Treat’s rain lily, Zephyranthes atamasca var. treateiae,
is a special variety that mostly grows in counties on either side of the GA-FL line.
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Picture by John S. Quarterman at Okra Paradise Farms,
Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 March 2012.
A small lily that grows only in counties along the Georgia-Florida border,
and maybe in a few in Alabama: Treat’s Rain Lily, Zephyranthes atamasca
These days it’s classified as an amaryllis.
These are not your average lily.
They only grow in counties in south Georgia and north Florida
along the state line,
and maybe a few counties in Alabama.
Treat’s rain lily, Zephyranthes atamasca var. treateiae.
It’s actually an amaryllis.
You may know them as “those lilies you see in the ditch by the road.”
More pictures in the
Pictures by John S. Quarterman, Lowndes County, Georgia, 17 March 2011.
You may know these as Easter lilies, or “those lilies that grow in the ditches by the road in the spring.”
It turns out their real name is Treat’s Rain Lily,
and they are a native of south Georgia and north Florida,
plus a bit of Alabama, and don’t grow anywhere else.
We’ve seen them in Georgia counties along the Florida border
as far west as Cairo, but not any farther north.
much more about these lilies.
They really like where we burned this spring in the woods:
The red flags mark where we transplanted some longleaf pine seedlings.
Pictures by Gretchen Quarterman, 2-3 April 2010, Lowndes County, Georgia.
The pictures of
Easter Lilies from a few days ago obviously aren’t the big Japanese
lilies commonly sold as Easter Lilies; they’re a native plant,
found in their native habitat in Lowndes County, Georgia.
Everybody around here recognizes them, and seems to call them either
Easter Lilies, or “those lilies you see in the ditch by the road.”
Nobody seems to know any other name for them, neither common nor botanic.
So Gretchen and I journeyed two hours south to the strange land of
Gainesville, Florida, to attend the
Gopher Tortoise Council spring meeting, taking a few samples
of “those lilies” in hopes that the assembled botanists and biologists
could identify them.
And they could!
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