Old-Fashioned Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) [hem-er-oh-KAL-iss FULL-vah]

Other Names Tawny Daylily, Hermerocallis fulva
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae

Ah, the old standby, Daylilies! These plants are classic favorites: they are hardy, reliable, profusely-blooming, widely-varied perennials that are (almost) impossible to kill. These plants prefer full sun but can survive in part shade (with fewer blooms).

Little known fact: Daylilies aren’t actually lilies at all (though they used to be classified as Liliaceae)! Their blooms are very similar to true lily flowers, but last only a single day before wilting. What they lack in longevity they make up for in numbers: a single Daylily can produce up to 200 blooms a summer!  The genus nam, Hemerocallis, is derived from the Greek words hemera– day– and kallos– beauty– referring to the fact that each flower only lasts a day.

These plants are available in almost every color, a range of sizes, and staggered bloom times, so it’s quite possible to plant a garden entirely of daylilies and enjoy a huge variety.

Hemerocallis’ leaves are long, slender spears that form a mounded shape, from which tall thin stalks sprout and flower. These stalks can be cut to below the foliage after they are done blooming, but this isn’t necessary to promote flowers. Daylilies grow quickly and need to be divided every few years to stay healthy.

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 and easy to grow.  They are excellent to plant along banks and slopes and provide a nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Named Cultivars Hemerocallis fulva var. rosea
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Mature Size 24 - 30 inches tall. 24 - 30 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Part Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet: Daylilies prefer moist, well-drained soil.
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Attractive to Butterflies, Attractive to Hummingbirds, Attracts Hummingbirds, Border, Butterfly Garden, Container, Cottage Garden, Drought Tolerant, Eclectic Garden, Extended Blooms, Formal Garden, Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance, Mass, Moist Soil, Most Popular, Normal Soil, Perennial, Poor Soil, Rabbit Resistant, Reblooming, Semi-evergreen, Showy Flowers, Thornless, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period July to August
Flower Color Tawny Orange
Data Sheets
   In the Landscape Focused on the Plant Leaves Flowers Fruit Fall Leaf Winter Form

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