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An unwanted daylily in my Pennsylvania garden border. Can’t get rid of these invasive beauties.
In the United States and Canada, it all started with the original “wild” orange daylily. In fact, no daylily is native to North America; most hail from Asia. But that old orange Asian species, called Hemerocallis fulva, is everywhere. In fact, in its homeland, China and Korea, it’s more than just another pretty flower; the buds have been roasted and eaten as part of the Asian diet for centuries.
Wild Orange Daylily
Compared to most other daylilies, the plants are larger , the stems longer (taller), and once the clumps grow for a few years, they are hard work to divide.
Westward Ho! This old plant arrived on our shores early during the colonial period, and it was so popular, and “passed along” from so many gardeners to their neighbors, it now grows happily from coast to coast, often along roadsides. When the wagon trains went west, the old orange daylily rode along. Many a frontier gardener brought his or her daylily roots along from “back East.”