Zephyranthes is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants, mostly perennials, in the Amaryllidaceae family. They are native to the southeastern United States, Central America and South America.
The species have grass-like foliage and erect flower stalks which support a star-shaped or funnel-shaped flower. These beautiful flowers range from yellow through pink to white and can fit in any garden. Some species have sweet fragrant flowers.
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “Zephyrus” (Greek god of the West Wind) and “anthos” (“flower”).
Zephyranthes symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings and big expectations.
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.
Benefits and Uses
Zephyranthes has been used to treat various diseases such as diabetes, tumor, cancer, headache, cough, cold, ear and chest ailments and against 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.
Annuals, Bulbs, Perennials
The flowers may be yellow, pink and white.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
The plant can grow up to 30 cm (1 ft) in height.
Zephyranthes prefers well drained soil with a good application of organic material.