How to Tell the Difference Between Lilies and Daylilies

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Difference Between Lilies and Daylilies

Common flower names can be one of the most attractive and colorful aspects of gardening, but they can also be confusing. One man's trout lily is another's dogtooth violet. We would all hate to lose the sentimental charm of common plant names, but sometimes it helps to know the Latin or botanical name, too. One of those times is when trying to differentiate true lilies (Lilium) from daylilies (Hemerocallis).

Although lilies are almost always called lilies, many of us casually refer to lilies simply as lilies as well. For the most part, who cares?

However, if you are looking for a particular plant, or if you are researching how to grow the plant you have, or perhaps wondering why your lilies die when you cut them to bring them, you will need to know the difference. and lilies. Fortunately, it's easy to tell the two plants apart by looking at the leaves, flower stalks, and how they grow.

Spotting a Daylily (Hemerocallis)

The leaves are a dead indication of which plant you have. Water lilies have long, flat, strip-shaped leaves that grow in tufts at the top of the plant, at the ground line. Lilies grow from about a foot tall to four feet tall.

Lilies also grow from thick tuberous roots that snap easily.

Lilies are popular with hybridizers and there are over 30,000 named varieties. Each flower blooms for only one day, so lilies are not good cut flowers. The name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words "Hemera" which means day and "kallos" which means beauty. The flowers grow on thin stems, or landscapes, that grow from the base of the plant. Leaks can have multiple ramifications.

The older varieties had to be slaughtered every day to keep them in flower. Younger hybrids tend to disintegrate. Most plants have several buds that will bloom over time.

If you look closely at the flower, you will see that six petals are in two layers of three. The first three are the actual petals. The bottom three are sepals. The center of the flower, the throat, is usually a contrasting color. Each flower has six or seven stamens and an additional two-lobed anther. Lily flowers come in a variety of shapes, including circular, triangular, double, ruffled, star-shaped, and spider-shaped.

Spotting a Lily (Lilium)

All true lilies are grown from an overlapping scale bulb. There are about 100 species of lilies, but lilies are generally defined by their classification, such as Asian, Oriental, and martagon (Turkish cap).

They have an unbranched central stem that grows from the lily bulb, with flower buds that form at the top of the stem. The leaves grow along the entire stem, in whorls or spirals. Lilies can grow from about 30 meters in height to 3 meters in height.

Lilies always have six petals and six anthers. Each flower lasts for a week or more. Royal lilies are popular cut flowers. The lower shoots of the stem will open first and the remaining shoots will open sequentially to the upper shoots. If you bring your lilies indoors, consider removing the anthers from them. Thick pollen can stain anything it falls on or touches.

Lily flowers also come in a variety of shapes, including trumpet-shaped, bowl-shaped, funnel-shaped, and curved.

While there are several differences between the two flowers, all you really need to look for is the growth habit of the stems and leaves. Multiple stems with tied leaves protruding from the base of the plant are always a day lily. A single stem with rotating leaves is always a true lily.

What’s a Tiger Lily?

There is a bit more confusion between the common names of lilies and that is the tiger lily. Tiger lily is a common name given to a true lily (Lilium) that has bright orange flowers speckled with dark brown spots, resembling the color of a tiger.

The flowers are orange or reddish-orange in color and have dark brown spots covering the petals. The petals of the tiger lily curve back and the entire flower falls downward.

There is an orange lily that has also naturalized along the roads. Many people refer to these lilies as tiger lilies, but they were not the plant originally designated as tiger lily. These orange roadside lilies have their own less flattering common name, lilies.

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Source: Missouri Botanical Garden

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