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Hemerocallis fulva
orange daylily

Distribution: Occurring in the Puget Sound lowlands; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, old homesteads, stream banks, disturbed sites.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced from eastern Asia

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, scapose herbs, clump-forming and rhizomatous, the main roots fleshy, the stems 7-15 dm. tall.


Leaves many, basal, sessile, the blades yellowish-green, 7-10 dm. long and 2.5-3 cm. wide.


Scape branched, 10- to 20-flowered, taller than the foliage; perianth tube widely funnel-shaped, 2-3 cm. long; tepals 6, yellow with orange splotches and streaks near the base, the outer 3, 7-8 cm. long and about 2 cm. wide, the margins smooth, the inner 3, 7.5-8.5 cm. long and 3-3.5 cm. wide, the margins wavy; stamens 6, the filaments curved upward, unequal; ovary superior, 3-celled, conic.


Capsules leathery, rarely developing.

Accepted Name:
Hemerocallis fulva (L.) L.
Publication: Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 1: 462. 1762.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus L. var. fulvus L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hemerocallis fulva in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hemerocallis fulva checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hemerocallis fulva atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hemerocallis fulva photos.

USDA Plants: Hemerocallis fulva information.

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