The dog days of summer may be running hot and heavy, and while everything else withers and fades like a distant memory, daylilies seem doggedly determined that the show must go on. Here are a few interesting facts about the daylily.
- The familiar orange variety that seems to pop up along many a country road throughout North America is not a native wildflower at all. All varieties including this one can trace their ancestry back to Asia.
- Parts of the plant have been eaten in Asia for hundreds of years. Interesting...maybe I should plan on hosting a daylily roast for friends and family?
- They were spread west across North America by settlers who brought plants with them as they headed west, which is either a testament to the determination of those braving the wild frontier or how hardy the daylily bulb is.
- There is a variety of daylily that is nocturnal daylily; I guess you could call it a nightlily.
- The scientific name of the daylily is Hemerocallis which is Greek for beautiful for a day.
Orange you glad you learned all that?
Okay, okay, orange you glad it's Friday?
I sure am!