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 is 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. Florhami 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..