|Growing in our Texas garden, surrounded by partridge peas
|Our Pennsylvania potted specimen
In Pennsylvania, I didn't fuss much with tender bulbs, but I made an exception for this one, to see if it would live up to the raves. Grown from seed one year, it overwintered in a pot in our garage, and didn't pose too much trouble. Probably due to its cramped quarters, combined with lack of fertilizing, it didn't make a magnificent display, but I was pleased to see its soft-pink flower appear suddenly one day in early July.
|Argentine rain lily
|germinate at room temperature; self-seeds sparingly in our garden
detailed seed-starting info below
Fast forward a good number of years, and we find ourselves transplanted from Pennsylvania to Texas, where these bulbs are perfectly hardy. I grew a new batch from seed, and was rewarded in the years following with a good number of sturdy plants (they multiply, too). The flowers are somewhat different in form from the ones I'd seen in Pennsylvania, with a floppier (handkerchief-like) habit and pointier petals. Looking at internet photos, there does seem to be a good bit of variability in flower form. They start blooming a little later than many other rain lilies in our garden, but make a nice splash when they're finally ready, typically sometime in May – after which they flower sporadically throughout the warm season. I appreciate the many flowers they throw at me.
|Happily living in the rock garden
|A few flowers among many seedheads
|In full bloom in late May, first flush of the season
|Four days later, the show is over. The aftermath has its own charm.
|Five days later: plump seedheads
|Two weeks later: ripened seedheads spilling their contents
|Each seed pod splays open to reveal rows of tightly packed flat black seeds
In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, Houston rock garden, foundation border, houston front yard, left fence nursery area
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|Jul 10, 2008
|This one happily survives year round in the ground here in zone 7b - it just needs lots of sun.
|Aug 20, 2013
|Do deer eat them?
I don't know – maybe somebody else will chime in.
- Seed from HPS/MAG '05/'06 exchange. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7-12d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (60%G, 6-14d)
- Seed from NARGS '17/'18 exchange. Baggy 70F (88%G, 4-10d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (71%G, 5-14d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (55%G, 5-10d)
- Seed from '20 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 9-12d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (72%G, 8-13d)
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