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Jun 3, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Louisville, Colorado
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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Jun 3, 2018 8:33 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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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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Jun 3, 2018 8:35 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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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)
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Jun 3, 2018 8:37 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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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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Jun 3, 2018 8:42 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Jun 3, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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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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Jun 3, 2018 9:56 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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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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Jun 3, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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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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Jun 3, 2018 10:09 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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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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Jun 3, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Yes, looking like H fulva
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Jun 3, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Louisville, Colorado
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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Jun 3, 2018 6:36 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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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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Jun 3, 2018 7:20 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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They are beautiful in a mass grouping!
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Jun 4, 2018 4:28 AM CST
Name: Sue
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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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Jun 4, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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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!
Daylilies (Hemerocallis)
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