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HEMEROCALLIS 'Dragon's Eye'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Dragon's Eye'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Dragon's Eye'

Plant Common Name

Daylily, Dragons Eye Daylily

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • 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"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Early Fall

  • 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, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink, Fuchsia, Lime Green

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light 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