Daylily

Hemerocallis 'Blackeyed Stella'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Blackeyed Stella')
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Genus:  Hemerocallis

Daylilies are classic, extremely popular garden plants. They feature long, arching, strappy leaves and long stems of generally 6-petaled flowers, though double flowers are popular as well. Each flower lasts only one day, hence the plant’s common name. Daylilies come in a wide range of colors, from cream and cheery yellow to peach, orange, fiery red, deep burgundy, pink, and purple. Some have contrasting throats and "eye-zones." Daylilies are ideal for a mixed herbaceous perennial border.

Noteworthy Characteristics:  This cultivar has apricot-yellow flowers with deep orange eye-zones and grows to 24 inches tall. It has a nocturnal extended blooming habit; it opens in the late afternoon and closes the following morning or early afternoon, for at least 16 hours. Each flower lasts for only one day. It is a rebloomer, so it will bloom more than once in a season.
Care:  Daylilies are basically sun lovers. They bloom admirably in six hours of sun and will make do with less, but in the North, the more sun they get, the better. In the South, though, they appreciate protection at midday and do best under a high canopy of light shade. While daylilies will grow in ordinary garden soil and are not fussy about pH, they perform magnificently in soils that have been generously amended with organic matter--compost, rotted leaves, or well-aged manure. Moisture is the other key to growing really spectacular daylilies. Although their plump storage roots keep them going in times of drought and guarantee survival, an abundance of water makes all the difference to the quality and quantity of the flowers. Try to provide at least an inch of water a week in the North, more in the South. Mulching plants with shredded leaves or other light organic matter goes a long way toward ensuring moisture retention.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in spring or autumn. Divide in spring or autumn.
Problems:   Daylilies are strong plants and relatively pest and disease resistant. Some minor damage from sucking insects like aphids and thrips. Slugs and snails may damage young leaves. Rust is possible.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Edging,
Ground Covers,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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