Zephyranthes (Rain Lily; Fairy Lily)

Zephyranthes is a genus of about 90 species of flowering plants, mostly perennials, belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family. They are native to southeastern United States, Central America and South America.
These plants have grass-like foliage and erect flower stalks that support a single flower consisting of six or eight petals. The flowers are funnel-shaped and more often appears in spring and summer. These beautiful flowers range from yellow through pink to white and can fit in any garden. Some species have sweet fragrance which spread happiness and joy.

Name meaning

The genus name is derived from the Greek words “Zephyrus”, the Greek god of the West Wind, and “anthos”, meaning “flower”.

The plant is commonly known as “Rain Lily” because of its tendency to bloom after a rainfall.

It is also known as “Fairy Lily” because it usually appears out of nowhere.

Zephyranthes symbolism

Rain Lily symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings and big expectations.
These flowers often like to bloom after a rainfall and have the ability to appear out of nowhere, reminding us that joy is unpredictable and can often be just around the corner. Hence, they also symbolize happiness and joy.

Interesting facts about Zephyranthes

Do They Sleep at Night?

These plants close up at night and open again in the morning. It’s a behavior called nyctinasty.

Learn more about nyctinasty in our article on Why Do Flowers Close Up at Night.

Benefits and Uses of Zephyranthes

Zephyranthes has been used to treat various diseases such as diabetes, tumor, cancer, headache, cough, cold, ear and chest ailments and viral infections.
The usage of this plant to treat simple health issues, but also serious diseases, shows its importance in treatment of various health conditions.

They have been naturalised and cultivated as ornamental plants in many parts of the world.

Zephyranthes Plant Data