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Herbaceous Perennial

Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd'

daylily 'Gentle Shepherd'

A semi-evergreen perennial with wispy leaves to 65cm, and circular, ivory flowers with green throats in summer.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Cream White Green Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
TOXIC to pets (cats) - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
Genus

Hemerocallis may be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with narrow, strap-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers on erect stems in late spring or early summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well drained soil, in areas that will not dry out in summer. Prefers full sun, flowering is likely to be reduced in shadier situations. Water freely from spring to summer. See Hemerocallis cultivation for details.

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring or autumn, at least six weeks before the first frost. Divide every 2-3 years to maintain vigour. Propagate from seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring; cultivars will not come true from seed.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back flower stems after flowering has finished. Remove dead foliage as required.

Pests

May be susceptible to hemerocallis gall midge, aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and thrips. Slugs and snails may damage young leaves.

Diseases

May be susceptible to rust. In climates with alternating winter frosts and thaws, bacterial leaf and stem rot (spring sickness) may be a problem; in areas with high temperatures and high humidity, crown rot may cause damage. Generally tough and reliable.

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