Rainlily question

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 09:50:20 PDT

Nhu has just added photos to the Habranthus page of Habranthus tubispathus

He shows massed blooming in Berkeley, California. I've given up on 
rain lilies with the exception of Z. candida which grows in a 
container with a Meyer Lemon as even though I get them to grow from 
seed they don't bloom, at least not on my shady dry in summer 
property.  Eventually I got rid of most all of them. We had some very 
early discussions about this when we first formed this list and as 
the name implies, these plants seem to do very well in places where 
there is sudden rainfall in summer which does not occur where I live. 
So it is nice to see that they are doing well in the UC Botanical garden.

Nhu also has added a photo of a form grown from  PBS BX 179 (received 
as Zephyranthes katherinae).  I noticed that we do not have that 
species pictured on the wiki so perhaps someone who grows it would be 
willing to supply photos for the wiki. While looking for that I found 
that the Plant List spells the name of this species Z. 
katheriniae  (i before ae). Most of the people who grow this spell it 
Z. katherinae. So if you search on Google under that name you get 
references to growing it. If you search under Z. katheriniae you get 
all the data bases that list plants.  I did however find this web 
site referencing it with a photo under the name the Plant List uses:

So what name should we be using? Which color forms do people on this list grow?

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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