Those orange lillies

behaviorkelton(7-ish)June 11, 2007

New to Tennessee, so...

What's the deal on those orange lilies along the roadsides? I think they look as nice as any other lilies!

So because the seem to grow like weeds, I'm assuming they are cheap or free to get going alongside my street.

So what's the story? Do they like shade? Is there a trick to getting them going... do they self propagate?

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madmouser(7 TN)

The common "ditch lilies" you see along the roadside are Hemerocallis fulva, a species daylily introduced in the US from Europe. It is considered quite invasive although I do enjoy seeing them along the roads. There are some particulary lovely ones along Ebenezer Road in West Knoxville.
More at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Daylily

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 3:02AM
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Dear mad mouser,
You may think them invasive.......but I don't. I have ton's of daylilies and am adding to my collection every day but those bad boys are doing so well even in this extreme drought! I'm not sure what he is seeing on the side of the road but the one I have is triple leaved an so pretty. If anybody want's some more i will be glad to give them some. And I've never seen a daylily that was invasive ever.......If it was then I wouldn't be so poor!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 2:03AM
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I'm shocked that they are considered invasive. Sure, I see them popping up here and there along roadsides, but I have yet to see huge, huge ground covered masses of them.

Kudzoo, english ivy, and other vines... those things blanket and smother everything from grasses to trees.... but lilies???

It's hard to work up a sense of urgency about 'em. That's all I'm saying.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 3:13PM
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cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)

My mother planted a clump from the roadside and within a few years, completely took over her entire flower bed by runners. I would leave them at the roadside, not in my gardens. I stick to the cultivars that stay in a clump.


    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 4:08PM
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I'll bring another 50 gal trash bag of them to the Fall MTPS if anyone is interested. Some of mine are doubles! My clumps stay together pretty well. I have three of them (large clumps) in one of our beds and they have been well behaved. But the LAST thing I'm going to do is disagree with our Daylily Duchess! Doug and Bec have forgotten more about Daylilys than I'll ever learn.

BTW, thanks for the camel burn!!! That was cold-blooded girl.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 10:01PM
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I would be interested in that. I'll go find the MTPS web site to see when it's scheduled.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 4:24PM
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The fall Middle Tennessee Plant Swap will be Saturday, Oct. 20th.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2007 at 9:27AM
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decolady01(7a/6b AL/TN)

As with many plants, they are more invasive some places than others. When we first got the farm here in Tennessee, I was surprised to see single-flowered daylilies along the roads. The ones we had in Louisiana were all double-flowered. I've dug up many of those from LA and have moved them over here to the farm. Do they spread? Yes, but very slowly. I do not consider them invasive.

In Lincoln County two country roads have been quite beautiful with the single flowered daylilies - one south of Kelso and one south of Kirkland. Hawever, the last couple of years I've seen many people digging the ones near Kirkland and that ditch area is getting quite denuded.

Daylilies are edible. Some of the research I've done on them indicates colonists coming to America brought them as a food crop. If you feel they are being invasive in your area, you can always consider them to be free food and pick the buds for sautéing (we're going to have some of those with tonight's dinner). The flowers, known as Golden Needles, are used in Asian cooking. Tubers can be used like potatoes. There are many other ways to eat daylilies, if you are so inclined. I'm pretty fascinated with all edible flowers. Here are some links that might be useful:
Having your flowers and eating them too
Stalking the Wild Daylily
thread in Herb Forum on GW
Daylily Wine


    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 3:35PM
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decolady01(7a/6b AL/TN)

I made a few photos while I was out gathering buds for dinner.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 11:43PM
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When we moved to this house, there was a nasty ugly fence between the yards. I dug up alot of the wild tiger lillies. The orange and black ones.
We have been here for 17 years now and they have been the best thing around. They keep the fence from having to be weed wacked.And they have wonderful flowers on them. I never have had a problem with them spreading. I have been moving and getting more to add to the back fence now. I just wish I had more colors to add to them.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 10:56PM
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onthebrinck(6 Central New Jersey)

I was told that 'ditch' lilies or what I've always called Tiger Lilies are sterile and so cannot reproduce other than by spreading. Theoretically, there's a mother plant somewhere from which all these billions of plants have come. But how did they get so widespread? A similar tale can be told of knotweed --- but I prefer the Tiger lily in my garden rather than the knotweed.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:06PM
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I read that the reason you see them so often on roadsides is because they are one of the few plants that can tolerate road salt, so most of the competition is killed off by the road salt and the lillies thrive.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 6:31PM
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