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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Dragon's Eye'
Daylily, Dragons Eye Daylily
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No one's certain what a real dragon eye looks like, but this daylily's flower is a potential horticultural-based hypothesis. Four-inch-wide (10 cm) pink flowers with a rosy magenta-red eye stare up at you during its mid- to late flowering season (late spring to late midsummer). The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. E.H. Salter bred 'Dragons Eye', which was released in 1991. Precise start to the flowering season varies by climate, and this cultivar will rebloom several weeks after the first flowering cycle ends.
This hybrid daylily produces flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. All six petal-like tepals reflex and have ruffled edges. Just above the lime-green throat is a wide, arcing band of dark rose-red that creates the "dragon eye." The rest of the tepal is a pretty pink. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy deep green leaves that are semi-evergreen over the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning 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.
10 - 2
5 - 10
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Early Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall
Red, Pink, Fuchsia, Lime Green
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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