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Jun 7, 2020 8:20 PM CST
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
I have limited room by my patio for 2 (maybe 3) daylily plants and would like them to smell good. What are your most fragrant varieties?
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Jun 8, 2020 8:31 AM CST
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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All yellows, all oldies--Hudson Valley, Lexington, Hyperion.
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Hyperion
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Hudson Valley
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Lexington
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Jun 8, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
Ok, funny question. Do they all smell the same or are they like roses and have different scents?
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Jun 8, 2020 9:09 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I haven't compared them but agree that Hudson Valley has a wonderful fragrance..........It also makes a bright cheery clump when in blooms.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 8, 2020 10:33 AM CST
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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To my nose, they are similar. I haven't noticed any great variation, but scent can be subjective, what one nose detects, another nose might detect something different. Other factors to consider are size of flowers and number of plants. Hudson Valley has the biggest flowers in our garden, but the plants are spaced out. Lexington is in a row of three. Hyperion is all by itself. If you have two or three of any of these that are close together, you should have a lot of fragrance when they bloom.
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Jun 15, 2020 4:49 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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I think Spanish Fandango smells like honeysuckle. Hudson Valley smells nice and so does its kid, Valley Monster. All yellows!
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Valley Monster is huge:)
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Jun 15, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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These forums are great for finding out about other fragrant daylilies. We have Spanish Fandango but it has suffered badly here, so we finally got smart, moved it to a different place and we think it is going to turn into a good plant. Wow, never heard of Valley Monster, but I am on the hunt for a source, love your photo, Vickie, and the pics of it in the database.
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Jun 15, 2020 8:11 PM CST
Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
Daylilies & hardy hibiscus
I agree that older, yellow cutivars do tend to most fragrant.

Star Dream (Fass-P., 1955):



Snow Elf (Bryant-E, 1974):



Southern Part of Heaven (Holman-Massey, 1999):
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Jun 16, 2020 2:11 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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Smuggler's Gold is the one I noticed while weeding yesterday but then I don't have the ones above.
I should add some by my bench area.
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Jun 16, 2020 7:13 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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My two most fragrant so far are :

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Ebony Circle

and

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Gold Helmet

On a hot and humid day you can smell those from several feet away.
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Jun 16, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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I wonder why the yellow ones are the most fragrant?
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Jun 17, 2020 6:22 AM CST
Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
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The lemon lily in their ancestry?
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Jun 17, 2020 6:28 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I bought this one from a lily growing member On this forum. Not a yellow, but fragrant!
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I do have a particular fondness for pink day lilies.
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Jun 17, 2020 8:02 AM CST
Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
Daylilies & hardy hibiscus
SunriseSide said:The lemon lily in their ancestry?


My guess is that many of the fragrant yellow or near-white cultivars are just genetically closer to the fragrant species daylilies. Low branches, closer to the roots of the hemerocallis family tree. I know genetics doesn't always work like that, though.
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Jun 17, 2020 1:27 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Not only do they smell better, but I think the yellow and white daylilies taste better too!
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Jun 17, 2020 5:38 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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I was not aware that some daylilies are fragrant.

And, i do not have a great nose. I can detect liliacs and mock oranges. maybe some heirloom roses:)

As far as taste, I pass:)
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Jun 26, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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I know most of my fragrant daylilies are yellow or mostly yellow, but here are three that have a fragrance that are not yellow.

Zelazny smells like honeysuckle to me, much like Spanish Fandango does.


I could smell Doctor Who from a few feet away and it had about 8-10 blooms.


Gudrid smells nice too!


I am sure there are more out there that are not yellow that have a fragrance!
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Jun 26, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
Thank you all for your input!!
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Jul 22, 2020 8:11 AM CST

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Lots of good suggestions here! I will have to look into the not-yellow fragrant daylilies. Got to expand my options!

And Frank, massing of blooms helps with the perceived strength of the scent as does humidity and a bit of warmth.
A full grown clump of Hyperion with many stems will be fragrant (to me) several feet away, but one flower in the middle of the day not so much.

So far my favorites for scent usually have the species H. citrina somewhere in their background, like Tetrina's Daughter, Hyperion...
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Jul 22, 2020 9:28 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I have walked past Hudson Valley by 3 feet and I can often enjoy the fragrance.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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