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Daylily, Phaedra Daylily
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Anticipate 6-inch-wide (15 cm), perfumed flowers of pastel pinkish cream on the Phaedra daylily. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In late spring to very early summer (depending on local climate), the hybrid tetraploid ‘Phaedra' produces flowers atop a naked stem called a scape. The six petal-like tepals are palest yellow with blatant pale pink blush. Tepal edges are pleasantly ruffled, too. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that dies away by wintertime. Each fragrant blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning - staying open for at least 16 hours - but shrivels up by the time it's 24-hours old. 'Phaedra' was bred by Steve Moldovan and introduced in 1982. This cultivar will rebloom several weeks later if given 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"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Light Yellow, Light Pink
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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