Native to Asia, Orange Daylilies are extremely hardy, quick to colonize, and produce gorgeous blooms in mid-summer. They divide every few years, producing entirely new plants that help outperform common unwanted garden plants (weeds). These are very common in suburban areas where applicable due to their deisreable qualities. However, these lilies compete with easter lilies, asiatic lilies, tiger lilies, and other daylilies (there are over 40,000 registered varieties of daylily available today).
Hemerocallis fulva (Orange Daylily, Common Daylily, Tawny Daylily)
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Height: 60-75 centimeters (24-30 inches) tall (scapes reach 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall)
Diameter: 60-75 centimeters (24-30 inches) across
Growth Rate: moderate
Root System: fibrous, tuberous
Subspecies: ‘Europa’ (orange-red flowers), ‘Flore Pleno’ (orange flowers, double blooms), ‘Kwanso’ (red flowers, double blooms), ‘Kwanso Variegata’ (same as
‘Kwanso’ with variegated foliage), ‘Vieux Carre’ (orange-red flowers, not deciduous (evergreen)), var. rosea, MANY other cultivars/varieties/subspecies exist
Tolerates: herbivores (rabbits), drought, summer heat, soil erosion, heavy/clay soils, poor air quality (urban pollution)
Problems (major): none
Problems (minor): very few
Poisonous: Although supposedly edible, consuming a large amount of the foliage may have hallucinogenic effects. Do not eat those without first contacting a
licensed medical doctor/physician/some equivalent.
Soil requirements: prefers loamy/medium well-drained soils (tolerates heavy/clay soil and light/sandy soil as well of any pH)
Air requirements: tolerates urban pollution
Watering requirement: moderate
Sun requirement: full sun to part-shade
Leaf shape: arching, strap-shaped or sword-shaped, light to medium green
Leaf size: 30-90 centimeters (12-36 inches) long
Flower structure: 5-9 flowers open for one day each atop a scape up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall, flowers: 3 petals, 3 sepals, 5 anthers, 1 stigma, large, showy, many shades of orange, funnel-shaped
Flowering frequency: annually in June-August
Bulb/tuber: fleshy rhizomes
The blooms and flowers are quite spectacular. These colonize quickly and help crowd out weeds.
H. fulva are grown for their foliage, flowers, and many other positive qualities.
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