Imagine a daylily 84" tall. That's 7 feet! And imagine one that has
sturdy flower stems with brilliant yellow flowers and an intense sweet
fragrance. Well, imagine no more, because it exists. I'm describing
Hemerocallis thunbergii, a native of Japan, and an essential,
worthwhile addition to any perennial garden. As with most
Hemerocallis, this is quite the easy plant to grow. I grow it in full sun
and it makes a 24" -36" wide clump in just a couple of years.
Blooming over a long period of time, from June through August, the
flowers open around mid afternoon and stay open through the following
morning. In their native habitat, they are most likely pollinated
by night flying moths. Since I have no Japanese night flying moths here
in WV, I hand pollinate the flowers to insure a good seed set by taking
the pollen rich anthers of one flower and delicately dab them onto the
stigma of another. I try to cross pollinate one plant with another to
assure genetic diversity.
The seeds are sown outside so as to let Mother Nature do her thing.
They'll germinate the following Spring and we even get a flower or two
that first year. They'll all flower the following year. Clumps can be
divided very easily in the early Spring before growth commences.
Hemerocallis thunbergii has graced my gardens reliably since 1993
when my friend Nagao Matsubayashi sent me seeds that he collected on Mt
Ryoko in Japan.
I asked my daughter, Abbey Jo, who is just shy of 5 1/2 feet tall, to
stand next to a plant of Hemerocallis thunbergii that was planted
from a 2" pot a year ago. It's already over 6 feet tall and will
reach its full height potential next year.
As you most likely already know, Hemerocallis appreciate full sun and are
hardy virtually everywhere and this species is no exception.
I have a limited amount of 2-year-old plants growing in 2" pots that
I can bareroot and ship to you. Now is a good time to plant them as
they'll have plenty of time to establish themselves before
The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.
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