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HEMEROCALLIS 'Sunset Returns'

Image of Hemerocallis 'Sunset Returns'

Jessie Keith



Botanical Name

HEMEROCALLIS 'Sunset Returns'

Plant Common Name

Daylily, Sunset Returns Daylily

Special Notice

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General Description

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.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 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

    17"-23" / 43.2cm - 58.4cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, 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, Tan

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)


  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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