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Habranthus tubispathus (L'Hér.) Traub
Copper Lily, Rio Grande Copper-lily, Rio Grande Copperlily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: FL , LA , 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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
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-1599 Collected 2013-09-10 in McLennan County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJWC-160 Collected 2007-09-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Habranthus tubispathus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Habranthus tubispathus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Habranthus tubispathus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff