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HEMEROCALLIS 'Dolly Varden'
Daylily, Dolly Varden Daylily
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Subtle in its beauty, with bicolored striped petals, the Dolly Varden daylily yields orange and yellow flowers in very early summer. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid diploid 'Dolly Varden' is a heirloom variety that was bred by Elizabeth Nesmith and released in 1939.
This old-fashioned daylily produces its flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The six petal-like, poiny tepals are light orange, and the three central tepals have darker red-orange veins and blushing. The flower throat is a contrasting yellow. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back over the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels up well before reaching 24-hours old. 'Dolly Varden' will rebloom several weeks after the first flowering display ends.
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
20"-45" / 50.8cm - 114.3cm
20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Orange, Peach
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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