Hemerocallis, commonly known as daylily, is an easy to grow and low-maintenance flowering perennial native to Asia. They are fast growing and well-suited to a variety of conditions – thriving in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 – 9. They are known for their colorful flowers that bloom from mid-summer to early fall.
The name Hemerocallis is comprised of two Greek words: the first part meaning “day” and the second part meaning “beauty.” As the name suggests, each flower is in bloom for about twenty-four hours, generally opening in the morning and fading by that evening. However, there are usually many buds on each stalk and many stalks on each plant, so the blooming period usually lasts for several weeks.
Daylilies grow from fleshy fibrous roots, forming clumps of long thin leaves from the crown of the plant. The single form of the flower is the most popular and consists of what looks like two layers of three large petals. In fact, the inner layer is the petals, and the outer layer is the sepals. Each flower has six stamens and one pistil protruding from its center. Depending on the variety, the plants will grow from one to four feet tall.
In terms of care, as mentioned, daylilies are easy to grow. They can develop in most lighting situations, but the more sun they receive, the more profusely they will bloom. They are also quite tolerant of different soil conditions but will do best when the soil is moist but well-drained.
In addition to being easy and low maintenance, the lovely flowers of daylilies come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. This combination of ease and beauty has caused many to refer to these plants as “the perfect perennial.”
Daylilies can serve a multitude of purposes in your landscape – from mass border plantings to specimen plant.
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