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Hemerocallis 'El Desperado'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Daylily
  • 5", light mustard to butter yellow flowers with a striking wine purple eye and matching picotee edge half way up the petals
  • Eye is notched at the midrib, creating an interesting central pattern
  • Yellow-green throat; crimped flower petals
  • Blooms in late summer
  • Extended bloom--flowers last at least 16 hrs. each
  • Tetraploid
  • Awards: JC '92, HM '97, AM '00, DSA '01, SSM (runner up) '02, Popularity Poll

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: Stamile

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  28 Inches
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
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
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Awards:

  American Hemerocallis Society Junior Citation (Best new seedling) 1992
  American Hemerocallis Society Honorable Mention (AHS first stamp of approval) 1997
  American Hemerocallis Society Award of Merit (Outstanding beauty and performance over a wide area of the country) 2000
  American Hemerocallis Society Don C. Stevens Award (Best eyed cultivar) 2001
  American Hemerocallis Society President's Cup Award 2000

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  
Alchemilla mollis
Common Name: Lady's Mantle
3,4,5,6,7
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Delphinium 'Pink Punch'
Common Name: Delphinium-Hybrid Bee
3,4,5,6,7
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Whoops-a-Daisy' PPAF
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry'
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Campanula glomerata 'Genti Blue'
Common Name: Bellflower-Clustered
5,6,7,8
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Sedum ROCK 'N GROW® 'Maestro' PP20094
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Cerise' PPAF CPBRAF
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.