Zephyranthes atamasco from George in Pee Dee

While turkey hunting in Florence and Marion counties in mid April, I have happened upon this flower. It occurs in colonies under large deciduous trees in shade. I come across it mainly in bottom land type woods. The flower is gone by May. Thank you.

Hi George,

this is a fairly common native wildflower mostly in bottomland forests on the coastal plain, called the Atamasco Lily, Zephyranthes atamasco. I think some people also call it an Easter lily but it is not the commercial lily sold as that. It is actually more closely related to an Amaryllis. It is very easily found when in bloom, but the leaves are grass-like and most will not recognize it when it is not in flower.  It has a bulb.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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