Rain lilies (Habranthus, Zephyranthes etc)

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ezeiza

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Re: Zephyranthes
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2011, 07:44:07 PM »
Z. grandiflora is dormant in winter, with  no leaves. These bulbs must have been dying of thirst during the summer and resurrected with the first autumn weather. Of course this is not encouraging for a plant to be forced to grow in the opposite cycle. If seeds are available they are very precious as one could obtain clean stock from them.
Yes, Brian and others mentioned seeing them in China. Someone even published those plants as a new species, no doubt without ever wondering how a genus only present in the Americas would appear out of the bolt in Asia.

Z. candida is evergreen but its dormancy is in summer. It is a marsh plant and can be grown in a pot with a container with water (a dish? a tray?) below. Offsets freely.

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Fleur Pavlidis

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« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2012, 10:35:26 AM »
One of our local nurseries recently put on sale pots of flowering Zephyranthes and Sally bought some for Sparoza. She'd like to know if this is a particular spring-flowering species or if itis just another quirk of the weather this year making them flower out of season. Vina Michaelides took the photo.
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« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2012, 06:28:47 AM »
Fleur, it must be the season. The Zephyranthus that I photographed and posted, on page one of this thread last August, are flowering now too.
I saw them last week, when I went to drag my husband out of the kafenion ;D
It will be interesting to see, how long they flower for.
Daisy :)
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Fleur Pavlidis

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« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2012, 05:45:11 AM »
Thanks, Daisy. Just another eample then of what a good spring.early summer this has been for flowers, including those which should be resting. Cheering us up in this time of woe etc etc.
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Fermi

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Rain-lilies 2013
« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2013, 09:06:54 AM »
I find that the plants known as rain-lilies, storm-lilies or (appallingly mis-named) autumn crocus do very well in our "mediterranean" garden.
Recent rainfall has brought on a few such as Habranthus martinezii
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Fermi

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« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2013, 09:09:23 AM »
The hybrid Zephyranthes 'Grandjax' is hardier for me than its parent Z. grandiflora (the other parent Z. 'Ajax' is fine here as well)
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Fermi

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« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2013, 09:11:11 AM »
There are more on the way,
including a second "flush" of H. martinezii
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Trevor Australis

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« Reply #37 on: March 01, 2013, 01:30:00 AM »
 :) Fermi, we got one (rain liliy) from David Glenn yrs ago. It has large rosy pink flowers and it has a 'name'. I don't suppose you might remember what it is? tn
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Fermi

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« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2013, 07:27:56 AM »
Hi Trevor,
a form of Habranthus robustus called "Russell Manning" has been "doing the 'rounds" for awhile and may've been in David's catalogue at some stage. It can have a flower as large as a Amaryllis belladonna but usually only one per scape which maybe as tall as 25cm
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« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2013, 09:35:22 AM »
Or may be Zephyranthes 'La Bufa Rosa Group'?
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Fermi

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« Reply #40 on: March 04, 2013, 08:49:28 AM »
This is what we have as Habranthus robustus 'Russell Manning'
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« Reply #41 on: March 04, 2013, 08:55:44 AM »
Heavy rain last week meant plenty to see on the weekend!
1. Habranthus tubispathus
2. Zephyranthes 'Grandjax'
3. Habranthus martinezii x H. r. Russell Manning
4. Z. primulina
5. a mystery - the only (broken) label near it said "Habranth. brachy." - I think it be a Cooperia or maybe Z. drummondii.

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fermi
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Fermi

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« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2013, 08:31:42 AM »
Some more from Central Victoria;
A seedling from the hybrid Zephyranthes "Bangkok Yellow" x2 views;
A "stray" unlabelled one which Alberto suggests maybe a Cooperia,
Zephyranthes 'Ajax'

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Alisdair

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Re: Rain-lilies 2013
« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2013, 11:15:20 AM »
Fermi, What a great collection of these rain lilies you have! Thanks for showing us.
The currently accepted name for what you show as perhaps Cooperia smallii is Zephyranthes smallii - there's an earlier posting about it in this thread which you can see by clicking here.
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Alisdair Aird
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Fermi

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« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2013, 07:19:46 AM »
Alisdair,
I have to admit that these ones are the sort that enjoy our climate so I don't have to do much for them at all!
The ones from summer rainfall areas are harder to manage.
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!