How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Daylily Flowers
Daylilies are edible and have a long history in the kitchen. The tender foliage was eaten as a spring green, the buds and flowers were eaten raw and added to soups, and the swollen portions of the root were boiled and eaten. All parts have a mild peppery taste and act as a thickening agent when cooked in stews, soups, or sauces.
- Try sautéeing daylily buds in some butter and garlic. They taste like a cross between green peas and asparagus.
- Dip daylily buds in a light batter and deep-fry them. Sprinkle with salt, and you have a special summer treat!
In late summer a tiny plant is produced at the top of a scape. It can be planted and will produce a viable plant.
I live in Fairfield, Tx. I have flowerbeds across the front length of my house. I have box shrubs that are at least 20 years old across most of the house and some are starting to peter out on me. My house faces north, so I have partial sun. I have had day lilies in the section of my bed in front of the porch. Unfortunately moles have invaded and killed them after 13 years of expanding beauty. I have contracted a mole specialist to try to rid my yard of them. I have about 90 feet of beds. I would love to remove the shrubs and plant more Day lilies and/or other low maintenance bulb flowers instead. I read in your description that there are different bulbs that bloom at different times, not just spring. My brick is a rusty orange-reddish color with cream and brown touches in them. My yellow and orange colored lilies complimented the house nicely. I am open to any ideas and suggestions anyone has to offer me. Thank you.
How do I keep deer from eating my daylilies? I have sprayed daily with Bobex Deer repellent but recently the deer have had dessert on my daylilies.
Delaine, a couple of things come to mind, probably old wives' tales. Try a couple of dryer sheets around the plant and I've also heard that planting a garlic plant next to a treasure also works. To late to plant garlic so maybe a smooshed clove instead. Best of luck.....Pete
Yes there is such a thing as a true black Lilly: black wizard Lilly and black pearl asiatic Lilly are the 2 I see the most.
There are no true or completely black flowers that grow naturally in nature. However, there are hybrid Asiatic lilies (not day lilies) that were bred to have black petals. Examples are “Black Charm” and “Night Rider.” As you said, they’re actually very very dark maroon or some other color though you may only see this in certain light.
Your article would be improved by showing pictures of the plant as it looks when purchased, as it is planted, and what a clump that you divide looks like.
Hi, Donna, Yes, daylilies will grow in pots, however, the rule of thumb is “the bigger the pot, the better.” One source even suggested that containers should be three-gallon capacity. Smaller varieties may do fine in a medium-size pot. We identify a variety that is well-suited to container above—the ‘Siloam Double Classic’. That said, do not be surprised if any daylily sends roots out of the holes in the bottom of the pot, reaching into the ground. These plants are best suited to growing inground. Hope this helps!