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Atamasco Lily

Zephyranthes atamasca

Height: 6-12 inches
Light: Sun to partial shade
Moisture: Moist, wet, well-drained soil
Bloom Time: April – May
Flower Color: White
Foliage: Basal leaves only

Unassuming at first, with grassy foliage and short stature, Atamasco Lilies surprise with their large, fragrant flowers. As they age, blossoms change from white to pale pink.

In the wild, Atamasco Lilies grow in wet roadside ditches, moist open woodlands, and meadows, and are able to withstand drought when dormant. Atamasco Lilies look best when planted in masses, especially in a woodland setting. They can even be grown right in the lawn, flowering in early spring before grass cutting season.

Both the leaves and the bulb of the Atamasco Lily are reported to be poisonous.