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HEMEROCALLIS 'Sam Abell'
Daylily, Sam Abell Daylily
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Exceptionally ornate because of the dark-colored bands and edges, the Sam Abell daylily's flower celebrates the marriage of ivory-yellow with burgundy-violet. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In late spring to early summer (depending on climate), the hybrid tetraploid ‘Sam Abell' produces 6-inch-wide (16 cm) flowers atop a naked stem called a scape. The six oval, petal-like tepals are palest cream-yellow with tiny ruffles on their edges. Just inside the ruffles is a wide band of burgundy-violet, and this same deep pigmentation forms a wide crescent farther down.
The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die away by wintertime. Each huge grapefruit-size blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels up before it's 24-hours old. 'Sam Abell' was bred by Richard Norris and introduced in 2010. This variety will rebloom several weeks after the first display ends if deadheaded and plants remain healthy.
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"-34" / 45.7cm - 86.4cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Purple, Light Yellow, Burgundy, Violet, Ivory
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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