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Rain Lily Seed Pod Bursts

My Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes carinata) gave a wonderful show these past few weeks with the welcomed rains. Rain lilies can be propagated by separating the offsets on the bulbs and planting them in spring. Some rain lilies produce seed pods which I’ve collected this fall and will plant in a test container. I can’t wait to see what happens.

The pod forms after the flower has closed, dried up and fallen off. The pod has three sections.


As the pod enlarges and dries, the top of each section splits.


The dark seeds are revealed.


They literally burst out of the pod and fall to ground.


I collected some to save for a test planting in a container. We will see what happens.


6 thoughts on “Rain Lily Seed Pod Bursts”

  1. Hi Jackie! Great illustration! I have had very good luck sowing rain lily seeds in pots when the seeds are fresh.They seem to take a while to mature to blooming size but I love rain lilies enough to wait:)

  2. muhammad khabbab

    jackie, hats off to you. I love rain lilies, and i was introduced to these beauties just few months back. In what a wonderful way you have unfolded the beauty of these seeds and seedpots. I have seen the seeds of yellow one more commonly. Thanks for sharing. I am growing pink, yellow and white one in small clay pots.

  3. Meredith/Great Stems

    Very nice! I’m fascinated by these little flowers. I was jealous of the rain lilies people were getting in their yard, and then just a week ago, I saw one about three feet from the border of my property. Spread, little one, spread!

  4. These wonderful white lilies are almost carpet like around my neighborhood. This is the time of year that they are making seed heads here in Central Texas (HeartOfTexas). So many people mow over them in their yards and spread seeds far and wide.

  5. We have a naturally occuring plot of hundreds of white rain lilies in our yard in San Marcos. I can send a photo to anyone interested.

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