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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Ethel Barfield Smith'
Daylily, Ethel Barfield Smith Daylily
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Here's a daylily that keeps its flowers open overnight. Measuring about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, the Ethel Barfield Smith daylily flowers appear in mid-spring to early summer, depending on climate. It then reblooms several weeks later. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Ethel Barfield Smith' was bred by M. Hayward and introduced in 1975.
This hybrid diploid produces fragrant 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 petal-like tepals comprise the light yellow-peach flower. Just above the golden-greet throat is an arching band of rose-pink that creates an "eye." Each ripple-edge blossom in the bud cluster opens in the late afternoon, stays open overnight, but shrivels up before reaching 24-hours old the next midday.
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
18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall
Light Yellow, Rose, Peach
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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