Hemerocallis fulva day lily Liliaceae HEFU*p; Bx, br, pb, rd, sf, vc; NY, hb, iw; Q, a, cu, j, u; K, p; R, bm, c, ca, cg, gb, h, ok, ro; 

   

Hemerocallis fulva.Robbin Moran.www.plantsystematics.org

Hemerocallis fulva.Robbin Moran.www.plantsystematics.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Hemerocallis fulva is a perennial monocotyledon herb, colonial from tubers along dark orange-brown, fleshy roots. 

Leaves alternate, basal, strap-like with prominent midrib, margin entire; inflorescence leaves reduced to bracts. 

Flowers orange, base yellow, petals 3, sepals 3, very similar, about 12 cm wide across top, , funnel-shaped, showy; inflorescence branched, stem to 1 m; blooms June-July. 

Fruit becoming dry, a 3-lobed capsule. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Along roadsides, and second growth from garden waste; old estate and home garden sites, and disturbed forest understories. Sometimes planted in natural areas. 

Notes: Day lily is aggressive and shade tolerant, displacing native herbs; roots and tubers form a dense layer that largely excludes other plants (Douce et al. 2007). Flowers, young leaves and roots apparently edible; plant may also have medicinal uses (Fern 2004; Yatskievych 2006).