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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 6, 2015 11:13 AM CST
I noticed that the "Ditch Lily" acted like a total dormant in my garden this year. How does it do in other gardens, I see it is listed as a semi-Evergreen?
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Well, looking again today, maybe it is more semi-Evergreen looking. the foliage looks sorta ragged, not super fresh like a dormant normally looks.It multiplied really well !
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Mar 6, 2015 12:16 PM CST
I've not really paid attention to my ditch lilies foliage in winter before. It is still snow covered here, but that will change soon. Supposed to be in the 60's next week, so maybe if the ground isn't too soft I can get out and look around.

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 6, 2015 1:07 PM CST
Seedfork said:I noticed that the "Ditch Lily" acted like a total dormant in my garden this year. How does it do in other gardens, I see it is listed as a semi-Evergreen?


The AHS database has it (Hemerocallis fulva 'Europa') listed as "dormant". This appears to come from the first checklist. Stout described it in his book as "The older leaves die in autumn but younger leaves continue to appear which remain somewhat green until heavy frosts".

However, when he brought it into his greenhouse one November it grew right away, flowered March and April, and then "there was somewhat continuous growth almost as for plants of evergreen habit".

A problem with daylilies is that their foliage behaviour isn't necessarily consistent in all areas with how they behaved where registered. All daylilies in my garden are "dormant" because it's simply too cold for them to grow, whether registered evergreen, semi-ev or dormant. So you're quite likely to find that 'Europa' behaves differently according to the local climate where it is grown. It may also vary in an individual garden depending on the weather in any particular winter. It would indeed be interesting to see pics of what it looks like as it appears this year in many different areas.

Here is 'Europa' in a naturalized planting here on 2nd May last year (can't do a current pic as it's still in frozen ground and buried under snow):

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Mar 6, 2015 2:46 PM CST
It is totally dormant in my garden. It just started growing again about a week or so ago.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 7, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Mine is covered under snow also. I ripped all my foliage off in late summer when they start to look ratty and shortly thereafter new growth start to appear.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 7, 2015 9:06 AM CST
This was the only pic I could find with them in it after the foliage was removed. The daisy in bloom is in the above pic to the lower left.
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