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This is a small genus of only about 15 species but these are supplemented by thousands of cultivars. The name day lily comes from the fact that each individual flower only lasts for a day. However there are always plenty of more buds waiting to open and so there is a continuous supply of flowers over a several week period in summer. The flowers are shaped like trumpet-shaped lilies, hence the second part of their name. In most modern cultivars the trumpets are well flared, often displaying stripes or blotches inside their throats. Their colours are mainly variations of yellow and orange but these also tip over into reds, browns and pinks. The flowers are carried on tall stiff stems that emerge from a fountain of strap-like leaves. Even when out of flower day lilies make good foliage plants in the border. They can be used in a wide range of herbaceous and mixed border. They prefer sun, although many will also grow in partial shade. They really need a moist soil with plenty of well-rotted organic material in it and will not do so well in dry soils. Increase by division in late-autumn or early-spring.

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