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(Hemerocallis spp)
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FYI A common perennial garden flower of uncommon beauty and utility. The color range and shape of the flowers is vast along with so many types of cultivars, it couldn't adequately be covered here. The best source of information is from the American Hemerocallis Society.

Although inaccurate botanically, the swollen fleshy-fibrous roots are commonly referred to as tubers.

The scientific name is derived from the Greek 'hemera', meaning day, and 'kallos', meaning beauty §

PROPAGATION By DIVISION in spring. By RIPE SEEDS sown in flats and refrigerated 6 weeks then moved to greenhouse. (Or stratify seeds for 6 weeks).
NEEDS Full to part sun. Good soil and average moisture.
HARVEST All parts are used for culinary purposes
FLOWERS Color depends on variety. Planting a large variety of cultivars will provide non-stop blooming from May onward.
!The raw, green buds can cause throat irritation
♦ For more culinary information and recipes for daylilies, I recommend The Delightful, Delicious Daylily by Peter Gail, Goosefoot Acres Press, 3283 E. Fairfax Rd, Cleveland OH 44118; ph 216-932-2145; fax 216-803-3000. Also see by Peter Gail: EDIBLE WEEDS.
First spring shoots are tossed in salads; the peppery stamens used like sprouts as well as for adding color like saffron.
Harvest the open blossoms, dip in batter and cook gently. Blossoms are also used as a garnish.
When the bud is picked the day before it blooms, it is sweet and crunchy. Dried buds are rehydrated and used in hot and sour soup.
Other uses include fritters, meat pies breads, and biscuits.
Interplant with iris on steep slopes to hold the soil.

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