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Hemerocallis x 'African Chant'

Daylily

The velvety dark-red blooms of this diploid cultivar are large (5” across) and contrast well with their yellow throats. Flowers appear in early June on naked stems (scapes) that typically rise 30-36” tall.  ‘African Chant’ is a nocturnal specimen, which means that flowers begin to open in mid-afternoon and stay open through the evening. This aspect makes it perfect for enjoying after returning from work, with the flowers opening to greet you!

Velvety, dark-red flowers
Yellow throats contrast well
Flowers mid-season
Nocturnal

Daylily Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Moist
Dry
Good Drainage
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Growth Rate
Medium

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Daylily

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Daylilies perform well in a wide range of well-drained soils, but prefer a deep, fertile loam. Deadhead spent flowers daily for neatness and remove scapes (or flowering “stems”) when flowers have completed bloom. Plants are tolerant of summer heat and humidity, but appreciate deep watering in dry spells to keep foliage attractive. Daylilies should be divided to maintain vigor when the clumps become overcrowded. ~Kemper Center

Interesting Notes

Daylilies derive their common name from the fact that each flower lasts but for a single day. Though the lives of individual flowers are quite short, the continual succession of new flowers opening each day make for a long and cheerful show. Recent hybridization efforts have developed a plethora of new and exciting introductions with a diversity of flower colors, forms, and sizes, as well as extended flowering seasons.

Daylily flowers and buds have long been considered a delicacy in Asian cuisine. The only downside of preparing dishes from the buds is that at least some of the season’s floral show has to be sacrificed. However, by planting extra daylilies in your garden, you can both enjoy the beauty and taste of the delectable flowers without guilt.