Daylilies forum: Daylilies for edible landscaping in Tampa Florida

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Denise
Oct 6, 2012 2:01 PM CST
It feels kinda wierd posting this in a daylily forum where the different colors and forms of the daylilies are the object of interest of so many.

My interest is edible landscaping. It sounds like a wonderful idea to include daylilies as an attractive, low-maintenance plant in my frontyard.

According to this guy who is an authority on edible plants in Florida:
http://www.eattheweeds.com/daylily-just-cloning-around-2/
the daylily hybrid cannot be counted on to be edible. To be safe he says to stay with the original daylily which is known by long experience to be okay.

Does anyone here know of a source of the original daylily? (Preferably ones well adapted to Tampa, Florida.)

Thank you for any help you can give.
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daylily
Oct 6, 2012 2:43 PM CST
I think you should contact Mark Cook. He lives in Dunnellon Florida and grows historic and species daylilies. He is as much of an expert on historic daylilies as anyone I know of.

Here is his website, and it has email contact info near the bottom.

http://members.tripod.com/bigalligator_1/

If, for some reason, the address does not work, try contacting one of the Florida daylily clubs listed on this page. I am sure he is well known down there and someone would know how to contact him.
http://www.daylilies.org/AHSreg12.html
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lilylady
Oct 7, 2012 5:22 AM CST
The old fulva (orange one) is grown in Asia for food. Buds. It is a commercial industry there.

However, now that rust has appeared in Fl and plants need to be sprayed for it, I am not sure that you would then want to eat it.

Just a caution for you.

Else I would send you some - I'm digging out an area full of them.
Name: Juli
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daylily
Oct 9, 2012 8:25 AM CST
Sharon has written an article for Daylily Week on eating daylilies. Here is a link to it.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/Sharon/985/Daylilies-for-dinner...

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