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Hemerocallis minor - Mill.

Common Name Grassleaf Day Lily, Small daylily
Family Hemerocallidaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Large quantities of the leaves are said to be hallucinogenic. Blanching the leaves removes this hallucinatory component[205]. (This report does not make clear what it means by blanching, it could be excluding light from the growing shoots or immersing in boiling water[K].)
Habitats Water meadows, elevated wet places with sandy soils, forest glades, mountain slopes and scrub[74].
Range E. Asia - N. China, Korea.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Hemerocallis minor Grassleaf Day Lily, Small daylily


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hemerocallis minor is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

H. gracilis. H. graminae. H. graminifolia.

Habitats

Cultivated Beds;  Dappled Shade;  Meadow;  Sunny Edge;  Woodland Garden.

Water meadows, elevated wet places with sandy soils, forest glades, mountain slopes and scrub[74].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young shoots - cooked[2, 20, 46, 61, 183]. They must be consumed when very young or else they become fibrous[K]. One report says that eating these leaves appears to stimulate or intoxicate to some extent[2]. Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[2, 20, 46, 61]. Considered to be a great delicacy[177]. The flowers are a traditional food in China where they are steamed and then dried[266]. The flowers can be dried and used as a relish or a thickener in soups etc[178, 183]. The flower buds contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein[205]. Root - raw or cooked[183, 205]. A radish-like flavour but not so sharp[205].

Medicinal Uses



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Anodyne;  Antidote;  Cancer;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge.

Anodyne, antidote, diuretic, febrifuge[178]. The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning[205]. The root also has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer - extracts from the roots have shown antitumour activity[218]. A tea made from the boiled roots is used as a diuretic[205].

Other Uses

Weaving.

The tough dried foliage is plaited into cord and used for making footwear[205].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[1], including dry ones, preferring a rich moist soil and a sunny position[111] but tolerating partial shade[88]. Plants flower less freely in a shady position though the flowers can last longer in such a position[205]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in short grass if the soil is moist[1]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[200]. A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[187]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. A very ornamental plant, its roots are slender and not tuberous, whilst the rhizomes are not spreading[187]. The roots sometimes have bulbous swellings at their tips[205]. The flowers open in the evening and live for about 2 days[205]. The flowers have a powerful scent of honeysuckle[245]. Plants take a year or two to become established after being moved[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. The plants are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, the young growth in spring is especially at risk[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow in the middle of spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[K]. Division in spring or after flowering in late summer or autumn[200]. Division is very quick and easy, succeeding at almost any time of the year[K]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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