Zephyranthes candida, or Fairy Lily, is a clump-forming bulbous perennial plant from the La Plata region of South America. The rush-like leaves will reach 12 inches (30 cm) in containers or as landscape plants. They are cold hardy as far north as USDA zone 5 and make a great border plant in zone 7.
Blooming Time: From mid-September through early October. The 2.5 inch (6.5 cm) white crocus-like flowers are very showy.
Culture: Zephyranthes candida does best in partial shade to full sun with a moist well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 parts sand or perlite. They are kept moist for optimum growth and fertilized on a monthly basis during the growing season. In late October, we start letting the pots dry out and as soon as the foliage dies back, the pots are stored in cold storage for the winter. Whether grown in containers or in the landscape they make a showy fall floral display.
Propagation: Zephyranthes candida is propagated by division of clumps of bulbs or by seed. Fresh seed sown soon after ripening germinate in 3-4 weeks.
Zephyranthes candida was featured as Plant of the Week September 19-25, 2003. 2003.
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