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Daylily, Greta Daylily
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Predominantly orange with hints of deep gold, the Greta daylily's flowers can measure up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In early to midsummer, the hybrid diploid ‘Greta’ produces flowers atop a tall stem called a scape. The six reflexing, petal-like tepals are golden orange. These flowers open in the morning. They 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. 'Greta' was bred by W.H. Krekler and introduced in 1976.
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, 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
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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