Friday, June 11, 2010

Ditch Lilies

Poor, poor Hemerocallis fulva. It lacks a proper pedigree and is considered common, even an invasive foreigner.



But like most naturalized immigrants of hardy peasant stock it is here to stay.



It was introduced into the United States in the late 19th century as an ornamental.



I wonder how long this patch of ditch lilies has been living in this particular location.



There certainly is no reason not to enjoy what is.

8 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

Christoper,

You know you can eat the unopened buds of these lilies. I've cooked them with a little bacan grease just like green beans and they are yummy.

Jeff Branch said...

Just this evening I was talking to my wife about some "roadside" day lilies that are in too much shade. I mentioned moving them and she said, "naw, we should just dig them up and throw them in the woods." What do you think I should do? I don't know much about them.

Christopher C. NC said...

Randy I learned that they are edible while doing a little reading on them. Next time I go by I should have a plastic bag with me to harvest some.

Jeff daylilies do want full sun to bloom best, but unless you have sun to move them to or a plan for filling the empty space by tossing them in the woods, it may be best to just leave them be for now.

Lola said...

I think those "roadside" day lilies are very pretty. It would make for a nice leisurely drive is one could pass by these more often.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I didn't know they were introduced. I shouldn't be surprised since they are everywhere. I like seeing them. They do a good job of erosion control on difficult banks.

Carol said...

I like them, and put a little patch of them on the side of my house. They don't get much respect...

Anonymous said...

I used them to conceal a chain link fence (yeah I know,but we have a dog and the fence was already there). They spread but can be mowed back for control. I like them, personally.

bev

fairegarden said...

We wouldn't be without them, so tall and the color perfect.
Frances