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HEMEROCALLIS 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin'

Plant Common Name

Cherry Eyed Pumpkin Daylily, Daylily

Special Notice

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General Description

Among the first daylilies to start flowering in the landscape - in early spring in warmest climates - the Cherry Eyed Pumpkin daylily yields warm-toned flowers that remain open for an extended period. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. David Kirchhoff bred 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin', which was released in 1991. This early-flowering cultivar will also rebloom several weeks later.

This hybrid tetraploid daylily produces nearly 6-inch-wide (14 cm) flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The petal-like tepals are medium orange and have wavy or ruffled edges. Just above the gold throat is a smeared band of red or orange-red that creates an "eye." The scapes rise from clumps of strappy deep green leaves that remain semi-evergreen across the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning, stays open for at least 16 hours and then shrivels up 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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • 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

    18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Gold, Orange Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No