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Mark A. Miller
HEMEROCALLIS 'The Goldilocks Effect'
Daylily, The Goldilocks Effect Daylily
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Very wide opening, the peach-kissed gold flowers of a The Goldilocks Effect daylily are ruffled and the size of large grapefruits. The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and floral beauty. The hybrid tetraploid ‘The Goldilocks Effect' blooms in clusters atop a tall naked stem called a scape. The six petal-like tepals are variable shades of gold (including peach and pale yellow-orange). Three tepals are smooth-edged, but the three larger central tepals have ornate ruffles. Flower scapes rise from clumps of strappy green leaves that remain semi-evergreen over the winter. Each blossom in the bud cluster opens in the morning and lasts no more than 24 hours before fading to all gold and then shriveling up.
The Goldilocks Effect daylily was bred by Curt Hanson and introduced in 2005. In 2009 it received an honorable mention nod in the quest to receive the American Horticultural Society's prestigious annual Stout Silver Medal.
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
5 - 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
18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
20"-25" / 50.8cm - 63.5cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Orange, Gold, Peach
Green, Light Green
Container, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border
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