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Daylily, Tawny

Herbaceous Perennial Flower

Also known as Fulvous Daylily
Hemerocallis fulva
Liliaceae Family

Valued for its showy blooms in shades ranging from yellow to orange to rose, the flowers are marked with midrib and throat coloration, and often with brownish eyes.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 9
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 2.5 to 3 feet

Spread: 2 to 3 feet

Bloom time:

  • mid-summer
  • late summer

Flower color:

  • red
  • orange
  • yellow
  • pink

Blooms can be any shade of the above colors, often marked with midrib and throat coloration and brownish "eyes."

Foliage color: light green

Leaves are sharply creased along midribs.

Foliage texture: medium


  • cushion, mound or clump
  • grass-like

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Blooms borne on erect, branching scapes rising above the folaige.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • aggressive - Spreads by extensive rhizomes.
  • non-invasive - Naturalized in much of North America, but seeds are sterile and plants can only "escape" into the wild by discarded root systems.
  • not native to North America - Native to Asia, but naturalized in much of North America.
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
  • naturalistic garden
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Divide the rhizomes in fall or spring. Seeds are sterile.

Maintenance and care:
Remove faded flwoers.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

'Europa': orange red blooms with dark rust-colored veins, brown eyes, and pale peach midribs. Very showy.

'Flore Pleno': double orange blooms with red eyes.

'Kwanso': rusty red double blooms with dark brown eyes.

'Kwanso Variegata': rusty red double blooms with dark brown eyes. The leaves are medium green with prominent white striping.

'Vieux Carre': orange red blooms with darker brown eyes. Evergreen.

var. rosea: very showy rose colored blooms with darker rose striping and yellow throats.