Hemerocallis 'American Revolution'
Dark, velvet black-red lifted by a woodpecker green eye and red striations on this starry daylily with dark buds and stems and lots of flowers over weeks
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: The Greek term 'hemerocallis' means 'beautiful for a day', and daylilies need regular deadheading to prolong flowering and prevent their unsightly deadheads from dominating the scene. Each stem carries several flowers, so snap off each flower as it fades. When the stem has finished flowering, cut it down to the ground. After the plant has finished flowering altogether, pull out the dead leaves. When the foliage is looking tatty, cut it down to the ground and fresh new growth will appear. Lift and divide every two years in spring to keep the rhizomes vigorous and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Water frequently from spring until the buds appear.
This is a large, deep blood-red daylily that flowers from June to July. It looks fabulous planted in drifts in a sunny mixed or herbaceous border among 'hot' colours or with cannas and montbretias as companions. The bright-green, strap-like leaves are semi-evergreen in mild areas, and soon form large clumps of strap-like foliage that helps to suppress weeds. Like most hemerocallis, it is robust and easy to grow, provided you follow the tips below.
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