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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Christmas Ribbon'
Christmas Ribbon Daylily, Daylily
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Although named 'Christmas Ribbon', this early-blooming daylily's flower is perhaps best visualized as being the crowning star at the top of the Christmas tree! The blooms measure just under 9-inches (21 cm) wide. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Christmas Ribbon' produces its flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. Patrick Stamile bred this cultivar and introduced it in 1991.
The flowering season, depending on climate, is anytime from early spring to very late spring. Long, tongue-shaped, petal-like tepals are somewhat floppy or slightly curled. The tepal bases are bright yellow to gold, while the rest of their length is a vibrant crimson-red. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy deep green leaves that die away in the winter months. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but 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.
9 - 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"-34" / 45.7cm - 86.4cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Red, Crimson
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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