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HEMEROCALLIS 'Sunset Returns'
Daylily, Sunset Returns Daylily
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Bright and warm, the tannish-yellow flowers of the Sunset Returns daylily will certainly conjure images of golden clouds on the horizon just after sunset. This extra-early blooming cultivar blooms in early to late spring, depending on climate, and will rebloom a couple months later. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid diploid 'Sunset Returns' was bred by Darrel Apps and introduced in 2000.
This daylily produces nearly 4-inch-wide (9 cm) flowers atop a branching naked stem called a scape. The scapes rise from clumps of robust, strap-like, green leaves that die back in winter. Each petal-like tepal has wavy edges and is a warm light yellow with hints of light tan. The flower's throat is yellow to green. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning, remains open for at least 16 hours but shrivels up before reaching 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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
17"-23" / 43.2cm - 58.4cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Light Yellow, Tan
Green, Light Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Foundation, Mixed Border
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