Most daylily varieties are very tough

Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:14 - Written by Smith County Master Gardener Association

The daylily has been called the perfect perennial. Few plants compete in hardiness, beauty and diversity in landscaping.

In height, flower-bearing scapes may vary from a few inches to 6 feet, making it useful as both border and background. Types include both winter dormant and evergreen. Individual blooms vary from the size of a violet to 9 inches in diameter, and many are breathtaking. Flower forms include flat, ruffled, double and spider, and colors range the artistic palette, excepting only pure black, pure white and true blue. Many cultivars display several distinct hues on a single bloom.

Most varieties are incredibly tough, doing well in a variety of soils and weather extremes. Extended drought may force them into dormancy, but they generally recover quickly.

Their name derives from each flower’s one day of bloom, but most varieties produce sufficient buds for weeks of color. Some bloom in East Texas by mid-April, and late or repeat bloomers last into October.

The daylily grows in a clump, which generally multiplies readily and should be divided every 3 to 4 years, making it popular as a pass-along plant among friends.