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Day Lily

Day Lily
Hemerocallis fulva
(Order:  Liliales, Family: Liliaceae)

Description:  The flower is broadly bell-shaped to funnel-like, up to 4 inches across, orange with yellowish center; perianth segments 6; lobes 5.4 to 4.0 inches long, spreading or somewhat curved back; tube to 1.6 inch long; stamens 6; anthers turned inward; stigma small, style exceeding anthers.  It is a false umbel, raceme, or corymb-like flower shape, irregular, and several flowered.  The ovary is superior, 3-locular, with numerous ovules. It has a fleshy, stoloniferous, rootstock.  The leaves are basal, linear, 1.0-3.0 cm wide, and 30-60 cm long.  Also, the leaves are glabrous or smooth, tip pointed, and narrow.  It stands 91-152 cm (3.0-5.0 ft) tall.

Flowering Period:  May, June, July, and August

Habitat and Distribution:  The Day Lily is commonly found on roadsides, stream banks, edges of woods, pastures, abandoned farm sites.  It is distributed principally in the East 1/2 of Kansas.

Etymology:  Hemerocallis is from the Greek words meaning "beautiful" and "day". The flowers only open for a short time giving it the common name "daylily".  "Fulva" means "orange-yellow" in Latin.

Conservation Status:  Not threatened.

Native Status:  It is an introduced species from Eurasia/Asia and is considered an invasive species in Kansas.

Human Uses: Video of the edible parts of the Day Lily: 


Great Plains Flora Association 1986. Flora of the Great Plains by Ted Barkley. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.  Pp 1251.


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Distribution Map of the Day Lily:

Hemerocallis fulva in the field by:  Casey Cantrell, June 2011

Submitted by:  Casey Cantrell, July 2011

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