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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Milk Chocolate'
Daylily, Milk Chocolate Daylily
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Yoy may think the Milk Chocolate daylily's flowers are dirty or drying out because of the strange brown colors. Depending on climate, it begins blooming in late mid-spring to midsummer. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Milk Chocolate' was bred and introduced in the 1960s.
This hybrid produces 5-inch-wide (12 cm) flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back each winter. Six petal-like tepals comprise a flower, which has a noticeably golden throat. Tepals are sandy brown with a light orange undertone. Just outside the throat are dark blush of dark brown-burgundy. Each blossom opens in the morning but shrivels up 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.
9 - 2
3 - 9
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"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Orange, Gold, Sandy Brown
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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