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Photo: Lemon Daylily

General description

With the thousands of hybrid selections that are now available, the species Daylilies are being sadly neglected. This is always the first Daylily to bloom. Flowers are lemon-yellow with a strong citrus fragrance, held on tall stems above grassy foliage. Will slowly spread to form a colony. Good choice for naturalizing. Nice planted near a patio area. Useful also as a cut flower.


  • Flower Colour: Yellow
  • Blooming Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Foliage Color: Deep Green
  • Flower Head Size: Medium
  • Foot Traffic: None
  • Growth Rate: Medium

Plant requirements

  • USDA Zone: 2-9
  • Full Sun or Partial Shade


  • Plants do not usually require dividing for several years, but are easily split apart in fall or early spring.
  • Spent flower stems can be trimmed back after flowers are finished.
  • Remove old foliage in late fall.

Plant Uses

  • Accent: Good Texture/Form 
  • Border 
  • Containers 
  • Cut Flower 
  • Drought Tolerant 
  • Rabbit Resistant 
  • Fragrant 
  • Ground Cover 
  • Massed
  • full sun. Drought resistant ph neutral rich organic or sandy fertilize lightly no hi nitrogen  divide in 3-5 yrs. 2016-2017 is 3 yrs


70 - 90 cm
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Full sun, Partial shade
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained