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Hemerocallis 'Erin Lea'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Daylily

Flower quality on a yellow daylily doesn’t get much better than this.  We have been incredibly impressed with the consistently outstanding, refined flower form and color of this new cultivar. 

The broad, rounded flower is a sunny golden yellow complete self – all parts of the flower are the same color – edged in unusually fringed, frilly ruffles.  The petals open flat, making the flowers look even larger than they are.  They remain in this perfect condition all day even though they are open for at least 16 hours apiece. 

Strong, well-branched, heavily budded scapes carry the large 5.5-6" blossoms in midseason.  In our fields, we noted that this cultivar reblooms in late summer, though it is not officially registered as a rebloomer.  Outstanding!

Dormant tetraploid.

This is considered a premium daylily, which means that it has been selected as highly performing plant with exceptional bloom performance, substantive, vibrantly colored flowers, complete winter hardiness in northern zones, and a vigorous habit.

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).

Breeder: Blaney

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  24 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Rebloomer
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?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Continuous bloom or rebloomer
Easy to grow

Awards:

  American Hemerocallis Society Honorable Mention (AHS first stamp of approval) 1998

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Common Name: Montbretia
5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium 'Rozanne' PP12175
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'
Common Name: Blanket Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
Common Name: Coneflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Cerise' PPAF CPBRAF
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8
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History:

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.