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Hemerocallis

Common Name(s):

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

Old-fashioned orange and yellow daylilies have been hybridized to produce modern daylilies in a rainbow of colors and with flowering times from spring through summer.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil high in organic matter.  When planting, cover tubers in 1 inch (2.5 cm) of soil; it is not usually necessary to lift and store them for the winter.  Propagate plants by division in the fall or spring.  These plants are frequently damaged by deer but are highly salt tolerant.  They are excellent to plant along banks and slopes and provide a nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds.  However, they are toxic to cats, so be mindful of where you place these plants if you are a pet owner.

The genus name is derived from the Greek words hemera– day– and kallos– beauty– referring to the fact that each flower only lasts a day.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#hardy#showy flowers#deciduous#pink flowers#tuberous roots#many colors#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#orange flowers#tuberous#apvg#cpp#well-drained soil#bulbs#perennials#summer bulbs#rich soil#spring bulbs#burgandy flowers#hybrids
Cultivars:
Tags:
#hardy#showy flowers#deciduous#pink flowers#tuberous roots#many colors#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#orange flowers#tuberous#apvg#cpp#well-drained soil#bulbs#perennials#summer bulbs#rich soil#spring bulbs#burgandy flowers#hybrids
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hemerocallis
    Family:
    Hemerocallidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia, hybrid origin
    Bulb Storage:
    Not normally necessary but if desired, store tuberous roots in moist peat or vermiculite at 35-45 degrees F (2-7C)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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
    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, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Has many cultivars that come in a variety of colors with bloom times from spring through summer. Each 2 to 6 in. trumpet-shaped bloom lasts only a day. Provides nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    6-14 in. long, narrow leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats