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Mark A. Miller
Commandment Daylily, Daylily
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With an interesting color - a blend of faint pink atop peach-orange, the flowers of the Commandment daylily stay open for an extended period before finally withering. They appear anytime from late mid-spring to early summer, depending on climate, and rebloom again several weeks later as fall approaches. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Commandment' was bred by Illinoisan Brother Charles Reckamp and introduced in 1968.
This hybrid tetraploid 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 pinkish-orange, petal-like tepals comprise each flower. The flower throat is light green. Each 6-inch-wide (16 cm) blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but withers once it's between 16- to 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"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Orange, Light Pink, Peach
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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