Zephyranthes candida

Zephyranthes candida , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Liliidae
Ordo: Asparagales
Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Tribus: Hippeastreae
Subtribu: Zephyranthinea
Genus: Zephyranthes
Species: Zephyranthes candida


Zephyranthes candida (Lindl.) Herb.



* Amaryllis candida Lindl., Bot. Reg. 9: t. 724 (1823).

Note: Amaryllis candida (Stapf) = Hippeastrum argentinum

* Plectronema candida (Lindl.) Raf., Fl. Tellur. 4: 10 (1838).
* Argyropsis candida (Lindl.) M.Roem., Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 4: 125 (1847).
* Atamosco candida (Lindl.) Sasaki, List Pl. Formosa: 112 (1928).


* Amaryllis nivea Schult. et Schult.f. in J.J.Roemer et J.A.Schultes, Syst. Veg. 7: 799 (1830).
* Zephyranthes nivea (Schult. et Schult.f.) D.Dietr., Syn. Pl. 2: 1176 (1840).


* Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed ... London 53: t. 2607. 1826
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. 42224
* Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Z. candida.

Zephyranthes candida, known as the Fairy Lily or White Rain Lily, is a native to the Rio de la Plata region of South America including Argentina and Uruguay but also native to Paraguay and Chile.

Other names: August rain lily, White zephyr lily, Peruvian swamp-lily, Zephyr flower, and Autumn zephyr lily. This is a white cultivar of a flower usually found in pink flowering forms, Candida, grows 152 mm to 254 mm (6-10 inches) tall. It's ideal for rock gardens and for tucking into groundcovers.

Leaves are a deep glossy green and measure 3 mm wide. Flowers are erect in perianth white or sometimes pinkish abaxially. The leaf-like bract is 1.8 to 4 cm. They grow best in full sun to part shade and require a medium wet soil.

Propagation is done by dividing bulbs or offsets and from seed.

Zephyranthes candida was first described by John Lindley in 1823 as Amaryllis candida. It was renamed under its current name in 1826 by William Herbert.[1]


1. ^ "Zephyranthes candida". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni?taxon_id=44569.

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