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Cooperia jonesii (Jones' rainlily)
Carr, Bill

Cooperia jonesii

Cooperia jonesii Cory

Jones' Rainlily, Jones' Rain Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Zephyranthes jonesii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: Cooperia jonesii grows primarily in low fields that are subject to seasonal inundation, but also extends to higher and drier locations. It is found along the Texas Coastal Bend.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: The fragrant yellow flowers open in mid-afternoon, and blooms best in full sun. The blooms are dark yellow on the first day, turning a light cream-yellow on the second day. Like other Rain lilies, the bulbs naturalize well in a lawn, low groundcover area, or short-grass meadow. Cooperia jonesii grows from a bulb that generally does not produce offsets. The grass-like leaves and flower stems appear quickly after it rains.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cooperia jonesii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cooperia jonesii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cooperia jonesii


Record Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: BJG, ADA, GDB

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