One of the old-time names for this tough perennial was “ditch lily,” owing to the fact that it grew rampantly in unmowed ditches—even those in shade. It’s better known as tiger lily or daylily. Today, cultivated varieties are grown throughout much of the country. Daylilies are beloved for their large, colorful flowers and ease of cultivation. The name refers to the resemblance of the flower to the unrelated lily (Lilium spp.) and from the fact that flowers last only a day.
Good companions include yarrow (Achillea), salvia, liatris, penstemon, veronica, lavender, coreopsis, and purple coneflower (Echinacea).
Plant Type: Perennial
Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 1–3 ft foliage, 1–5 ft flower stalks
Width: 18 in
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Bloom Time: Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer
Foilage Color: Green
Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant
Uses: Groundcover, Slope/Erosion, Back of Border
Plant root structures in spring, potted daylilies anytime. Daylilies tolerate a range of soils but do best in fertile, well-drained soil with ample moisture. Divide in spring every 3 to 5 years to reinvigorate plants and keep them blooming. Remove flower stalks after plants are done flowering.