Botanical Name: Hemerocallis spp
Common Name: Daylily  
Plant photo of: Hemerocallis spp
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Tropical, Water Garden, Wetlands, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Lawn, Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Roadside, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Medicinal


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Greenwood Daylily Gardens
  • Description

  • Notes

Daylilies are one of the most common and most color-varied groups of flowers in our gardens. Typically, daylilies have open, trumpet shaped flowers, some single petaled, some double, ruffled or not, single or multi-colored. Generally they bloom in early summer, though some rebloom throughout the summer months. Foliage is grass-like, green, and clump-forming; fall color is yellow. They spread at the crown and by stolons. Use at the front of shrub or foundation borders, in perennial gardens, or along paths. They are also great for those areas that get little care, such as the sides of garages, along the alley or driveway. There are so many, we have only included a few our favorites, but they are all wonderful.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun to a little shade. The ideal soil is a loam-sand or clay-loam soil, though daylilies are very adaptive. Avoid overhead watering, as that can cause spots on the flowers, or cause them to wilt. As flowers along the scape are spent, you can break them off to keep a tidier appearance, or simply remove the entire scape after flowering is completed. Remove old foliage and any remaining scapes in late winter to early spring, as new foliage emerges. Very heat tolerant. Though moderately drought tolerant, adequate watering during the spring when buds are forming is essential to vigorous summer flowering. Daylilies are discribed as being early-, mid-, or late bloomers and refers to when they bloom compared to other daylilies. Generally, daylily season is June through August, so early is usually around June, mid is July, and late is August. 'Rebloomers' usually have a primary bloom, followed by intermittent blooming the remainder of the season. Leaves emerge in mid spring, which makes them good companions to spring bulbs. The foliage is late enough that it doesn't obscure spring bulbs, and is lush enough by summer to hide the spent bulb foliage.