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HEMEROCALLIS 'Red Squirrel'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Red Squirrel'

Karen Ciula, www.columbusdaylilies.org

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Red Squirrel'

Plant Common Name

Daylily, Red Squirrel Daylily

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Gold, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No