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Plant of the Week: Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Hemerocallis 'Burning Daylight' (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 70cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its mid green leaves are strap shaped, arching and up to 70cm long and 15mm broad. Its fragrant orange/ yellow flowers are trumpet shaped, up to 12cm across, appear on naked stems above the leaves in groups. Its fruit is a capsule. Its roots are rhizomes which aids its slow spread.

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’, commonly known as the Daylily ‘Burning Daylight’, was bred by H. A. Fischer of the USA and introduced to the public in 1957.

The etymological root of the binomial name Hemerocallis is derived from the Greek amera meaning ‘day’ and kellos meaning ‘beauty’.

The landscape architect may find Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ useful as a low growing ground cover and works well when planted en mass. It is suitable for prairie type planting schemes. Once established this perennial is drought tolerant.

Ecologically, Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Hemerocallis 'Burning Daylight' Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ prefers moist, deep, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It dislikes strongly alkali soils and will tolerate poor soils.

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in late autumn or spring.

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