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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Satanic Majesty'
Daylily, Satanic Majesty Daylily
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Perhaps looking a bit diabolical with a dark red-violet blossom, there's really nothing condemning about the Satanic Majesty daylily. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘Satanic Majesty' flowers in clusters atop a naked stem called a scape. The six oval, petal-like tepals are a dark red-violet (perhaps with hints of purple) and have tiny-ruffle edges. The flower's throat is a contrasting bold green-yellow. Flower scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die away before winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning and lasts no more than 24 hours before shriveling up.
The Satanic Majesty daylily was bred by Curt Hanson and introduced in 1994. In 2001 it received an honorable mention nod in the quest to receive the American Horticultural Society's prestigious annual Stout Silver Medal.
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 - 8
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
16"-25" / 40.6cm - 63.5cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Yellow Green, Dark Red, Violet
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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