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HEMEROCALLIS 'Red Squirrel'
Daylily, Red Squirrel Daylily
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Anticipate baseball-size, red-orange flowers with gold undertones on the Red Squirrel daylily. 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 diploid ‘Red Squirrel' produces flowers atop a naked stem called a scape. The six narrow, petal-like tepals are reddish orange with irregularly wavy edges. The flower's throat is golden yellow. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that remain partially evergreen over the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the afternoon and stays open overnight, shriveling up by before it's 24-hours old the next day. 'Red Squirrel' was bred by J.R. Blanton and introduced in 2005. 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.
10 - 2
4 - 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
15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Orange, Gold, Orange Red
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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