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Daylily, An Easy, Beautiful and Useful Plant
by Monica Resinger  

Daylilies are one of my favorite perennial plants. They are pretty, hardy and 
very easy to take care of. They have arching, sword shaped leaves and lily 
shaped flowers that come in all shades of yellow, orange, red and more. They 
grow to a height of about 18 inches usually and are best placed in the middle 
the flower bed. Daylilies are called this because their large lily-like blooms 
only last one day, however, the next day there will be a new bloom right next 
to the old one on the same stem. 

Daylilies will grow in all zones and like full sun, but if your area is very 
hot, plant them in semi shade. They will usually adapt to any type of soil. 
They need quite a bit of water during bloom and should be fed with complete 
fertilizer during spring and summer. 

When your daylily plant starts looking crowded and the base is pretty large, 
it's probably time to divide it. This is a great time to share with your 
friends and family. Just dig it up and pull (or whack) it apart. It will take 
forceful pulling (maybe even some wrestling) to get the roots apart. It's a 
tough plant, so don't worry too much about hurting it. The best time for this 
in early spring or late fall. 

Daylilies look beautiful planted near Shasta Daisies or Poker plant. They do 
well on banks, near pools in the flower bed, and in containers. You can even 
try them in the vegetable garden planted near some salad ingredients. 

The petals are edible and are very tasty.  They are crips and sweet like 
lettuce and go very well in tossed salads, not only for flavor and texture, but 
make the salad pretty.  

Even though the blooms only last one day, they still make great cut flowers 
because the buds are in clusters on one stem. This means one stem with 5 or 6 
buds will probably last a week in a vase provided the water is changed daily. 

If you don't have a daylily yet and are looking for easy and rewarding 
plants, I recommend you get one (or two, or three). Before you buy one, check 
to see 
if your family and friends have a plant that needs dividing. This way, when 
you look at the plant in the future, you'll have a pleasant memory of who gave 
it to you.  

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