Hemerocallis 'Shaka Zulu'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
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.
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
Origin: Not Native to North America
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
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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.
Daylilies were eaten as food in China and Japan.