Rain Lily; Zephyranthes grandiflora
If there is a positive aspect in our many rainless weeks of spring it could be that the rain lilies prove they are deserving of their name. When once we have a nice showering from heaven like we did last week...
their habit is to send up lots of budded scapes after a dry spell. Like clockwork, in another day or two the pale pink flowers push out into blooms of cheery lilies. Rain lilies are of a small stature with approximately 12-14" scapes reaching above the evergreen grass-like foliage and the flower is only about 3" in diameter at full spread.
They won't be the central attraction but they definitely add a nice variation and the sweet blushing color is an attention getter for any "lover of pink".
Starting from bulbs or rhizomes these easily grown lovers of Zone 8-11 are perfect for a sunny spot or partial shade in the garden. They especially appreciate crowded conditions like the rest of the family of Amaryllidaceae.
Mine were started from a neighbor passalong who grows a sea of them in her front gardens. Slowly each year (dividing in spring) I've found more places to poke a spot of them in between other plantings for the sheer enjoyment they offer every time they come around.
Great performance with continual rounds of blooms throughout the summer months can be counted on which makes them an automatic must-have in Florida.