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Scientific Name: Hemerocallis species

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Hemerocallis species
Hemerocallis species


  • Perennial
  • The Daylily is native to Eurasia, including China, Korea and Japan.
  • The name 'daylily' derives from the flowers which only last for one day.
  • They open in early morning, wither during the following night - and are replaced by a new flower on the same flower stalk the next day.
  • Daylilies grow as a clump and have thickened roots in which they store food and water over winter.
  • It has long, arching, grassy leaves that are grouped into opposite fans.
  • The 'Hush Little Baby' Daylily will grow into a low mound of 47cm high.
  • Daylilies need full sun to partial shade and are not particular as to soil type or pH.
  • They can be propagated by sowing seeds in summer or by planting the small leafy "proliferations" that form at nodes or in bracts along the flower stalks - they will root.
  • Daylilies die down in winter and the dead leaves should be left on the ground to ensure effective cover for the root clump.
  • In late autumn or winter, overgrown clumps can also be dug up and carefully divided.
  • Early spring they need to be tidied and cleaned up before they start to grow for the new season.
  • Daylilies will attract butterflies and bees to the garden.
  • They are low maintenance perennials that can be planted as weed-excluding ground covers.
  • Daylilies will survive harsh conditions that other plants cannot, like under and around trees, polluted city environments, slopes and poor or dry soils.

Culinary Uses

  • The daylily plant is edible and is considered as a delicacy by wild food gardeners and knowledgeable chefs.
  • The flowers (with the pistil and stamens removed), can be eaten at any stage - from the green bud up to when they begin to wither.
  • The petals of fully open flowers are thick, crisp and juicy with a delicate sweetness at their base due to the nectar they contain.
  • Daylily flowers taste like butter lettuce.
  • It can be eaten raw, added to salads or used to garnish plates and platters.
  • Flowers can be dipped in batter and fried, stuffed with a filling or it can be used as a container for spreads or sour cream.
  • Cooked flower buds taste like green beans.
  • In Asian cooking newly wilted flowers are dried and used as a vegetable and thickening agent - remember to check for bees that might be trapped inside.
  • Buds that are just about to open can be sautéed in a mixture of olive oil and butter, and then seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Very young shoots can be harvested in early spring - they taste like creamed onions when simmered in butter.
  • They are also excellent raw, in salads, with a dip, or in a stir-fry.
  • The thick, fleshy, sausage-shaped roots (harvested in winter), are crisp and have a nutty flavor.
  • They can be eaten raw, added to salads, soups and stews, be cooked, stir-fried or creamed and served as a side dish in place of potatoes.

Parts Used

  • The young shoots, flower buds, flowers and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • When fully opened, the flowers petals are at their most nutritious, containing reasonable quantities oils, protein (mainly from their pollen), carbohydrates (from the nectar) as well as iron.
  • Daylily flower buds are good sources of beta carotene and vitamin C.
  • The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning and the roots also have a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer.
  • In China, the roots are used as a mild diuretic and laxative.
  • Caution:
  • Some people might have allergic reactions to unusual compounds in plants.
  • If you are trying them for the first time, start with a nibble and wait an hour before trying more.
  • If it tastes bitter, too spicy, weird or unpalatable, don't swallow it and spit out.
  • Personally, I found that, if eating the raw petals of more than two daylily flowers, it gets too spicy - only consume small amounts.
  • Never eat landscape plants that might be sprayed with pesticides or plants growing near a busy roadway.
  • Do not confuse daylilies with true lilies which are not edible.

Other Uses

  • Daylilies are good cut flowers because new flowers will continue to open on cut stems over several days.
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