Stella De Oro Daylily Or Stella D'Oro Day Lily: A Gold Star, Either Way

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The Stella de Oro Daylily is a most beloved flower plant. When it is in full bloom, even the street-dwellers slow down to have a look at its golden yellow splendor. This species is a member of the Hemerocallis-Daylily genus.

Day-lilies have their origins in Asia. They came to the new world in the 18th century. After that, hybridization were done extensively throughout history. The third and fourth decade of the twentieth century saw a golden age of hybridization. Following the tradition, the Stella de Oro day-lily was created by Walter Jablonski in 1975. Thus, according to the 2010 definition of the American Hemerocallis Society, this plant is a "historic day-lily." It states that species or cultivars registered with the society before 1980 are considered historic day-lilies. Soon after its creation, it gained popularity all over America and became the most popular day-lily of the world.

Stella de Oro is a "hybrid name"; for it has words from two languages in it! "Stella" - in Italian means "star" and "de oro" in Spanish means "of gold", adding up to "Star of gold." Perhaps the hybrid nature of the name originates at the hybridist's fancy for languages! Who knows?!

The Stella de Oro day-lily is herbaceous root plant. It has a height of 12 to 15 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches. Its trumpet shaped flowers are about 2.75 inches long. They are bright golden in color and have a subtle fragrance. They have a mild pie crust edging that looks like a sword. The attractive foliage forms a dense clump that may function as a ground-cover.

Blooming is a very special feature of Stella de Oro day-lily The blooms last at least 16 hours. However, the plant has an incredible re-blooming capacity. Unlike most of the day-lilies, its blooming starts in spring and continues to re-bloom until fall. It is this feature that has led to its immense popularity.

The Stella de Oro day-lily can survive many harsh conditions unlike other plants. It is resistant to polluted city environments, poor and dry soils, and near pavement that is salted in winter. . Full sun makes it bloom best. However, a light shade won't harm that much. Although, it is resistant to drought, it grows with full bloom in a soil with plenty of humus. Usually they are planted in lines to form borders; however, they also look good in a bed. They also makes a good cut flower.

The re-blooming capacity of a Stella de Oro day-lily will increase if the spent flowers are deadheaded. Also, the brown foliage should be removed in fall. The Stella de Oro day-lily is a reasonably low-maintenance perennial, as it does not have to be divided for several years. When the plants seem crowded and to be waning in vigor, perform division of Stella de Oro day-lilies by simply splitting them apart-- in fall or early spring. This fact also adds to the list of factors behind its popularity.

The Stella de Oro day-lily can survive many harsh conditions unlike other plants. It is resistant to polluted city environments, poor and dry soils, and near pavement that is salted in winter. . Full sun makes it bloom best. However, a light shade won't harm that much. Although, it is resistant to drought, it grows with full bloom in a soil with plenty of humus. Usually they are planted in lines to form borders; however, they also look good in a bed. They also makes a good cut flower.

The re-blooming capacity of a Stella de Oro day-lily will increase if the spent flowers are deadheaded. Also, the brown foliage should be removed in fall. The Stella de Oro day-lily is a reasonably low-maintenance perennial, as it does not have to be divided for several years. When the plants seem crowded and to be waning in vigor, perform division of Stella de Oro day-lilies by simply splitting them apart-- in fall or early spring. This fact also adds to the list of factors behind its popularity.

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Author: John Hoffman
I am a retired aerospace engineer that over the years has acquired a rewarding hobby of gardening and landscapes. Within the scope of my new hobby, I have been fortunate enough to further my freelance writing career under contract to www.tnnursery.net whose expertise has been invaluable.

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