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Hemerocallis Red Rum

Day lily

Unusually large and striking flowers

A strong, compact daylily with exceptionally large blooms over a longer period than most daylilies. From early summer strong stems carrying carry clusters of fat buds emerge from a clump of slender green leaves. These open in succession to large, trumpet shaped blooms with cherry-red petals, gold in the throats and lighter down the rib of each petal. The individual flowers may be short lived, but as they fade they are followed by more and more blooms. Waves of flowers are produced throughout summer.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade in beds and borders. Excellent with hellebores which add interest in winter. Lovely with grasses in a prairie scheme.


Any reasonably fertile soil that is not too dry. No support required. Pick off faded flowers to keep tidy and removed foliage and flower stems when they die down in winter.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available June - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, City garden

Typically available

From June to September