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Stella d'Oro Daylily
These golden stars of the garden were some of the original hybrids which contibuted to the
popularilty of the genus Hemerocallis.
With glowing yellow flowers against dark green leaves,Stella d'Oro works as a refined edging
because it is a neat 12 by 12 inch height and width. This long blooming daylily flowers from May
to late summer if deadheaded and watered regularly. Planting Stella D'Oro for a massed effect
will transform dry or hard to maintain areas in the garden with grassy foliage and twinkling
yellow blooms throughout the summer months.
Although Stella d'Oro is one of the older varieties of day lily it is a dependable re-bloomer,
sending up new flowering stalks during the whole bloom cycle and flowering continuously. Each
bloom lasts for a day but is replaced by its nearest neighbor the next morning. Stella d'Ora
daylily has a light fragrance and is a unique additon to woodsy indoor bouquets. The trumpet
shaped flowers contrast frilly roses or compliment other lily forms beautifully. Particularly
drought and pest resitant, Stella d'Oro requires very little attention from the gardener and
will spread from year to year wherever allowed. In most areas day lilies are deer proof and
the yellow flowers would make great follow-ups to daffodils and other deer resistant spring
flowering bulbs. Olallie Daylily Garden
remarks that Stella d'Oro's qualities became the model for perfection after its introduction
in the '70's.
Culture and Care
Like all daylilies, Stella d'Oro may be planted whenever the ground can be worked during the year.
New plants started in early spring will bloom that summer. To move plants during fall clean-up,
simply lift with a shovel and plant in a freshly dug spot. In moderate climates dayliliy leaves
remain fairly evergreen, dying back only in the coldest months but quickly showing re-growth after
the turn of the year. To tidy up the plants, clip or pull old stalks and browned leaves. A few
stalks left on a plant will provide a stunning seed pod that swells and bursts for winter birds.
Day lily plants do best in sunny conditions, well in a hot climates with some shade and more
water, fair in cooler climates with less water. Little water and shady conditions will produce
more leaves and a few blooms when the temperature is highest. If planting in very arrid conditions,
mulch the bed to retain moisture and water regularly. Fertilizing day lily plants seems optional
unless the soil is extremely poor because they thrive in so many conditions on their own. A large
bed might benefit with a once a year general fertilizer such as fish emulsion or other natural and