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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Little Gold Butterfly'
Daylily, Little Gold Butterfly Daylily
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Rich golden petals make the 4-inch-wide (10 cm) Little Gold Butterfly daylily flowers visually exciting yet cute. Depending on climate, it begins to bloom anytime from late mid-spring to very early summer and reblooms several weeks later. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Little Gold Butterfly' was bred by Elizabeth H. Salter and introduced in 1992.
This daylily produces its flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. Six golden petal-like tepals comprise each flower. Tepal edges are minutely rippled. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy deep green leaves that remain partially evergreen over the winter months, especially in mild climates. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels well 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.
10 - 2
4 - 10
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
15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm
16'-23' / 4.9m - 7.0m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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