When It Rains…You Get Rain Lilies

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Day two after a rain shower.

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Day three and they are in full bloom.

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Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes) are in the Amaryllis family.  They are so interesting as they almost always bloom three days after it rains.  Rain Lilies can tell the difference between sprinkler water and rain water.  Only water from Mother Nature will make them bloom. This one blooms in the spring although some are fall bloomers. Rain Lilies also come in yellow and white.  There are wild ones that grow here on the Gulf Coast and have a wonderful scent.  They reproduce by seeds and offsets.  If the flowers are snapped off before going to seed, they will continue to bloom several more times.  Their leaves are evergreen and look nice all year, which is just perfect for the Automatic Garden.