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Hemerocallis 'Monterrey Jack'

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

We’ve been working for years to build up enough stock of this distinctive daylily.  It easily stood out to all who passed by in our trials because it is one of those flowers that looks so perfect you have to touch it to see if it’s real. 

There’s certainly nothing “cheesy” about this daylily, though the light yellow flower color may remind you of Monterrey Jack cheese.  A well-defined, raspberry red eye and lighter midribs really stand out on the glimmering diamond dusted flowers.  Their broad, rounded petals open wide and flat to 5 1/2" across, making them appear even larger.  Each exquisitely ruffled flower is of perfect form and they are displayed nicely on the candelabra-branched scapes. 

This daylily is a strong grower that blooms early in the daylily season, so it will be in bloom when you are shopping for summer color at the garden center.

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: Trimmer

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
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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?:
  Early summer
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
Easy to grow

Awards:

  American Hemerocallis Society Honorable Mention (AHS first stamp of approval) 2001

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  
Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'
Common Name: Stokes' Aster
5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8
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Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PP25778
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' PP24689
Common Name: Tickseed
5,6,7,8,9
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Gypsophila SUMMER SPARKLES® ('ESM Chispa' PP19318)
Common Name: Baby's Breath
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.