|Rain lily bloom. (Photo by Lisa Roberts)|
Rain lily is a short-lived perennial wildflower. Its showy, solitary flowers are white (although sometimes tinged with pink), and have bright yellow stamens and 6 distinct lobes that unite at the base to form a funnel. They are borne on leafless stalks. Leaves are basal, and linear or grasslike in shape. They arise in clumps.
As the common name suggests, rain lilies typically bloom after a rain shower. Flowering can occur in late winter through early summer, but their tendency to bloom around Easter has earned them another common name — Easter lily.
|Rain lilies in bloom along SR267 in Leon County. |
(Photo by Eleanor Dietrich)
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
Native range: Panhandle, north and central peninsula
Hardiness: Zones 7-10
Soil: Rich, acidic to slightly alkaline soils
Exposure: Full sun to full shade
Growth habit: 6-18 inches tall with 1-2 foot spread
Garden tips: Although rain lilies prefer moist soils, they do not do well in soils that are constantly saturated. They can, however, withstand sustained drought. They are a very hardy species and are a great replacement for the many non-native lilies that are commonly sold in big box garden centers. They make for a nice mass planting, and also work well in lawns as they can be mowed. Rain lilies can be propagated by seed or division of bulbs.
Caution: All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten.
Rain lilies are often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.Visit plantrealflorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.
To see where rain lily occurs naturally, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3473.