Hemerocallis fulva L.
Family - Liliaceae
Stems - Aerial stems to 1.5m tall, simple, green, glabrous, herbaceous, erect, terete.
Stem and bract.
Leaves - Alternate, basal, to 1m long, 3cm wide, glabrous, entire, linear. Leaves of the upper stem reduced to small bracts.
Inflorescence - Terminal, paired panicles.
Flowers - Perianth red-orange with yellowish base and light midrib, recurved, to +12cm long and broad, joined at base into short tube. Petals 3. Sepals 3, slightly smaller than petals. Stamens 6. Style 1.
Flowering - May - August.
Habitat - Mostly cultivated. Also found along roadsides.
Origin - Native to Eurasia.
Other info. - This is the
species from which hundreds to thousands of cultivars have been grown.
Luckily the cultivated plants are sterile but they do spread by means of
underground stolons and form large colonies.
Photographs taken in the Honey Creek Conservation Area, MO., 6-14-03.