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HEMEROCALLIS 'Gertrude Demarest'

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Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Gertrude Demarest'

Plant Common Name

Daylily, Gertrude Daylily

Special Notice

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General Description

Long-lasting, very fragrant, light melon-colored flowers occur on the Gertrude Demarest daylily, but each doesn't last more that one day. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. Breeder Carpenter-Glidden developed the hybrid diploid 'Gertrude Demarest' and introduced it in 1984. Depending on climate, it starts flowering anytime from late mid-spring to midsummer. It will rebloom several weeks later, too.

'Gertrude Demarest' produces its flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The petal-like tepals are a blend of light pink and light yellow tones. The throat is stronger yellow. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that remain evergreen across the winter. Each 5-inch-wide (14 cm) blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning, stays open for at least 16 hours 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.

Do not confuse the light melon-colored 'Gertrude Demarest' cultivar with the similarly named 'True Gertrude Demarest'. The latter's blossoms are non-fragrant, larger sized and with ivory-pink tepals (and bred by W. Spalding and introduced in 1986).


  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    17"-22" / 43.2cm - 55.9cm

  • Width

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage


  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Orange, Light Yellow, Gold, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)


  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Attracts


  • Self-Sowing