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Orange daylily
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A species of Daylilies, Also known as Ditch lily, Tawny daylily, Tiger daylily, Fulvous daylily
Botanical name : Hemerocallis fulva Genus : Daylilies

Orange daylily, A species of Daylilies
Also known as:
Ditch lily, Tawny daylily, Tiger daylily, Fulvous daylily
Botanical name: Hemerocallis fulva
Genus: Daylilies
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Orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Description

The orange daylily is a perennial plant known for its captivating lily-like blooms. Its natural habitats are meadows and forests, but it is also a common garden plant in temperate regions around the world. Each individual flower lasts only a day, but the plant will bloom new ones for weeks. Orange daylily's young buds and flowers are edible either raw or cooked. As a bonus to vegetarians, the flowers contain more fats than most vegetables.
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Spring, summer
Flower Color
Orange
Red
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
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General Info

Name story

Orange daylily
"Look, orange lilies!" That's what most people would call the Hemerocallis fulva, not knowing its latin name. Therefore, it is commonly called the orange daylily.
Common daylily
Although it looks similar to a lily, the Hemerocallis fulva isn't actually a lily. Since each flower only blooms for one day, the plant is known as the daylily. this particular species is the most common in the genus, so this is why it is called the common daylily.

Symbolism

A mother's love and devotion, purity, joy, passion

Usages

Artistic Value
Many famous Chinese poets have praised the orange daylily.
Environmental Protection Value
The orange daylily is often used as a pollution detection plant. When the air is polluted by fluorine, the tips of its leaves will turn reddish-brown.
Garden Use
Orange daylily is a herbaceous perennial commonly found in gardens. It is prized for its large, vibrant orange blooms and ease to maintain. It has the ability to overpower weeds so is often used for ground cover. Orange daylily is used within Japanese-style or Pollinator gardens as border plants. Plant with Garden Phlox or Caradonna to make a strong color contrast.

Is orange daylily toxic?

Although orange daylily is beautiful when in bloom, it is also considered a toxic weed as it can be poisonous and difficult to control.

Is orange daylily poisonous to dogs?

Although most animals don't present any poisoning symptoms after consuming the orange daylily, cats are the exception. Poisoned cats may have symptoms such as vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death.

Is it a Weed?

This plant is sometimes considered a weed largely due to how invasive it is and the difficulty to eradicate once it has established itself. It is able to self-seed freely, reproducing by seed or spread vegetatively through its tuberous roots. The thick tubers bury deep into the soil, making the orange daylily difficult to remove. The same characteristics that gardeners like about the plant - its hardiness and versatility - work in its favor when in unwanted locations.

Toxicity

Fresh orange daylily may contain colchicine. If not soaked and well cooked in water, it can cause poisoning when ingested by humans. Symptoms contains stomachache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Colchicine can be destroyed by well cooking. Be sure to cook orange daylily in water if you want to have it a try.

Toxicity in Animals

The orange daylily might be poisonous only to cats - not to dogs, or any other reported species. All parts of the plant are toxic, and ingesting even small amounts of the plant can have severe effects. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure and even death. If your cat may have consumed this toxic plant, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Environmental Threats

The orange daylily is native to Asia, seen across China, Japan, and Korea, and has been naturalized in North America and Canada. Once established, it takes efforts to remove.

Potential Risks

When gardening or weeding, improperly disposing of pieces of orange daylily roots will lead them to spread. Caution is needed to avoid cats biting when you grow orange daylily.

How to Control it

The orange daylily is a challenging plant to remove, as it spreads freely and has strong roots. Removing the seedlings before they get a chance to spread is ideal, but the plant will still have to be pulled out by the roots as it can come back from any small section of root left behind. Plants and roots should be placed in a plastic bag for proper disposal. Mowing the orange daylily and smothering it with thick layers of mulch can also be effective. The plant will have a hard time emerging, but continued vigilance is necessary to be sure the plant does not break through. As a last resort, systemic herbicides can be used. However, herbicides can also kill other plants around if spread accidentally. If orange daylily persists after two weeks, carefully apply a second round of the weed killer.

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