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HEMEROCALLIS 'Perfect Ten'
Daylily, Pefect Ten Daylily
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The Perfect Ten daylily's grapefruit-size flowers are golden lemon-yellow with seemingly perfect ruffles. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In mid-spring to very early summer (depending on local climate), the hybrid tetraploid ‘Perfect Ten' produces flowers atop a naked stem called a scape. The six petal-like tepals are round and ruffled on their edges. They arise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back by winter. Each very fragrant blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning, continues for at least 16 hours but then shrivels up by the time it's 24-hours old. 'Perfect Ten' was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 1996. This variety will rebloom several weeks later if enjoying good growing conditions.
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
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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