day·​lily | \ ˈdā-ˌli-lē How to pronounce daylily (audio) \

Definition of daylily

: any of various Eurasian perennial herbs (genus Hemerocallis) of the lily family that have short-lived flowers resembling lilies and are widespread in cultivation and as escapes

Examples of daylily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the one for Eula King of Ohio which notes her gardening prowess of growing hostas, daylilies and other plants King hoped friends would come and transplant into their own gardens. USA TODAY, "Experts share advice on writing a memorable obituary," 25 Mar. 2020 Hosta, grasses and daylily can produce six or more, while hollyhock and coral bells may only yield three. oregonlive, "What you need to know about dividing plants and replanting," 24 Mar. 2020 Proven fire-resistant plant species include daylilies, coneflowers, coreopsis, lavender and high-moisture succulents. Washington Post, "Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants," 4 Feb. 2020 Divide and replant any overcrowded perennials, including agapanthus, chrysanthemums, and daylilies. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 Then, overhaul your garden beds by following these tips: Dig up perennials, including daylilies and hostas, and divide them into three-stem groupings. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 The daylily in all its rich variety was once the perennial to plant for its seemingly endless supply of showy blooms in the gathering heat of early summer. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The hellebore: Popular, early and now in a dazzling variety," 15 Jan. 2020 So roses, delphiniums, chrysanthemums, daylilies, hydrangeas and tall phlox would also like that mulch of compost that the vegetables get. Washington Post, "Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake," 22 Oct. 2019 Also, a few of my daylilies are showing rust spots on the foliage. Dan Gill,, "There’s a simple solution for Knock Out roses with spotting," 4 May 2019

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First Known Use of daylily

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Daylily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of daylily

: a kind of plant that has long thin leaves and usually yellow or orange flowers that bloom for a short time

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