Daylily

Daylily  

The daylily is a long-lived, easy care perennial whose leaves resemble mounds of thick-bladed grass. The blooms come from long stocks, and only last one day, as the name implies. There are many buds on one plant and that plant may give a beautiful show of blooms for as long as a month. Daylilies come in numerous varieties in a wide spectrum of colors from the palest yellows and oranges to deeper shades of red and violet.

Daylilies are very versatile, but perform best in full sun areas in well-drained soil with only moderate fertility the plant should be spaced 20 to 30 inches apart and requires watering only during dry periods. You may remove the spent blossoms to improve their appearance. This plant makes a nice addition to the perennial border. A long flowering habit and inch-wide strap like leaves at a bit of dramatic texture to the landscape. In the Pacific Northwest, the south side of the house is ideal for the Daylily. This plant is tolerant of light shade areas but you get the best display of flowers in a full sun location. Starts of this perennial are available at the local garden centers and nurseries or by root divisions taken from older established plants in the early spring and late summer.

Taking apart a daylily is no small task, but is the only way to get the divisions. You will be rewarded with many fine plants. Daylily from seed is a long arduous task usually left to the professional plant breeder.

In summary the Daylily is a very versatile, decorative perennial plant to have in the home landscape. It is widely tolerant of shade and sun locations and has no special soil requirements. This plant is drought tolerant and can be planted permanently, but some varieties show improvement if divided every 7 to 8 years. Daylilies can be recommended to anyone who wants an easy care, attractive perennial, long flowering plant.

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