Hemerocallis – DayLily, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Hemerocallis – DayLily

During the early Summer months
the roadsides, railroad tracks and banks of streams
are brightened immensely when the Orange Day Lilies
come into bloom. They grow so freely and in so many
out of the way places that many people have come to
consider them as native plants, but they are wild in
Japan and China. This Orange Day Lily

(Hemerocallis fulva) has
a gaudy orange yellow color. The plants grow from 3
feet to 5 feet high, have narrow, drooping, grass-like
leaves which are very graceful, and the trumpet-shaped
flowers are produced on spikes of from six to twelve
blooms. Each flower lasts only a very short time, but
new ones bloom every day. The blooming period extends
from early June through July for all the varieties.
The Lemon Day Lily (H. flava) has clear lemon
or canary-yellow colored flowers and is the better one
of the two to grow in the gardens. It is only 2 feet
or 3 feet high and is delightfully fragrant. H. Middendoifi
a dwarf sort with rich, golden yellow flowers.
H. Dumortieri begins blooming in May and has
very showy flowers of a bronze yellow on the outside
and a rich yellow inside of the petals. There are many
new hybrids of the Day Lilies, many of which are superior
in color and produce more blooms to the spike. H.
has deep, golden yellow blooms with Indian-yellow
markings. The petals are beautifully frilled. H. citrina
has pale lemon-yellow flowers and is a tall grower.
H. Kwanso is a double form of the Orange Day
Lily. H. Thunbergii, a species from Japan, may
be described as a late-blooming Lemon Lily

UTILIZE. Since they grow-
and bloom so freely, their uses are many. About the
most attractive way of growing them is to let them naturalize
themselves along woodland paths, along streams or moist
banks. ‘they are excellent for the border or to plant
among shrubbery. The flowers are used for cutting purposes.

GENERAL. The Day Lilies are
easy to grow, thriving equally well in full sunlight
as in partial shade. In fact they can be planted anywhere
and they will take care of themselves. It is best to
divide the clumps every two years, although they arc
often left for four or five years. They do not need
any protection during the Winter.

PROPAGATION. They are easily
propagated by division of the root stocks..

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