Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Red Brazilian Rain Lily
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Habranthus
Item #: 13659
Zones: 8b to 10b, guessing
Height: 12" tall
Habranthus ruber is a very rare rain lily species from open fields and woodland edges in the southern Brazilian province of Rio Grande do Sul, where it was first described in 1970. Although not winter hardy outdoors here in Zone 7b, it is a special collector plant that should be in all serious bulb collections. The small, rain lily-size, deciduous bulbs sprout 1' tall spikes for us in mid-August, each topped with 1-2 large scarlet orange flowers that open outfacing before drooping slightly the second day. Habranthus ruber has the closest to red color of all members of the genus known for mainly white and pink flowers. Fortunately, it's quite easy to grow in a container.