Hemerocallis Question

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 07:01:31 PDT
If you are searching the older literature (for pedigrees, breeding trends
and so on) keep in mind that what we now call Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus
was until recently generally called H. flava. It had the vernacular name
'custard lily' in many areas and those who know it still prize it highly for
its fragrance. 

Both Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus and H. flava are Linnaean names, although
more than a century before Linnaeus the name Liliasphodelus (spelled that
way) was used by Parkinson in his Paradisus for what we now know as
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus.

I'm not a daylily person, although I do grow a few species. I note that
several older sources mention that the flowers of Hemerocallis
lilioasphodelus last for several days in good condition. 

I know a place north of here where Hemerocallis fulva (fulva this time, not
flava) covers several acres of ground, evidently to the exclusion of
everything else. When they bloom, the entire place turns tawny orange - it
always makes me think of the western deserts in bloom with California
poppies, although the color is different.  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where seven and eight foot tall lilies are literally peaking now. 
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