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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Eye of Vesuvius'
Daylily, Eye of Vesuvius Daylily
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Deep coral-red blossoms with a dark red and yellow-green eye are the hallmark of the Eye of Vesuvius daylily. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In early summer, the hybrid tetraploid ‘Eye of Vesuvius’ produces flowers atop a tall stem called a scape. The six ruffled-edge, reflexing, petal-like tepals are red with a hint of underlying coral hues. Just prior to the central yellow-green throat, each tepal blushes very dark red. The tennis ball-size flowers open during the day and rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die away with fall frosts. Each blossom in the bud cluster lasts no more than 24 hours before shriveling up. 'Eye of Vesuvius' was bred by Gerald Bushong and introduced in 2009.
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, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-34" / 45.7cm - 86.4cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Red, Yellow Green, Coral, Dark Red
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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