Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasco)

This flower springs from an onion-like bulb to a height of about fifteen inches. It has several narrow, linear basal leaves about one-half inch wide and ten to fifteen inches long.

The single-flowered fleshy stalk is without leaves except for a bract subtending the flower. The lily-like blossom, about three inches long, changes from pure white to pink as it ages.

Native to the Southeast, it grows in wet roadside ditches and wet woods, blooming in March and April. The leaves and especially the bulbs of this common species are poisonous when eaten.

Transplant Atamasco lilies when the plants begin to go dormant, into soil that is rich in humus and moist during the growing season. The edge of a wooded area that gets a few hours of direct light is a good location.