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Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

The orange daylily bears a succession of striking orange-red flowers on long stems, but each flower lasts only one day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening.

Hemerocallis fulva

Species information

Scientific name: 

Hemerocallis fulva (L.) L.

Common name: 

orange daylily

Conservation status: 

Not Evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Forests, thickets, grasslands and stream-sides.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, culinary, medicinal.

Known hazards: 

Rhizomes and foliage are poisonous to livestock and pets.


Genus: Hemerocallis

About this species

The species and numerous hybrids of daylilies have striking flowers, the latter in a great variety of colours (the species with only yellow and orange), and are mostly hardy in Britain. They are valuable plants for the herbaceous border.

Despite its Asian origins, Hemerocallis fulva, with orange flowers, has been cultivated in British gardens for centuries. The English herbalist John Gerard wrote in his Herball (1597), ‘These lilies do grow in my garden, as also in the gardens of Herbarists, and lovers of fine and rare plants; but not wild in England as in other countries.’ The artist Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-1682), a friend of the great gardener John Tradescant the Younger, produced an accurate painting of the ‘The day lillie’. The London apothecary John Parkinson, described the species as ‘the gold-red Day lily’, in his book Paradisus in Sole (1629). Hemerocallis fulva was given its present scientific name by Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist and father of modern taxonomy (1707-1778), in 1762.


Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus var. fulva


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