Is this an amarilla?

svanessa(9/SoCal)August 6, 2014

Hi Everyone, Attached is a photo of my friends plant. We are trying to ID it. I thought it was an amarilla of some sort. If not does anyone recognize it?
Thanks,
Sue

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

It's in the family!! Looks like a Rain Lily to me (see blog link). How big are those blooms, really? An inch or so? They look huge in the photo!
K

Here is a link that might be useful: Grant Meyer blog Re: Rain Lily

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 9:19PM
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haweha

Yes, it is "at least" one Amaryllid, from the American clade of Amaryllids, and I presume it is Habranthus robustus. I ,like the "4+4" flower on the right side, this happens but not all-too often, and which might produce a Seed Pod in the shape of a "Bishops Head Cover" if you pollinate. However, you will not receive seedlings which will reveal this variation more often than the parent. Great capture, thank you!

This post was edited by haweha on Thu, Aug 7, 14 at 3:19

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 3:16AM
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jodik_gw

I would concur... more commonly known as Rain Lilies, they're lovely little flowers for the gardens of warmer climes, as they are tender. I have some potted, and they bloom in spring. I really like the pink, and the size of the plants!

Very nice photo!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 7:41AM
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svanessa(9/SoCal)

Rain lilies! I never heard of them before. Thank you all for your ID. I will definitely research them further. Glad you liked the photo too. :-)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:45PM
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jodik_gw

Habranthus and Zephyranthes, both commonly known as "Rain Lilies", come in wonderful pinks, yellows, and whites... they're lovely little flowers for the front of a border, or tucked in among a ground cover, or anywhere you might want a little extra color... when the rains come and they push up their little shoots!

Even in pots, if you live in a colder gardening zone, they are very nice to have! I've a pot with pinks, and one with young whites. I'm still working on acquiring some yellow bulbs... one of these days...

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:05PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

There are peach-colored blooms too!
K

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 3:17PM
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