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HEMEROCALLIS 'Ella Thomas Riggins'
Daylily, Ella Thomas Riggins Daylily
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About the size of baseballs, the lavender and green-yellow flowers of the Ella Thomas Riggins daylily greet the garden in late spring to early summer, depending on climate. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Ella Thomas Riggins' was bred by E.L. Cunningham and introduced in 1972.
This hybrid diploid produces flowers atop a rather short, 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 petal-like tepals comprise the flower that has a very broad greenish-yellow throat. The upper halves of the tepals are a pinkish lavender with tiny rippled edges. 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.
10 - 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
15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm
18'-24' / 5.5m - 7.3m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow Green, Light Pink, Lavender
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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