• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage to 1 1/2 ft. tall, flower stalks taller.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hem-er-o-KAL-is
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage to 1 1/2 ft. tall, flower stalks taller.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Pink
    Design IdeasThis miniature Daylily is a carefree perennial that fits into almost any garden, no matter how small. Spot into perennial borders as individuals or small clusters. Mass into a sea of color that functions much like groundcover. These little fellows are great in containers, pots or troughs and window boxes. With its strap-leafed form and flowers on long wand-like stems, Daylily offers dramatic relief between dwarf shrubs.
    Companion PlantsA beautiful plant to take the place of finicky Asiatic Lily. Use this Mini with the exotic but very easy Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) or Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria Hybrids) with its pretty Azalea-like flowers. Try in alternating clumps with Little Grapette Miniature Daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids 'Little Grapette') woven into a carpet of the lovely blue-flowered Dalmatian Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana). For more cottage-garden charm, add the casual Wayne Roderick Fleabane (Erigeron x 'Wayne Roderick').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in organically rich loam; adapts to most soil types, provided they are well-drained. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Remove old foliage and spent blooms for a neat appearance and to promote continued bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    In its homeland, China, the species daylily is found in early literature dating to 2697 BC. Although it arrived early the daylily was not named until 1753 where the genus was derived from the Greek for "beauty" and "day". Cultivation began in France and spread throughout Europe by the 19th century. Not until Dr. A. B. Stout of the Carolinas discovered a way to cross pollinate the plants in 1921 did any significant varieties or color variations appear. Mini Pearl, a diploid cultivar, was introduced by breeder Jablonski in 1982.
    In China, the native yellow daylily was more commonly a food crop than an ornamental.