I plan to collect some seeds and drop them in other areas so we can see them from the dining room. When we find something we love, and which is reliable as well, such as zephyranthes and periwinkles, I just seem to want them everywhere. And what, I ask, is wrong with that?