I’ve known Zephyranthes spp. / Rain Lily for 20+ years, when they were getting sold in more quantity to nurseries where I lived, but they never caught on – only a few designers used them.
Photos from 7/3/2014 –
2009 was when I first specified Zephyranthes into a project. It was in 3 masses totalling over 90 peach, yellow and white, into the office breezeway where I rented a space.
Though they take the ever-tough dry, hot shade, my now-patio is the first time planting them for myself.
My office planting thrived, lush like monkey and mondo grasses all winter – but on less water. Some of their staff gleefully asked, “what kind of grass is this with such big flowers?” Kudos, since those architects are into all things bamboo, Japanese maples, westernized Buddhism, and eastern green…in the desert.
And quite a compliment on Zephyranthes – those only got weekly or biweekly hand-watering from a roof cistern when new.
Have you used rain lilies? And what do you like, that need little to no irrigation for dry part/full shade?