Friday, July 13, 2012

The Gentle Shepherd has a lily

Species name: Hemerocallis sp. (Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd')

Common name: daylily

Location: Ontario

This cultivar of daylily is very pale yellow fading to nearly white, but when the flower tepals start to dry up before they fall off the plant, the underside turn almost a salmon-orange. The cultivar was first created in 1982, and has been incredibly popular with gardeners since. It's relatively rare to find a white or almost white daylily, and it seems when white blooms are selected the hardiness of the plant suffers. It does much better in warmer climates, especially ones with warmer winters since it doesn't do well with freeze-thaw cycles. Despite all that, the ones on campus seem to be doing just fine!

For a more in-depth blog post about daylilies, please click HERE.