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More About Day Lilies

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Hemerocallis is the genus for day lilies and that name combines two Greek words – hemera meaning “day” since an individual flower lives for only one day and kallos which means beauty. Although the flowers do open in the morning and die in the evening, the flowering stalk, called the scape, can have many buds and a healthy plant can have numerous scapes – giving you fresh flowers each and every morning for weeks and weeks. Day lilies comes in early, mid-season, and late flowering varieties so you can have areas of calm pastel or riotous color in your garden from early spring through October. The main flowering season is June and many people like to shop for day lilies right now so they can see what they are getting. Day lilies are among the most popular pass-along plants as they need to be divided every couple of years for healthy foliage and the optimum number of blossoms.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.