Thursday, July 19, 2012

The dawn of the magic lily

Species name: Hemerocallis sp. (Hemerocallis 'Magic Dawn')

Common name: daylily

Location: Ontario

This cultivar of daylily was first registered in 1955, so this certainly isn't a new cultivar by any stretch of the imagination! The petals of these flowers are bright purple-red when they first open, fading to an almost blood-red or maroon with age before setting seed. Depending on the source of the plant, the sepals may or may not have a light maroon area around the edges that is slightly more visible with age. The popularity of the Magic Dawn cultivar also comes with its growing conditions; it prefers dry conditions and thrives in high plant density areas.

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