What does dormant mean when describing a daylily?

philipw2(7 MD/DC)May 31, 2012

I have been growing the beasts in my yards for 30 years, have dozens, but until today never noticed that word.

I was at the WoodHenge Gardens website for daylilies and saw that in the descriptions of many of the daylilies. It is, I guess, a breeders website.

I was looking for some daylilies that might be as tall as the ditch lilies that are now in bloom all over DC. I like their height.


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shive(6b TN)

Dormant means the foliage totally dies back in the winter. Evergreens keep their leaves. Semievergreens keep their foliage longer into the winter than dormants, but eventually die back to resting buds.


    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 10:01PM
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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

Typically, dormants do better in climates with colder winters, and evergreens do better in climates with warmer winters. But it's not always a perfect indicator.

If you are looking for things that will do well for you, your best indicator is to buy plants grown and sold by people in your same climate zone, regardless of foliage habit.


    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 7:37AM
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