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Rain Lilies Respond

Who has time to pamper fussy plants?

When my son wanted to buy rain lilies to grow in the desert, I had my doubts. They looked fragile. The name rain lily seemed to invoke a tropical plant, or at least one that thrived on rain.

Boy, have my ideas changed! These little beauties are so easy to grow and hardy, I don’t know why I had doubts.

They do bloom more profusely after a rain, hence the name.

Just gives us one more reason to look forward to rain here in the desert.

Have you ever tried to grow rain lilies?

Rain Lilies and Rain

Two weeks ago we had an unusual storm go through and it actually rained in Phoenix. A few days later the rain lilies, Zephyranthes sp., began to bloom.

When a rain lily flower opens, the bees go crazy gathering the pollen.

The flowers are only open a day or so at most.

The leaves are already starting to curl a bit on this one.

Although their name suggests they might grow in a moist climate, we actually have a native species in Arizona and rain lilies grow quite well here.

We do water our rain lilies via irrigation. Most are on drip irrigation, but a few I occasionally shower with the hose.

It’s is probably a silly thing to wonder, but it did cross my mind that somehow the plants could distinguish a real rain from artificial rain provided by irrigation, because they flowered after a rain. I wonder how the plants could tell?