Monday, March 11, 2013

Zephyranthes - Rain Lilies

Rain Lilies or Zephyranthes are plants when once planted will live forever in your garden.  Over time, every single bulb will establish a sizable clump to reward us with its mass blooming effect. I have two varieties; the pink called Z. rosea while the white is tagged Z. candidia.

Here a Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) is totally engrossed with a Zephyranthes candida.

The six-petaled white flowers sprout like mushrooms after our heavy tropical showers, thus they are sometimes refered to as Thunder lilies.

 A row of blooms standing erect alongside a boulder.

Being fast multiplying bulbs, the original borderline clumps has spread inwards, forming a thicker border.

Here they border some ...

... Ixora coccinea 'sunkist' shrubs.

The flower appear dramatic with golden stamens arising from the flower's green throat. Ants are gatherers here too.
A Gram Blue (Euchrysops cnejus) seeked a brief respite from the harsh mid-day sun.

Zephyranthes rosea appear to bloom less frequently than its white cousins. Both however, have pristine white pistils.


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