Hemerocallis EARLYBIRD CARDINAL™ ('Endless Heart' PP16515)

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: JERSEY EARLYBIRD™ Daylilies
Common Name: Daylily

We are incredibly excited to be one of the first wholesale growers in the US to offer the new JERSEY EARLYBIRD™ Series EARLYBIRD CARDINAL™ from Dr. Darrel Apps.  A true breakthrough in daylily breeding, this is the first red, very early blooming, hardy daylily. 

Retailers will love how plants grown in greenhouses will show good color as early as late May, when shops are filled with eager customers.  In the ground, this daylily typically starts to bloom in mid-June which is several weeks earlier than most cultivars.  Plants can rebloom up to 4 times per year, showing nearly 100 days of color in zone 6. 

EARLYBIRD CARDINAL™ produces 4” wide, watermelon red flowers with a pie crust edge and chartreuse throat.  It is documented to produce 6 or more fans per season compared to 2-3 fans produced on an average daylily.  It also tends to produce more than one flower scape per fan, so the plants quickly grow to form a highly floriferous, robust clump.  This is a valuable trait for landscapers, retailers, and home gardeners alike who all enjoy a quick return on their investment. 

This evergreen daylily has proven to be hardy in zones 4-9 thus far; it may prove to be hardier after further testing.  Evergreen diploid.

Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees (not affected by juglone).

Intro Year: 2009

Breeder: Dr. Darrel Apps

Introducer: Centerton Nursery

Origin: Not Native to North America


  21 Inches
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Late summer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Daylilies are some of the easiest perennials to grow and are a good choice for any gardener, from the beginner to the professional. These are tough, adaptable plants that will grow in any soil, from normal to slightly wet to dry. Older varieties are able to bloom if planted in partial shade, but most of the newer introductions need full sun for best performance. Likewise, older varieties tend to spread more rapidly than the newer hybrids.

All varieties can be divided every 3-4 years by digging up the entire clump and dividing it into smaller pieces with a minimum of 3 eyes each. This can be done in either spring or fall. Plants should be deadheaded for cosmetic purposes, but in most cases this will not extend the bloom time.


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Daylilies were eaten as food in China and Japan.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.