Plant Profiles Index > Zephyranthes grandiflora

photo: Zephyranthes grandiflora Zephyranthes grandiflora 1999-06 Austin, TX

Z. grandiflora is just one of more than 60 species of Zephyranthes native to the Americas. Because of its shocking pink color, Z. grandiflora is often mislabelled Z. rosea by merchants. However, Z. grandiflora is larger; it's flowers are 3 inches or more across. Also notice how the white stigma thrusts out to one side, beyond the floppy, golden anthers. This is another characteristic that distinguishes Z. grandiflora from Z. rosea..

Individual flowers last a day or two depending on the sunlight and temperature. The flowers are almost too big and showy for the Buffalograss meadow. They would look nice in clumps in the front of a border.

The bulbs are easy to dig up and reset. I divided mine for the first time this fall (2001) after they had stopped blooming. They never lost their green leaves, but kept growing as if I hadn't moved them at all.

photo: Zephyranthes grandiflora Zephyranthes grandiflora 2001-09-08 Austin, TX