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Mark A. Miller
Daylily, Megatron Daylily
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It makes total sense if you exclaim "heavens to megatron!" when you spy the bicolor, dinner-plate-size flowers of the Megatron daylily. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In very early summer, the hybrid tetraploid ‘Megatron’ produces 10- to 11-inch (25 to 28 cm) flowers atop a naked, branching stem called a scape. The six long, petal-like tepals are bright to deep red. The flower throat is a warm yellow and looks like a six-pointed starburst. These flowers open in the morning. They arise from clumps of strappy green leaves that fully die back by winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster closes and shrivels up by the time they're 24-hours old. 'Megatron' was bred by James Gossard and introduced in 2006. Healthy plants will rebloom several weeks later.
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"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Red, Crimson
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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