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Marcus, Joseph A.
Habranthus tubispathus (L'Hér.) Traub
Copper lily, Rio Grande copper-lily, Rio Grande copperlily
Synonyms: Habranthus texanus, Zephyranthes texana
USDA Symbol: HATU
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Rio Grande copper-lily is a low, smooth perennial, 6-12 in. tall, with a golden-yellow, solitary, terminal flower. Narrow, smooth, thick leaves appear after flowers has withered.
Flowers after the rains of late summer and fall. Very showy when planted in groups where flowers make a mass of color after rains.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
FL , LA , TX Native Distribution:
E. two-thirds of TX Native Habitat:
Moist, grassy swales & pastures USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various somewhat moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Flowers after the rains of late summer and fall. Very showy when planted in groups where flowers make a mass of color after rains.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0024
Collected July 23, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-160
Collected 2007-09-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff