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HEMEROCALLIS 'Mount Helena'
Daylily, Mount Helena Daylily
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Extra petals fill the centers of Mount Helena daylily blossoms in late mid-spring to very early summer, depending on climate. The bicolor flowers feature creamy yellow and red-violet. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. 'Mount Helena' was released in 1985 and bred by A.O. Grooms.
This hybrid daylily produces flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The petal-like tepals are yellow that blush red-violet to create an eye zone in the flower's center. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy deep green leaves that die back each winter. Each blossom - measuring just over 5 inches (14 cm) in diameter - opens in the morning but will shrivel up 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.
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
15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm
17"-22" / 43.2cm - 55.9cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow, Light Yellow, Dark Red, Violet
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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