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Zephyranthes rosea


Zephyranthes rosea

Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Common Name: Rain Lily, Rosy Rain Lily, Rosy Zephyr Lily, 风雨花, 小韭兰

With the approach of the monsoon season in Singapore, look out for vibrant pops of colour from the the Rain Lily (Zephyranthes rosea). The funnel-shaped flowers grow singly, high above its tuft-like foliage. Cultivars come in a myriad of flower colours like bright pink, yellow and orange. Although the flowers last no more than a few days, the Rain Lily is free flowering throughout the year.


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names
Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Plant Shape Grassy


Native Distribution Colombia to Peru
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Spontaneous (Casual))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a grass-like plant with underground bulbs. It grows about 20 cm tall.
Foliage Its leaves are grassy, flat and linear.
Flowers The flower stems arise from the bulb, each bearing one pink flower with 5 tepals. The outer there are sepals and the inner three are petals.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Easy to Grow, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flowering Period After Rain

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Seed Colour(s) Black

Image Repository



Master ID 1279
Species ID 2572
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Species record last updated on: 01 August 2022.