Daylilies originated in China and gained significance in the US around 1929 through the work of Dr. A.B. Stout. Since that time, there has been an explosion in experimentation regarding form, color, hardiness, and longer bloom season. Today, there are more than 50,000 varieties registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.
Daylilies are the perfect perennial flowers. They thrive on neglect, and with a little planning, they reward the gardener with a generous season of bloom.
"Hemerocallis" means "beauty for a day." Although each individual bloom lasts but a single day, a mature plant will have multiple scapes (flower stalks) with 10 to 35 blooms per scape, providing an exceptionally long season of bloom for a perennial.
It is the mainstay of the perennial mixed border, a trouble free plant for landscapers, and a delightful hobby plant for collectors and amateur hybridizers.
The daylily's toughness, adaptability, hardiness, and ease of upkeep are overshadowed only by its beauty.