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HEMEROCALLIS 'Always Afternoon'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Always Afternoon'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Always Afternoon'

Plant Common Name

Always Afternoon Daylily, Daylily

General Description

Beautiful dusty-rose blooms with purple eyezones and yellowish green throats grace Hemerocallis ‘Always Afternoon.’ Each triangular to circular flower has wavy edges and stays open for an extended time. Blooming typically occurs in early summer and reblooming may occur later in the season with good care. The plants form neat, spreading clumps of bright green, semi-evergreen, strap-like leaves. This is an ideal cultivar for more southerly gardens.

Daylilies are liliaceous herbaceous perennials greatly loved by gardeners, breeders and growers alike, which explains why there are approximately 60,000 registered cultivated varieties in existence. They can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous, and most are clump-forming with long, green, strap-like leaves that arch gracefully. The clumps and the leaves vary considerably in size depending on the variant.

Daylilies are easy to grow if provided full to partial sun and average soil with moderate to good drainage. Deciduous daylilies are the hardiest and survive in the coldest reaches of their range; however they may struggle in areas with mild winters. Evergreen types grow well in all but the most tropical regions but require protection when temperatures drop well below freezing. Daylily clumps slowly spread over time and need to be divided every two to three years. Enjoy these tried and true ornamentals in mixed beds and borders and large mass plantings. Smaller cultivars work well in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Yellow Green, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No