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Daylily, Gemini Daylily
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As large as a grapefruit, the pale salmon or peach flowers of the Gemini daylily bloom in early to midsummer. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Gemini’ produces flowers atop a tall stem called a scape. The petal-like tepals include three larger center ones with a deeper pale-salmon color and three outer, narrower ones that are peach. Hints of pale pink may blush anywhere on the flower. These flowers open in the morning and close by dusk. They rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that remain semi-evergreen across winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster lasts no more than 24 hours before shriveling up. 'Gemini' was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 1979. This variety is known to rebloom several weeks after the first flower display ends.
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
5 - 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
16"-26" / 40.6cm - 66.0cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Light Pink, Salmon, Peach
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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