The daylily is probably most familiar to you as the common brilliant
orange flower which grows out of of a lush tangle of long, vivid green straplike
leaves, but it can also been found in shades of yellow, red, and even purples
and pinks among the cultivated varieties. Originally native to the Far
East, daylilies are members of the Lily family, although they have never been as
highly prized as Oriental Lilies, which grow from a single stalk with smaller.
lance-shaped, arching leaves which all extend out from the same central stalk.
While Oriental Lilies produce a very limited number of blossoms, each of which
may last for up to six days or more, daylily beds produce vast numbers of blooms
which last for only one day. For simplicity, prettiness, and hardiness,
daylilies are almost unbeatable in the American garden. They will spread
rapidly to fill almost any space, bloom prolifically during a large portion of
the middle of the summer, and the flowers are edible, and delicious in salads,
stir-frys, and as garnishes.