Daylilies have been known to man since ancient times, and Karl Linnaeus was the first to describe these perennials and give them their scientific name. Hemerocallis is from the Latin Hemera – day, and Callos – beauty.
But this disadvantage is made up for in full by the fact that more and more flowers bloom to replace the wilted ones. On a mature shrub of an abundantly flowering variety, the number of flowers can reach 100 or more! This species peculiarity, by the way, can also be traced in many European languages, where the lily leaf literally translates as “daylily”, for example, daylily, taglilien, French collectors write hemerocalles, there is even daglelie. But it all means one thing: a daylily, a daylily. It’s a good name, because it also has a visual resemblance both the visual resemblance to the lily and the fact that the lily flower’s lifespan is one day.
Daylilies we have grown accustomed to are of hybrid origin. The number of varieties grows like a snowball: at the beginning of the last century there were a few dozen of them, and in 1997 the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) registered over 42,000 varieties in the world. At the end of 2006 their number had almost doubled!