Please identify lovely small spreader

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  1. Cantonman

    Cantonman New Member

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    This lovely little showy flower blooms each spring in my garden in the Dallas area. Below are specifications.
    Flowers about 1” wide in clusters of no more than 2 or 3 although some usually follow on same stem. Brilliant coral pink. Photo is accurate.
    Droopy strap leaves as tall as flowers (about 6-9”) Central vein. See photo
    Bulb-like root that almost reminds me of a small nutsedge. Bulb is 1/8” to 1/4” wide, white with purply areas.
    Spreads each year. Blooms late Feb to mid/late May when it starts to get hot here. 40° - 90°F
    Note that 3 petals have dark areas in center and 3 opposite 3 fade to lighter color at center.
    No fragrance. Has survived temps to 0°F for 2-4 days so far.
    I think this came along in soil of a purchased plant.
    Unknown if it is a Texas native but seems to do great here.
    Doesn’t seem to transplant well.

    Thanks so much!
     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I would suggest Zephyranthes, rain lily, except that's supposed to bloom after it rains, not mentioned as being triggered by hot weather. That genus is native in the southern US, but in white, yellow or pink. I'd think this colour would have to be a hybrid, if the ID is correct. It's curious that the different petals are grouped together. It's common for lily flowers to have petals and sepals alternating around the circle, petals on top, which all look very similar so are all called tepals, and that is what is happening here, but maybe the colouring arrangement suggests that I'm off on the wrong track. Thanks for posting this. I hope someone ID's it.
     
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    Cantonman New Member

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    I doubt it’s a rain lily as I have several in the garden. They bloom much later and only in hot weather usually after a rain or heavy irrigation. Also rain lily foliage resembles chive plants…nothing like this.
     
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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, @togata57. Iridaceae family. Native to southeastern Africa, grown as an ornamental elsewhere. The cited page describes it as cormous rather than bulbous.
     

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