Earlybird Cardinal™ Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Endless Heart' PP#16,515
Expect up to 4 seasons of bloom each year from this magnificent red daylily, one of breeder Darrel Apps's Very finest. Part of the Jersey Earlybird™ series, Earlybird Cardinal™ delights with large watermelon-red blooms and evergreen foliage. Don't miss it for the perennial border, meadow garden, and containers.
The flowers measure up to 4 inches wide, and arise on very floriferous plants. Earlybird Cardinal™ sets 6 or more fans per plant, instead of the usual 2 to 3, so you get twice the blooms and then some. The first flush is in late spring, repeating steadily into early autumn. That's an amazing show for any perennial!
These blooms are lovely, saturated wtih light red color and starred with a chartreuse throat. The edges of each petal are pie-crusted, creating a stylish look that is repeated by the many dozen as the season progresses.
Earlybird Cardinal™ reaches about 21 inches high, a butterfly and hummingbird magnet in the sunny garden. Like all daylilies, it is left alone by most pests, highly disease-resistant, and tolerant of adversity from dry soil to heat and humidity. Easy to grow, easier to fall in love with, it's a must-have! This diploid keeps its foliage through winter in most areas, making it a good choice for the foundation and other high-visibility spots. Zones 4-9.
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|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||21 in|
|Plant Width||18 in - 24 in|
|Bloom Size||4 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions, Season Extenders|
|Bloom Color||Light Red|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
- Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.
- If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.
- Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.
- Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.
- Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.
- Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.
- Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.
- Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.
- Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.
- If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
- Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Set plants 12 to 18 inches apart. Choose a sunny or lightly shaded location (many varieties, including the pastels, prefer partial shade as they tend to fade in direct sun), and in soil that is well-drained and moisture-retentive – but not likely to become waterlogged.
Water well during periods of drought; we also recom mend a summer mulch to conserve moisture. Annual applications of a fertilizer high in phosphates are also recommended. If slugs pose a problem, apply slug bait around the crowns just before or as shoots begin to emerge. Cut flower stems after blooming. Divide reblooming types every 2 years.
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