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HEMEROCALLIS 'Hot Mexican'
Daylily, Hot Mexican Daylily
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Predominantly fiery orange-red, the Hot Mexican daylily's flowers approach the size of grapefruits. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In early to midsummer, the hybrid tetraploid ‘Hot Mexican’ produces flowers atop a naked, branching stem called a scape. The six reflexing, petal-like tepals are a blend of orange-red and the flower's throat is olive-green. These flowers open in the morning. They rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that remain semi-evergreen across the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster lasts no more than 24 hours before shriveling up. 'Hot Mexican' was bred by James Biaglow and introduced in 1999. Healthy plants will rebloom several weeks after the initial early summer display.
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
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
18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Orange, Yellow Green, Olive, Orange Red
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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