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HEMEROCALLIS 'Spanish Dancer'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Spanish Dancer'

Mark A. Miller



Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Spanish Dancer'

Plant Common Name

Daylily, Spanish Dancer Daylily

Special Notice

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General Description

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.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage


  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Light Pink, Peach

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)


  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing