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Hemerocallis fulva

Phonetic Spelling
hem-eh-roh-KAL-iss FUL-vuh
Description

Hemerocallis fulva is commonly called orange daylily for the large, 5" diameter, orange flowers. The flower scapes rise up to 6' tall from the sword-like bright green leaves. It grows in large clumps, naturalizing along roads and in old gardens, often in very poor soil. Its popularity among commercial growers has decreased due to a large number of available Hemerocallis hybrids.

Hemerocallis fulva has become a weedy or invasive species because it spreads rapidly by rhizomes into woods and fields and along roadsides when dumped. This plant may multiply to form dense patches that displace native plants and is often mistaken for a native species.

Genus Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty as each beautiful flower is open for only a day. The specific epithet means tawny-orange.

For more daylily options see Hemerocallis hybrida.

More information on Hemerocallis.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#arching#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#invasive#partial shade#heat tolerant#perennial#weedy#edible flowers#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#cpp#herbaceous#well-drained soil#spreading#roadside#rhizomes#herbaceous perennial#ditches#rapid grower#woodland#naturalizes#clumping#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hemerocalis
    Species:
    fulva
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia (China or Japan)
    Distribution:
    Eastern US, and in parts of the MidWest and NorthWest, especially at older homesites
    Edibility:
    Buds and flowers are edible and have been described as having a sweet-spicy or peppery flavor.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Upward facing, tawny, unspotted blooms with a central stripe that last for one day; leafless flower stem
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    long, linear, strap-like, bright-green, 1-3 ft. (0.3-1 m) long and curve toward the ground.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion
    Heat
    Humidity
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits