Hemerocallis Question

P. C. Andrews pcamusa@hotmail.com
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:08:56 PDT
A belated report on the large cluster of hemerocallis that had a few
recurved flower stalks last year here in Michigan.  No abnormal flower stalks this year
so it likely was herbicide runoff... or perhaps a response to the
drought last Spring?  

I think Judy is correct that this is probably H. lilio-asphodelis from an old
homestead.  It matches photos and the flowers have a very nice
fragrance.  It was a little odd to see most of the plants had large seed pods- I'm not used to seeing that with hemerocallis.

So how many  hemerocallis hybrids are fragrant?  A stroll through my neighborhood turned up over a dozen different forms but none had a significant scent.    

> Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 15:01:25 -0400
> From: jglatt@hughes.net
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [pbs] Hemerocallis Question
> Question also is - what hemerocallis is this? Given the combination of 
> old homestead + bright yellow, I would guess at H. lilio-asphodelis, aka 
> H. flava. RHS Dictionary of Plants describes it as "Scapes closely 
> branched above, weak, ascending, taller than foliage . . ." Which 
> suggests that a goodly number of flower buds might produce the nodding 
> effect. This is a charming species with fragrant flowers. I collected 
> mine years ago from an abandoned homestead along Rte 7 in Connecticut. 
> The case of poison ivy was an acceptable "cost" as I like the species. 
> Two early ones, H. middendorffii and H. dumortieri are now in bud.
> Judy in well watered New Jersey where we received 4 inches of rain 
> between May 1 - 7
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