Daylilies forum: Fragrant Daylilies

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Feb 20, 2017 5:21 PM CST
I have daylilies, reading though some of the catalogs I see reference to fragrant daylilies, could some one describe the fragrance, I've never had one with fragrance; did not know that they had a fragrance. Live in zone 4 so my concern is normally just planting material that will return each year, and looks good...a fragrance would be a bonus! Anyone that could suggest any that meet both criteria would be much appreciated! Thx
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Feb 20, 2017 8:02 PM CST
The fragrance on the daylilies that I've had is hard to describe... maybe "lemony"? Confused It's nice. Not musky or anything remotely like that.
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Name: Diana
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ShakespearesGarden
Feb 20, 2017 9:16 PM CST
I have a couple of reliable bloomers that give off a nice fragrance.
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I've had them planted for a few years. They're inexpensive and lovely : )
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Feb 21, 2017 7:10 AM CST
GUDRID is one of my most fragrant daylilies.


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Name: Donald
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needrain
Feb 21, 2017 8:58 AM CST
'Odds Bodkins' was easily the most fragrant one for me. I'm curious to see if it does it again this year.


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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 19, 2017 7:41 AM CST
Try growing H. citrina as a lead in to perfumes. It will give your nostrils the experience of a good smeller.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Mar 19, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Hyperion is an oldie but the fragrance is wonderful. I always know when I am close to one and have them spread around the yard. I just added Citrina last Fall so looking forward to that Glen.
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Mar 19, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Limonero Squeeze
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Langley Double Peach
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These are all fragrant ones that I have. Love them all Lovey dubby
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Name: Diana
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 19, 2017 12:53 PM CST
I added a ton of fragrant day lilies this year so ill have to do a sniff test this summer... Might have to change favorites : )
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 19, 2017 2:33 PM CST
If you are wondering what the smell is like, most of my fragrant daylilies have a sweet smell, but I have noticed two types of smell:
1) a smell very similar to an Easter lily
2) a different, sweeter smell than an Easter lily (more perfume-y, maybe?...)
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 19, 2017 6:18 PM CST
I have always meant to rate my cultivars by smell. I adore plants that access all
one's senses. The problem is bending over to get close to some of the blooms. This is a hassle at my age.

As well, I don't know how one can should describe the perfume on paper: what it is similar too and then how to rate the smell's impact on the senses. Intuitively, I think this could be an area of innovation for description of attributes and breedinjg.
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Name: bron
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bron
Mar 22, 2017 7:50 AM CST
When I first bought daylilie I tried to get ones that were Frag/Very frag. From my limited experience I make the following observations: many have a 'fragrance' that is not very thrilling. last night I sniffed a CHARDONNAY bloom, and while there was an aroma it wasn't sweet or interesting. It is the same for many Hems I own.

But I have one I bought as "Lemon Yellow' which appears unregistered. It has a sweet almost lemon/orange blossom fragrance. Maybe it is closely related to H. citrina. Another light yellow NOID of entirely different shape has a different but very nice sweet fragrance. Some years ago on a warm humid evening there was a wonderful fragrance on my driveway. I thought I tracked it down to MY BELLE, which is not registered as fragrant. MB was later stolen so haven't been able to check again. Since then I have noticed daylily fragrance from afar in warm still air conditions. But have not yet found one as strong and wafting as that of Lilium auratum/Oriental Lily, gardenia, michelia champaca or honeysuckle. Perhaps when mine grow to clumps they may perfume the air.

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