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RookieGardener11
Jun 3, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Greetings — I moved into a home a few years ago in Louisville, Colorado and inherited this prolific and pesky plant that keeps coming back in greater quantities after I attempt to remove it by digging it out. It's roots are incredibly strong. Any help identifying it, and any suggestions on getting rid of it would be appreciated.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 3, 2018 8:33 AM CST
My first thought was daylilies but I could be completely wrong because I've never grown them, I've only seen other people's.

Google "daylily roots" and "daylily leaves" and see if any of the varieties appear to match yours.
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purpleinopp
Jun 3, 2018 8:35 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

If your plant is not a daylily (Hemerocallis,) it's just doing a good impersonation, or would the word be implantonation?

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 3, 2018 8:37 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Hi & welcome!

If your plant is not a daylily (Hemerocallis,) it's just doing a good impersonation, or would the word be implantonation?

Daylilies (Hemerocallis)


Glad I'm not the only one who thought that. What gave me pause is why anyone would want to dig them up and get rid of them. lol
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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2018 8:42 AM CST
They certainly look like leaves and roots of Daylilies to me too!






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purpleinopp
Jun 3, 2018 9:54 AM CST
The leaves are really boring, and if one has a plan for a cultivated spot, daylilies could easily look like something that is just in the way.
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 3, 2018 9:56 AM CST
What I meant was that if some have survived after tearing the others out, the survivors would have bloomed (and been identified), no?

The leaves and roots both remind me of spider plants. I wonder if they're related (or not).
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crawgarden
Jun 3, 2018 9:59 AM CST
They can be very invasive, dig them up and comb through the soil and rake out any small pieces, and they will still try to come back. I've been getting rid of them for the last 30 years.

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purpleinopp
Jun 3, 2018 10:09 AM CST
RJ, are you talking about H. fulva? Cultivated dayliles are different, but you do have a good point. If they are H. fulva, I'd be digging & composting too.
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crawgarden
Jun 3, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Yes, looking like H fulva
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RookieGardener11
Jun 3, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Thank you everyone for helping to answer my question and identifying this plant. I agree these are dayliles (H fulva). We originally starting pulling them because they don't flower in this shady area and starting to take over more and more of the bed. I can see this being appealing in a different context, but our space is limited and we're taking a "Less is more" approach to our design.

Well, now that I know what I'm dealing with I feel confident I can figure this out!

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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2018 6:36 PM CST
I didn't realize that Ditch Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) was considered invasive. I guess this photo shows how they can naturalize and take over but wow this sea of orange is such a beautiful sight! Lovey dubby
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crawgarden
Jun 3, 2018 7:20 PM CST
They are beautiful in a mass grouping!
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sooby
Jun 4, 2018 4:28 AM CST
plantladylin said:I didn't realize that Ditch Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) was considered invasive. I guess this photo shows how they can naturalize and take over but wow this sea of orange is such a beautiful sight! Lovey dubby


It's actually not as invasive as some articles would lead one to believe because it can only very rarely set seeds, being a largely infertile triploid. So it can only really spread locally by rhizomes and it certainly does do that. In actual fact this so-called "ditch lily" derives from a specific clone of H. fulva called 'Europa'.

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purpleinopp
Jun 4, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Aha! We've found the reason they're being evicted. I don't see H. fulva where I live now, but it was a ubiquitous sight in OH, almost always in a ditch, "ditch lilies." Sure, they're pretty if you like orange, but not something most gardeners would want to cultivate.

When most people talk about (cultivated) "daylilies" they are very rarely talking about H. fulva. Purposely cultivated daylily cultivars can be stunning, and much more well-behaved in a garden!
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