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Zephyranthes longifolia (Copper zephyrlily)
Stone, Robert L.

Zephyranthes longifolia

Zephyranthes longifolia Hemsl.

Copper Zephyrlily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Atamosco longifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

1 yellow, funnel-shaped flower held erect on a slender stem; resembling a crocus but much smaller and more delicate.

Zephyranthes means "flower of the west wind." Flowers of this species appear very soon after substantial rains, hence they are sometimes called Rain Lilies.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Southern Arizona east to western Texas and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy deserts and grasslands.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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