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HEMEROCALLIS 'Captain Russell'
Captain Russell Daylily, Daylily
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The Captain Russell daylily's flowers are a subtle combination of light yellow and two shades of lavender. They appear anytime from late mid-spring to early summer, depending on climate. This cultivar will rebloom several weeks later in very late summer, too. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Captain Russell' was bred by Texan Hugh Russell and introduced in 1956.
This hybrid diploid produces flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back in fall and winter's cold. Six petal-like tepals comprise each flower. Three have a deeper violet-lavender smear on them, with the rest of the flower being pinkish lavender or more faintly pale yellow. The flower throat is deeper yellow. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but withers before reaching 24-hours old.
Daylilies are clump-forming and spread slowly via rhizomes. The blooms are commonly held in branched clusters on long leafless stems that stand above the foliage. All daylilies are easy to grow if provided full to partial sun and average soil with 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 where winters are harsh and cold. Their clumps spread over time and may need to be divided every three to four years. After plants bloom, it is wise to shear back their foliage to allow for a fresh flush of growth.
Enjoy this tried-and-true herbaceous ornamental in mixed beds and borders, containers and large mass plantings.
10 - 2
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
20'-28' / 6.1m - 8.5m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Yellow, Light Yellow, Light Pink, Lavender
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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