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Pancratium zeylanicum and Texas Sage

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    Default Pancratium zeylanicum and Texas Sage

    Pancratium is a genus of 17 or 18 species that occur in Asia, Africa, and Europe. P. zeylanicum grows in India and on the islands of the Indian Ocean where it is known commonly as ďrain flower.Ē Itís a bulb that has no rest period unless water is withheld. It propagates by producing offsets and seed. The pollinator is a moth with a very long proboscis.

    This tropical plant is rare in cultivation, but itís very easy to care for. Mine stays outside on the deck during the summer where it gets about half a day of sun. I water it enough to keep it moist and give it an organic fertilizer every couple of weeks. It blooms intermittently, most commonly after a rain, which is why itís called a rain flower and evidently why it has bloomed only twice this year. We had a drought through most of the summer. Itís interesting that the plant knows the difference between rain and hand watering.

    The shrub with purple flowers in the background is Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) and this plant also blooms after a rain. Thatís why both of them are blooming at the same time.
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    thats nature,

    I like the shape of the flower

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    Beautiful photography! I like the flower's shape too. Thanks for the introduction.

    Cheers!
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    Beautiful. And the purple background really set off the lovely white bloom.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Your Photos are beautiful, Anglo. We have something simular here called a Spider lily, Hymenocallis Latifolia. It is blooming now also but not because it just started raining. We are heading out of our rainy season.
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    Beautiful flower anglo--I've never seen anything like it. And together with the purple sage flowers--gorgeous!

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    Both the rain flower and the spider lily are amazing! Thanks for sharing, guys!

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    Thanks for all those nice comments. I got lucky taking the pictures. The light and the colors were just right at the moment for a few good shots

    And Molly Taco, that's a very graceful looking flower. Did you plant that or is it just a native volunteer? They would be beautiful things to have popping up here and there on their own.

    Pancratium and Hymenocallis are both members of the family Amaryllidaceae. The similarities between them can be confusing. If fact, when I bought the above plant from an online vendor, I thought I was buying some rare spider lily. It was listed as “Hymenocallis zeranicum.” In researching it, I learned that there is no such species. Eventually, I stumbled upon some info about Pancratium and was able to correctly identify the plant. Since then, the vendor has corrected his listing.

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