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Marcus, Joseph A.
Habranthus tubispathus (L'Hér.) Traub
Copper lily, Rio Grande copper-lily, Rio Grande copperlily
Synonym(s): Habranthus texanus, Zephyranthes texana
USDA Symbol: hatu
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Rio Grande copper-lily is a low, smooth perennial, 6-12 in. tall, with a golden-yellow, solitary, terminal flower. Narrow, smooth, thick leaves appear after flowers has withered.
Flowers after the rains of late summer and fall. Very showy when planted in groups where flowers make a mass of color after rains.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
E. two-thirds of TX Native Habitat:
Moist, grassy swales & pastures
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various somewhat moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Flowers after the rains of late summer and fall. Very showy when planted in groups where flowers make a mass of color after rains.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0024
Collected July 23, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-160
Collected 2007-09-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff