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Re: purple hems


Probably the reason they are a mainstay of roadsides begins in the early 60s. I was in USDA's Ag Research division, then and our sister division, Soil Conservation Service, was promoting them to control roadside erosion and, in some cases, supplying the plants.

On Sunday, August 22, 2004, at 04:48 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

Kitty, I'm not a hemerocallis person, though I wish I could be. I can't
grow them any
more because of the deer - used to have a pretty good collection years ago
before the
deer became so numerous. I did try to do a little research on the question,
and
discovered a few interesting facts. First of all, Hemerocallis are not
listed as wildflowers
in any of the standard references, including the encyclopedic Wildflowers of
the World
even though they grow wild along roadsides in this area - or did before the
deer
population explosion.
In 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, by Diana Wells, I found this
info:
"They were named by Linnaeus, and the names "fulva" for the tawny lily and
"flava"
for the lemon lily are rare instances where he named specific plants by the
color of
their flowers." I would conclude from this that the common "roadside"
daylily is
the H. fulva, and the 'Europa' is a cultivar. I'd probably go with Jim and
call them all
H. fulva cultivars.
Wells says that the large tetraploid dayliles are created with the help of
colchicine,
an extract of the autumn crocus or Colchicum.
She also reports that the young leaves, when eaten, are said to be slightly
intoxicating, and that the Chinese (the plant originally came from China)
called it "the plant of forgetfulness" as it was supposed to help ally sorrow by
causing forgetfulness. Perhaps your friend who is confused about the species
and cultivars has been sampling the young leaves too freely.
Auralie


In a message dated 08/22/2004 3:12:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
I'm hoping Chris and Auralie and other hem people will put in their 2 cents.


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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Zone 10a
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