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Hemerocallis 'Royal Mountie'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow and Dark Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

daylily 'Royal Mountie'

Family

Hemerocallidaceae


Hemerocallis may be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with narrow, strap-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers on erect stems in late spring or early summer

'Royal Mountie' is a perennial to 1m in height, forming a clump with narrow leaves and slender stems bearing deep, blackish-crimson flowers to 15cm in width, with recurved segments fading to vivid yellow at base

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil preferably in full sun. Copes well with heavy clay. May need watering in spring to early summer in dry conditions to ensure flowering

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn; evergreen types are best divided in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, slugs, snails, gall midges, glasshouse red spider mite and thrips

Diseases

May be subject to leaf rots and stem rots