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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Great Red Dragon'
Daylily, Great Red Dragon Daylily
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Horticulturists describe the mainly bicolor flower of the Great Red Dragon daylily as spider-like and huge, since it measures up to 10-inches-wide (25 cm). The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid diploid ‘Great Red Dragon' produces flowers atop a tall stem called a scape. The six, very long, petal-like tepals undulate and curl slightly. Each tepal is a deep crimson that blushes to yellow and green at its 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 Great Red Dragon daylily was bred by James Gossard and introduced around 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 - 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"-41" / 45.7cm - 104.1cm
18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Crimson, Dark Red, Light Green
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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