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Hemerocallis 'Shaka Zulu'

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

 Named for one of the strongest leaders of the Zulu Kingdom in Africa, this robust daylily produces very large 6-7", striking blossoms atop very sturdy, branched and heavily budded scapes.  The flowers appear well above the foliage in midsummer and then again later in the season. 

Rich deep reddish purple flowers have a pale watermark above the showy lemon yellow throat and have a contrasting wiry, white edge surrounding the pie crust ruffled petals.  The broad, slightly pointed petals create a triangular flower form. 

This taller daylily is great for punctuating the middle to rear of the border where its unique blossoms are sure to be noticed.  It is an extended bloomer, so each flower will remain open for at least 16 hours.

Semi-evergreen tetraploid.

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: 2012

Breeder: Moldovan

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  28 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
  Purple-red 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) 1999

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.

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


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Echinacea 'Passion Flute' PPAF
Common Name: Coneflower
4,5,6,7,8
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Echinacea purpurea 'Green Jewel' PP18678 CPBR3985
Common Name: Coneflower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Monarda 'Jacob Cline'
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8
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Phlox paniculata FLAME™ Series Purple ('Barfourteen' PP12605 CPBR1095)
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'
Common Name: Stokes' Aster
5,6,7,8,9
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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.