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Gerald L. Klingaman
HEMEROCALLIS 'Siloam Merle Kent'
Daylily, Siloam Merle Kent Daylily
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The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. Introduced in 1984 and bred by Pauline Henry, the Siloam Merle Kent daylily is a diploid hybrid that produces lavender-pink and purple flowers. It blooms anytime from late mid-spring to very early summer, depending on climate.
'Siloam Merle Kent' displays its 3.5-inch-wide (9 cm) flowers on branching naked stems called scapes. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back in winter. Six wavy-edge, orchid-pink, petal-like tepals comprise this daylily's flower. The throat is green and just above it is a band of purple-violet to create an "eye." Each blossom in the scape's bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels up once it's between 16- to 24-hours old.
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
3 - 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
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Purple, Light Pink, Light Green, Lavender, Violet
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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