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Hemerocallis 'Desert Flame'

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

Set your benches and gardens ablaze with the large 5 ½”, flaming red-orange blossoms of this reblooming daylily.  Its color is so vibrant, you’ll need sunglasses to even look at it! Daylily expert Arthur Kroll calls ‘Desert Flame’ “the most beautiful in its color class, a terrific daylily”, and we completely agree!

It is an excellent garden performer too, producing its beautifully ruffled, recurved flowers of excellent substance with a lime green throat and orange stamens first in midseason and then again later in fall. This is a taller daylily with very strong, well-budded and branched scapes and foliage that stays nice looking all season long.

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: Santa Lucia

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  36 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
  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
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.

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  
Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'
Common Name: Blanket Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun' PP18763
Common Name: False Sunflower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Buddleia 'Dark Dynasty' PPAF
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8
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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.