Is The Golden Zebra Daylily A Tetraploid Or A Diploid? - Knowledgebase Question

North Highlands, CA
Question by kelly02
February 15, 2003
I would like to know if your Golden Zebra daylily is
a tetraploid daylily or a diploid daylily. Tetraploid
daylilies seem to do better in our climate. Thank you for your help.
Kelly Mitchell

Answer from NGA
February 15, 2003


A tetraploid Hemerocallis is one with double the chromosomes, as compared to a diploid. This generally makes for a stronger growing plant with more buds and large, more colorful, weather-resistant blooms.

Golden Zebra? is an extraordinary new daylily that is prized for its unique variegated foliage with distinctive golden stripes. This exclusive Monrovia variety has large deep yellow-gold flowers that appear throughout the summer. Because of its slow growth habit, it is ideal for small gardens or containers. It flowers best in full sun, but when planted in shade or partial shade, its foliage develops bright white stripes, adding a dramatic note to the landscape. It will grow to 12 inches in height, with a spread over time of 24 inches. Prefers rich soil that is well-drained and evenly moist.

'Golden Zebra' is a tetraploid.

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