|AT A GLANCE--
LIGHT/EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade...best bloom potential in 6 hours of direct sun
or more per day
HEIGHT: 30-36 inches in bloom
SPREAD: 18-24 inches in two years
LEAVES: Long, strap like; resembling a wide-bladed clump of grass when not in
bloom; 1 - 1 1/2 inches wide and up to 24 inches in length; medium
green; leaves sometimes appear slightly creased along the midrib
BLOOM TIME: 2-4 weeks; bloom usually begins in late June to early July
FLOWER COLOR: Bright carmine red with yellow at the throat; flowers average 4-6 inches
BLOOM HABIT: Flowers are held above the foliage in clusters borne on leafless stems
called scapes. Flowers can bloom 1-3 at a time per scape
GROWTH RATE: Medium; while certainly no slouch, it has not exhibited the stoloniferous
growth habit and rapid spread of its more common ancestors
GROWTH HABIT: Leaves form inside each other, giving a fan-like appearance; habit is
clumped, no production of underground runners (stolons) observed
It's difficult to imagine any garden that doesn't include at least one variety of daylily, be it the
old "ditch lily," the better-known and widely used 'Stella de Oro,' or one of the hundreds of
newer hybrids and cultivars available. Daylilies are versatile, undemanding, and among the
hardiest of garden plants available. Here are some pointers about 'Anzac':
-Following the old common "ditch lily," and the 'Stella de Oro,' 'Anzac' is the first to bloom
in my yard...sometimes within days of the end of the bloom of my Siberian Iris.
-This selection is a true shower. The flower is large and a very vivid red...which is not a very
common color in perennials hardy to the north.
-'Anzac,' like other daylilies, can tolerate some shade. Bear in mind, though, that its shade
tolerance can, and usually does, come at the cost of having fewer blooms, and those it does
produce can be of lower quality. Best performance occurs in locations with at least 6-8 hours
of sun daily.
-'Anzac,' like other daylilies, is not very choosy as to the site in which it's planted. It's
drought resistant, after it's established, and it can tolerate occasional moisture excesses, like
we typically get in the spring.
-Maintenance of daylilies is pretty minimal. Perhaps one feeding in the spring with a
slow-release fertilizer, removal of yellowed or dead leaves once in a while, and removal of
bloom stems after flowering has finished. This is one plant that won't need your attention
every other day.
-The common name, daylily, obviously refers to the habit of each flower to remain open for
one day. This perhaps somewhat less than desirable trait is more than offset by the number of
blooms each stem produces. Individual flowers are short-lived, but the plant blooms 2-4
weeks on average...like most perennials.
-While many newer varieties of daylilies carry a scent in the flowers, this one doesn't have any
scent to speak of...but it's pretty much unrivaled when it comes to getting something red in
your yard in the early to mid summer.
-Please note: slight variances in how this plant behaves may occur in your situation, based on
weather and growing conditions in your area. My observations were made in a clay-based
garden in Zone 5.