Rain Lily – Identification

Q: This flower bloomed from a bulb that was given to me. The leaves show in the spring but the flower appears in early September. Can you help me with an identification?

A: It’s a rain lily, Zephyranthes atamasco

The name Zephyranthes comes from Zephyrus, the god of the west wind in Greek mythology. The west wind presumably brings rain that these plants enjoy.

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