Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Daylily flowersDaylily leavesThe Daylily plant has unspotted, tawny blossoms that open for 1 day only. It has long, swordlike, green basal leaves. Its root is a mass of swollen and elongated tubers.  Its flowers are orange-red with a pale central line.  The fruit is a three-valved capsule which splits open at maturity to release its seeds.

Where to Find: Daylilies are found worldwide in tropic and temperate zones. They are grown as a vegetable in the Orient and as an ornamental plant elsewhere.

Edible Parts: The young green leaves are edible raw or cooked. Tubers are also edible raw or cooked. You can eat its flowers raw, but they taste better cooked. You can also fry the flowers for storage.

Note: Eating excessive amounts of raw flowers may cause diarrhea.

Daylily flower

Grouping of Daylily flowers

Daylily in the wild

Drawing of Daylily and its components

Color drawing of Daylily and its components