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.
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “Zephyrus”, the Greek god of the WestWind, 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 symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings and big expectations.
It can 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.
Benefits and Uses
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.
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.