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Zephyranthes robusta, Pink Fairy Lily - Bulbs

Zephyranthes Robusta widely grown as an ornamental. It is one of the most prolific of the summer flowering rain lilies.
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Description for Zephyranthes robusta, Pink Fairy Lily

This name is a synonym of Habranthus robustus. This perennial spreads up to 6 inches. Deep green leaves are of about 5 to 10 mm wide and 30 to 40 cm long. Funnel-shaped flowers, 5 to 6 cm long.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Brazilian copper lily, pink fairy lily or the pink rain lily Lavender to pale pink Late summer to early fall Up to 12 inches Moderate to grow

Planting and care

Plough the bulbs 3 to 4 inches deep and 5 to 7 inches apart in the fall or winter or spring season, in a soil-based potting mix in full light. Bulbs can be transplanted after 2 years of growth. They can be propagated by dividing the bulbs and from the seed. Remove offsets in winter and pot up separately.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun or partial shade Fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil Medium 12 to 30 degrees C Use any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Zephyranthes robusta

  • Reduce water as the foliage dies back, and keep barely moist when dormant.
  • Fertilize weekly when in the bud condition.
  • Mulch it well during the winter.
  • Protect from excessive moisture in the winter.
  • Give the plants a light fertilizer during growth.
  • After blooming has finished, keep the leaves as it is for storage of food in the bulb.

Harvesting

Summer to fall (flowers and bulbs)

Typical uses of Zephyranthes robusta

Special features: Flowers

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: Habranthus robustus is widely grown as an ornamental.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-292015
  • http://www.finegardening.com/rain-lily-habranthus-robustus
  • http://www.tropicalbritain.co.uk/habranthus-robustus.html
  • https://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/pages/rain-lilies-planting-guide

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