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Hemerocallis 'Steeple Jackie'

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

Virtually yet unknown, this daylily represents a totally new look for daylilies. 

Taking the opposite bend from so many perennials that are bred for compactness, ‘Steeple Jackie’ was bred to make a statement in the landscape with its towering 5 foot tree-like pillar of blooms from late summer into early fall. 

Trumpet-shaped, fragrant, small 2.5", light canary yellow flowers are produced in clusters of 3-4 on 7-way branched scapes carrying a whopping total of 55-100 buds apiece.  The scapes rise high above the clump of slender, green leaves. 

This plant is a designer’s dream, as it fills a niche in the back of the border that few other perennials can this late in the season.  Be sure to try this one – it’s unlike any daylily you’ve seen! 

If 5 feet is just too tall for your space, try a similar but shorter variety called ‘The Jury’s Out’.

Dormant 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).

Breeder: Saxton

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-5 Feet
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?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
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?:
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Specimen or focal point
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.

They 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  
Hibiscus 'Jazzberry Jam'
Common Name: Rose Mallow
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Apricot'
Common Name: Blanket Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Buddleia 'Lavender Cupcake' PPAF
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis 'Red Chiffon' PPAF
Common Name: Tickseed
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Clematis 'Jackmanii'
Common Name: Clematis
4,5,6,7,8
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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.