Zephyranthes rosea Lindl.

Bulbous perennial, the semi-erect, narrowly linear, basal leaves being produced with the short-tubed, funnel-shaped pink flowers in autumn.  To 20cm.  [RHSE, Hortus, Baker Am.].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Botanically described as Zephyranthes rosea by Lindley in 1824: ‘This beautiful bulbous plant was found at the Havannah by Mr. George Don, and brought home by him, in 1823, for the Horticultural Society; in whose garden it flowered, for the first time, in June last.  It is a greenhouse plant of easy culture and propagation.  The delicate rose-coloured blossoms, which are produced in abundance at a time when little similar is in flower, render it a valuable addition to our collections.’ [BR f.821/1824].

‘Leaves bright green, narrow, recumbent; flower much smaller than Carinata, segments rather obtuse, rose-coloured.  Native of the mountains in Cuba; a greenhouse plant, but its flowering is promoted by heat in the summer.’  [Herbert p.173].  

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1845 catalogue, Zephyranthes rosea was included among desiderata to Loddiges, 6th January 1845 and this is its probable source.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  A perhaps less likely identification for this plant is Zephyranthes minuta (Kunth) D.Dietr. which see.


Published May 16, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2012 - 04:18 PM

Illustrated are strap-like leaves, unopened bud  and widely expanded pink flower.  Botanical Register f.821, 1824.

Zephyranthes rosea Lindl. | BR f.821/1824 | BHL


More details about Zephyranthes rosea Lindl.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

Central America, Caribbean

  • Amaryllis rosea (Lindl.) Spreng.
  • Atamasco rosea (Lindl.) Greene
  • Zephyranthes carnea (Schult. & Schult.f.) D.Dietr.


Common Name

Fairy lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Zephyranthes rosea 


Confidence level medium