What does a daylily look like?


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The daylily is a perennial flower available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes. Yellow or orange daylilies are the most common colors.

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The daylily has four distinct parts: the roots, the crown, the leaves and the scape. The roots of a daylily are long, slender, fibrous and pale-brown in color. The crown is the solid white core located between the leaves and the roots. The leaves are long, linear and grass-like, with a center rib on the underside. The scape is the leafless stalk which bears the flowers.

Although there are many varieties, a normal, single daylily flower has three petals and three sepals. Each flower usually has six stamens. The throat of the flower, in the center core, is usually a different color than the rest of the flower. It is typically a shade of green, yellow, gold, orange or apricot.

Modern daylily flowers are available in an extraordinary diverse range of colors. Shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and cream are the most common.

Each daylily flower lasts only one day, but there are many flower buds on each stalk. Many stalks appear in each clump, so the clump flowers for several weeks.

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