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Daylily, Mariska Daylily
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A tiny quilted texture, wavy edges and a very feminine pink color encapsulates the Mariska daylily's blossoms. The huge grapefruit-size flowers occur in very early summer. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Mariska' flowers in clusters atop a tall stem called a scape. The six oval, reflexing, petal-like tepals are bumblegum pink. The flower throat is bright yellow and green. Flower scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back in the winter cold. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning and stays open for at least 16 hours, but shrivels up once 24-hours old. This variety will rebloom several weeks after the initial flowering display ends.
The Mariska daylily was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 1984. The American Hemerocallis Society in 1989 gave it an honorable mention nod in the quest to receive the AHS's prestigious Stout Silver Medal. Lastly, in 1992 it was lauded with an Award of Merit.
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
18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Pink, Light Pink
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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