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Genus: Zephyranthes (zephyr lilies)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Amaryllidaceae

Zephyranthes grandiflora originates from Central America and has become established in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal. An additional four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Zephyranthes grandiflora (Storm Lily, Flower of the West Wind)

Originates from Central America and is a garden escape that has become established in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Zephyranthes aurea


Zephyranthes candida

Native to Argentina and Uruguay.


Zephyranthes rosea

Native to the West Indies.


Zephyranthes tubispatha (Barbados snowdrop)

Native to the West Indies, Venezuela and Colombia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.