Adding a magnificent sweep of color is always welcome in anyones yard, and in Arizona landscaping you can count on the Zephtranthes to burst into bloom September-October. Also known as the Rain Lily, this tough perennial is a native of the plains in South America and Mexico. As it’s hardiness zones are 7-10, adding this lovely late season bloomer to your landscaping in Cave Creek or Glendale, Arizona is best done where it will have part shade.
You can choose from a selection of colors when adding the Rain Lily to your xeriscaping design – white, pale yellow and this vibrant pink. While the most common name for this easy to grow perennial flower refers to it as a lily, it is actually a member of the Amarylis family named after the west wind. Beneath a wide spreading tree is the perfect spot to add these plants to your outdoor living rooms or for curb appeal.
They do tolerate arid soil quite well, but if you are going to have that glorious sweep of blooms, you’ll want the plants to spread into a well filled clump or ground cover. In your Arizona landscaping, when the long dry periods of summer arrive, it is best to give the Rain Lily some water once or twice a week. They do thrive in the wild over summer dryness, but there is a huge difference between wild flowers on the plains and your manicured landscape design in Cave Creek or Phoenix.
Aptly named for their habit of bursting into bloom after an early fall rain, the Rain Lily performs with show stopping flair with the periods of drying out and watering we practice in our Arizona landscaping. Be sure to pick a spot where the soil drains well or amend your clay soil thoroughly when planting this great perennial in your xeriscaping. Not taking care on giving them the right soil conditions will mean you won’t be enjoying the beauty of bloom. Your newly installed plants will be small, give them some time as the flower show is well worth your patience.