Soil pH requirements:
Flowers are fragrant
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
USDA Zone 8a: to 10b:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Poisonous if ingested
Pink, white, yellow, copper
Late Summer/Early Fall
5.6 to 7.8
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
|Z. rosea are perennial herbaceous monocots. They are small plants, reaching only 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) in height.
They bear five to six narrow and flattened dark green linear leaves, about 3 to 4 mm (0.12 to 0.16 in) wide, from spherical tunicate bulbs around 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres (0.59 to 0.98 in) in diameter.
The single funnel-shaped flowers are borne erect or slightly inclined on scapes around 10 to 15 cm (3.9 to 5.9 in) long.
The spathes are around 2 to 2.8 cm (0.79 to 1.10 in) long and slightly divided only at the tip.
The fragrant six-petaled flowers are around 2.5 cm (0.98 in) in diameter and 3 to 3.5 cm (1.2 to 1.4 in) in length. The perianth is bright pink with a green central perianth tube that is less than 5 mm (0.20 in) long. The six stamens are of different lengths – one of 11 mm (0.43 in), one of 16 mm (0.63 in), and four between 12 to 13 mm (0.47 to 0.51 in). They are shorter than the style and inserted at the mouth of the perianth. The anthers are 3 to 6 mm (0.12 to 0.24 in) long. The flowers develop into capsules that are divided deeply into three lobes. The seeds are shiny black and flattened.
|Information on this page is from Missouri Botanical Gardens, Dave’s Garden, All things Plants or Texas Superstar
Photo by Primejyothi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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