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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Raspberry Sickle'
Daylily, Raspberry Sickle Daylily
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The colors of the Raspberry Sickle daylily's flower are akin to a bowl of buttercream frosting and raspberry jam. This cultivar blooms in late mid-spring to very early summer, depending on climate. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid 'Raspberry Sickle' was bred by James Gossard and introduced in 2004.
This daylily produces just over 7-inch-wide (19 cm) flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The scapes rise from clumps of strap-like green leaves that die away in winter. Three of the six, light creamy yellow, petal-like tepals have ruffled edges that are deep rose-magenta (or "raspberry red"). Just above the flower's green throat is a wide band of deep rose-magenta that creates an "eye." Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels up before reaching 16-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.
10 - 2
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-35" / 45.7cm - 88.9cm
18'-24' / 5.5m - 7.3m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Light Yellow, Magenta, Rose, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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