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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Shu Ching'
Daylily, Shu Ching Daylily
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Not an exceptionally large-growing plant, Shu Ching daylily grabs your attention with its fragrant lavender-rose and gold flowers after the warm spring growing season. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. In very early summer, the hybrid tetraploid ‘Shu Ching' produces flowers atop a naked stem called a scape. The six petal-like tepals have wavy edges and are a creamy orchid-rose. The flower's broad throat becomes yellowish gold. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die away by wintertime. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the afternoon - stays open overnight - but shrivels up before it's 24-hours old the following midday. 'Shu Ching' was bred by Willard H. Barrere and introduced in 1973.
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
4 - 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
15"-21" / 38.1cm - 53.3cm
16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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