Prairie Sunset Rain Lily
Zephyranthes 'Prairie Sunset'
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 3 inches
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Other Names: Fairy Lily, Zephyr Lily
This variety is an old hybrid producing pale salmon blooms that fade to pale peachy-pink; only blooms once well established, and in ideal moisture conditions
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily features bold shell pink trumpet-shaped flowers with peach overtones at the ends of the stems in mid fall. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Prairie Sunset Rain Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.