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HEMEROCALLIS 'King of Swing'
Daylily, King of Swing Daylily
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With a crepe-papery texture and ruffled edges, the fragrant blossoms on the King of Swing daylily are a casual blend of yellow and gold. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In very early summer, the hybrid tetraploid ‘King of Swing’ produces grapefruit-size flowers atop a naked, branching stem called a scape. The six round, petal-like tepals have ruffled edges and are gold in their centers but more clear yellow at the edges. These flowers open in the morning and don't close for at least 16 hours. They arise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back once fall frosts and freezes return. Each blossom in the bud cluster closes and shrivels up by the time they're 24-hours old. 'King of Swing' was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 1996.
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
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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