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Liliaceae / Lily
Daylily (Hemerocallis )
Daylily is also known as Orange Daylily (H. fulva) and Yellow Daylily (H. lilioasphodelus).

Plant Type: This is a non-native herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 120cm in height (48inches).
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves can reach 90cm in length (36inches). Each slender leaf is entire.
Flowers: The flowers have 6 Regular Parts and are up to 9cm wide (3.5 inches). They are orange or yellow sometimes orange and yellow. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into mid summer.
Habitat: Fields, fencerows, gardens and open woods.
Range: Most of eastern North America.

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Daylilies are an introduced hybrid from Eurasia that seems not to produce viable seed. Since it spreads only vegetatively, and slowly at that, it is more or less benign as an invasive plant. It has escaped from flower gardens throughout our area an often serves to mark the site of an old home long since decayed. Other varieties of Daylily are escaping cultivation even now. As the name suggest each flower opens for only one day

The flowers and unopened buds may be eaten as may the roots and young shoots and any number of recipes are available (see: Stalking the Wild Asparagus). Personally I like the buds gathered a day or so before they are to open and sautéed lightly in oil. To me they taste just a little bit better than the very best fresh green beans.



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Yellow Daylily (H. Lilioasphodelus)


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More Info:  
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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass
Liliidae
Lily
|Order
Liliales
Lily
|Family
Liliaceae
Lily
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Hemerocallis

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