Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spreading Zephyr Lily

zephyr lily

It started with a pot, Kakdah brought to Putrajaya from her hometown 3 years ago. She had been dividing them and put them all over the garden. They let out lovely pink flowers few days after a good round of shower. Now some are placed in little concrete container which are open at both ends. Containers act as edging to the garden bed which will soon be worked out and at the same time housed 4 bunch of zephyr lilies.

After 3 years, zephyr lilies spread all over, mostly through kakdah's intervention.
I do notice some grow at very awkward place,
definitely not within kakdah's design or plan.
I suspect one or two bulbs drop off
while she hurried up and down
putting the divided lilies into locations of her choice.
Lilies just grow where ever we place them,
by design or accident,
and never get sick or attacked by pests.

a little info
Zephyranthes is a genus of 71 species in the Amaryllis family. There are numerous hybrids and cultivars. Common names for species in this genus include fairy lily, rainflower, zephyr lily, magic lily, Atamasco lily, and rain lily.
The name Zephyranthes comes from Zephyrus (the west wind) and anthos (flower), and is a reference to the slender stalks. (click here: Zephyranthes)

When sunflowers worship the mighty Sun, Zephyr Lily is the opposite, rejoicing over rains with beautiful little pink blooms.

bangchik and kakdah


  1. They would be so lovely to have growing in my garden - are they called rain lillies? as that is the flower I am thinking of as I type this. Its great that they never get attacked by anything.

  2. Thank you for introducing us to such a lovely plant. Your concrete containers are so very pleasing.

  3. I love the idea of using the concrete edging to define the bed and also to plant the lilies.

  4. I am happy to see a post on zephyr lilies. I have got all 3 common colors pink, yellow and white. Yours seem to set seeds around free and bulbs will also multiple. Watch out for more rain lilies in some unexpected areas of your gardens.

  5. Ohhhhh! I LOVE lilies of any kind! The Zephyr is beautiful. Your concrete planters are very creative and useful!

  6. How nice to have lilies you can grow that are not attacked by pests. Here, the arrival of something called the red lily leaf beetle forced me to take out all my poor, under attack lilies and replace them with other plants. -Jean

  7. How lovely ... a lily that blooms when it rains!

  8. Hi Bangchik, these rainlilies are really lovely, it's just that they are difficult to take out when you already want to get rid of them, as in your experience. I got them off because their flowers are very few even if the leaves are plenty. Maybe because i just neglected them.

  9. ~Rosie@leavesnbloom
    I suppose the lilies go by that name too, rain lilies. Rain is fun to them, blooming beautiful pink flowers.

    ~Rebecca @ In The Garden
    Those concrete containers are actually earth wire junction box. The municipality decided to change to a different model, so the old ones were taken out. I just asked the contractor for some, otherwise the whole lot will taken to the dump site.

    That is an edging with plants on. The only edging of that sort in my garden.

    ~Muhammad khabbab
    you are right, the bulbs multiply. We grow two types, white and pink flower. I like the look of lilies with pink flowers because the plant is quite bushy with shiny and beautiful leaves. The white flowered lilies has spiky leaves, which isn't really pleasant.


  10. ~Kimberly
    Yes, they are beautiful these lilies. They fit well anywhere in the garden and always stay within control.

    Once, I say a bunch in a pot went yellow. I thought it was some kind of disease. Upon checking, the pot got really congested, and those bulbs got choked. These lilies are really ok.

    They really love rains and express their undivided love by flowering beautifully.

    They don't really bloom in the league of lantana. But we are pretty sure, pink flowers will appear somewhere a day or two after rains.



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