“Light tomorrow with today.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
By: Proserpina , 1:08 AM GMT on July 07, 2014
DANCE OF THE FLOWERS, part 5 - HEMOROCALLIS
Daylily is the common name for plants of the genus Hemerocallis
The name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words ἡμέρα (hēmera) "day" and καλός (kalos) "beautiful". This name alludes to the flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same scape (flower stalk) the next day. Some species are night-blooming.
Hemerocallis is native to Eurasia, including China, Korea, and Japan, and this genus is popular worldwide because of the showy flowers and hardiness of many kinds. There are over 60,000 registered cultivars. Hundreds of cultivars have fragrant flowers, some cultivars rebloom later in the season, particularly if their capsules, in which seeds are developing, are removed.
The daylily is often called "the perfect perennial", due to its brilliant colors, ability to tolerate drought and to thrive in many different climate zones, and generally low maintenance. Those with yellow, pink, and other pastel flowers require full sun to bring out all of their color; darker varieties, including red and purple flowers, need shade.
The yellow cultivar, "Stella de Oro" (sometimes "Stella Doro"), is one of the most popular, and has won multiple awards from the American Horticultural Society.
The flowers of some species are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine as well as in Western cuisine especially in salads.
Because their roots can absorb a lot of water, daylilies can prevent brush fires and soil erosion on slopes.
Some believe that if pregnant women wear daylilies on their waist, they will give birth to a male child.
Daylilies have become the symbol of mothers in Chinese culture.
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