Growing and Taking Care of Pink Rain Lily | Zephyranthes Carinata

Last Updated: 18.10.2023
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Pink Rain Lily is a small specimen with cute blooms and can be a great tabletop or windowsill plant! Here are all the details!


Pink Rain Lily
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The Pink Rain Lily is a bulbous, perennial flowering plant that is native to Mexico. It features beautiful, light pink blooms with a white center and yellow anthers. It typically blooms in late summer and early fall, but can occasionally bloom in the spring.

Botanical Name: Zephyranthes carinata

Common Names: Pink rain lily, pink fairy lily, pink zephyr lily, and pink magic lily

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About Pink Rain Lily

Pink Rain Lily, also popular as Zephyranthes carinata, is a genus of bulbous perennial flowering plants. The plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, growing in grasslands, woodlands, and other open habitats. The flowers are generally white, pink, or yellow, although some hybrids have red and lavender blooms. The flowers typically bloom in the summer and fall after heavy rains.

It is a popular choice for gardeners due to its low-maintenance nature and eye-catching appearance, making them a great addition to any garden or landscape.

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Propagating Pink Rain Lily



Propagating Pink Rain Lily is relatively easy and can be done through bulb division or by collecting and planting the seeds.

Bulb Division:
  1. Wait until Zephyranthes carinata has finished flowering and the leaves have begun to die back.
  2. Carefully dig up the bulbs from the soil, taking care not to damage them.
  3. Use a sharp, clean knife to separate the bulbs into smaller sections, making sure that each section has at least one healthy shoot and a good root system.
  4. Plant the divided bulbs in well-draining soil, with the top of the bulb just below the surface of the soil.
  5. Water the newly planted bulbs thoroughly, and keep the soil moist until new growth appears.
Seed Propagation:
  1. Wait until the plant has finished flowering and the seed pods have matured and turned brown.
  2. Collect the seed pods and remove the seeds from the pod.
  3. Soak the seeds in water for several hours to soften the hard outer coating.
  4. Plant the seeds in well-draining soil, either in pots or directly in the garden, and cover lightly with soil.
  5. Water the soil and keep it consistently moist until the seeds germinate, which can take 3-4 weeks.

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Requirements to Grow Zephyranthis Carinata

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The plant requires full to partial sunlight to grow and thrive. Pick a location that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day for the best flowers.

In hot climates, it is recommended to plant them in a location that receives afternoon shade to protect them from the intense heat.


The plant prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Pink Rain Lily can grow in a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils. It is important to avoid planting in soil that is too heavy or compacted, as this can cause root rot and hinder growth.


Pink Rain Lily needs regular watering to grow and thrive, but it is important to avoid overwatering, as this can rot. Water the plant only when the topsoil feels a little dry to the touch. Also, do not water the plant on a daily basis.


These are tropical plants that prefer warm temperatures to grow and thrive. Zephyranthes carinata grows best in temperatures between 15°C (60°F)  and 27°C (80°F).


These flowers prefer moderate to high humidity levels to grow and thrive, with a range of 50-70% being ideal. Keep its pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water for best results.

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Taking Care of Pink Rain Lily



Zephyranthes carinata benefits from regular fertilization to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to 1/2 of its strength, once in 2 months. This will be enough to boost the growth and blooms.


These plants do not require extensive pruning, but some light pruning can help promote healthy growth and maintain an attractive appearance. Deadheading spent blooms can encourage the plant to produce more flowers and prevent the plant from putting energy into producing seeds.

Pests and Diseases

One of the most common pests is spider mites, which can cause yellowing and stippling of the leaves. These can be controlled through regular misting to increase humidity, or by using insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Another common issue is root rot, which can occur if the soil is too heavy or if the plant is overwatered. To prevent this, it is important to ensure good soil drainage and avoid overwatering.

Additionally, these flowers can be susceptible to fungal diseases such as leaf spots or bulb rot, which can be prevented by avoiding overhead watering and ensuring good air circulation around the plants.

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Advantages of Zephyranthis Carinata

  • Pink Rain Lily produces beautiful pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer and fall, adding a splash of color to any garden.
  • It is a low-maintenance plant that does not require frequent watering or fertilization. It is also resistant to many common pests and diseases.
  • The plant is drought-tolerant and can survive in dry conditions. This makes it an ideal choice for gardens with low rainfall or those wanting to conserve water.
  • The flowers of Zephyranthes Carinata can last for several weeks, providing extended periods of color and beauty in the garden.
  • Zephyranthes Carinata can naturalize easily, meaning that it can spread and multiply without becoming invasive. This makes it an excellent choice for planting in meadows, naturalized gardens, and woodland areas.
  • The bulbs of Zephyranthes Carinata have medicinal properties and are used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including inflammation, fever, and diarrhea.

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