Tuesday, May 1, 2012

True Lilies vs Daylilies

During February of 2012 members of the Mid America Regional Lily Society had the opportunity to enter an Educational Display at the St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show.  This show is one of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America. More than 500 exhibitors and 1,800 booths filled the America's Center and Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.  It's been in existence for more than 30 years and is the place for consumers to see, compare and buy everything they need for their homes and gardens.

The annual flower show at this event is sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc. which is recognized as the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.  Our educational display received a blue ribbon and remained on display throughout the St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show.

The big question is "What is a Lily?"  Since daylilies are very popular in our gardens, we thought it would be a good theme for our educational display to compare "True Lilies vs Daylilies".  We hope that the following chart, from our educational display, can offer some assistance with this dilemma.


LILIUM

ONE STEM

LEAVES ALL THE WAY UP STEM

FLOWERS BLOOM
FOR MANY DAYS

MANY ARE FRAGRANT

ONE FOOT TO
 SEVEN FEET TALL

HEMEROCALLIS

CAN HAVE MULTIPLE STEMS

LEAVES AT BASE OF PLANT

FLOWER BLOOMS
 FOR ONE DAY

SELDOM FRAGRANT

ONE FOOT TO
FOUR FEET TALL



--By Pam Hardy

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