Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rain Flower - A wonder of wonders!

Nature is amazing and there is no end to the discoveries we make about it. My Garden is my lab where I see, feel and explore the Nature. And true to its enigmatic nature, here is another trick that nature has up its sleeve for us to see. Immediately after peak summer, we had a brief spell of rains. Lo and behold, I found the quiet green tender stalks bearing a matchstick-tip like pink buds. This morning, the buds have bloomed and lo, the flowers are there to see. 

Some searching on the web and I discovered the flower to be Zephyranthes, and more commonly known as fairy lily, rainflower, zephyr lily, magic lily, Atamasco lily, and rain lily. True to its name, the rain lily is a wonder. I seriously wonder how they distinguish rain water from the water that we pour. I water the plants including the rainflower everyday very religiously but its only the rainwater(any time during the year) which makes the flowers blooom. 


  1. Very true. Wrote about this one recently. I tried to mimic the rains but this thing did not flower, but once the rains came in, the were like blooming their daylights off.

  2. That's exactly what I've often wondered too! But rather than attributing it to any extra perception on the part of the plant, I think it is the combination of cooler weather plus rain after a long hot, dry spell that makes it bloom.


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