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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Flying Trapeze'
Daylily, Flying Trapeze Daylily
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A blend of orange and coral-salmon hues dominates the unusual flower form of the Flying Trapeze daylily. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Flying Trapeze' produces over 6-inch-wide (17 cm) flowers atop a tall stem called a scape. The six petal-like tepals are wavy-edged and crispate (an unusual pinched look). Each tepal is a reddish salmon-orange at its tip and then modifies to softer coral-orange and yellow in the middle before becoming green at the base. Flower scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back once fall frosts return. Each blossom in the bud cluster lasts no more than 24 hours before shriveling up. The main flowering season is in early summer, but reblooming occurs several weeks after the first display ends.
The Flying Trapeze daylily was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 2005. The American Hemerocallis Society gave it an award of merit, and in 2009 it received an honorable mention nod in the quest to receive the AHS's prestigious Stout Silver Medal.
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 - 8
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"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Salmon, Coral
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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