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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'Spanish Dancer'
Daylily, Spanish Dancer Daylily
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Hints of faint pink and pale gold-yellow are cast over tones of peach and apricot on the Spanish Dancer daylily's large blossoms. This cultivar blooms in late mid-spring to very early summer, depending on climate, and reblooms several weeks later. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid 'Southern Summer' was bred by Charles Reckamp introduced in 1969.
This daylily produces fragrant flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that die back by winter. Each petal-like tepal in the flower is apricot yellow with hints of pale orchid-pink or peach. The wavy tepal edges are slightly more golden yellow. Each grapefruit-size blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning but shrivels up before it's 16-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.
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"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Light Yellow, Light Pink, Peach
Green, Dark Green
Yellow, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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