Chicago Apache Daylily stands out with its midseason 5-inch bright scarlet-red flowers with vivid yellow throats and slightly ruffled edges. Its flower color won’t fade in sun and it possesses the drought resistance of other Hemerocallis cultivars. A tetraploid selection.
Use Chicago Apache in mass plantings or erosion control. Be sure to leave them room to fill out as the plant will spread. As a tough, reliably flowering perennial, Chicago Apache is an excellent choice for restricted urban spaces with poor soils and pollution where few other plants will reliably grow.
The large flowers of Chicago Apache Daylily will attract a wide variety of hummingbirds and butterflies, although this plant is not of significant importance to any species.
The spent flowers of Chicago Apache Daylily can be deadheaded to keep the plant looking tidy. The dead flower stalks, called scapes, can be pulled once they’ve completely dried. In spring, the leaves and stalks of last year can be cleaned up to keep your bed tidy.
While drought tolerant, watering Chicago Apache Daylily during drought will keep the foliage full and attractive. In periods of low moisture, some foliage may brown out and become unattractive. These damaged parts of the plant can be removed once supplemental water has been provided.
Chicago Apache Daylily should be divided every 3 years in spring to improve flowering and reduce crowding. Dig up the clump, remove ½ to ¾ of the mass, and replant the remaining portion. Water well after replanting to develop a healthy, deep root system.
Daylilies are generally pest and disease free. Rust, mites, aphids, and thrips may occur, but these problems are exceedingly rare. Slugs and snails are an occasional nuisance, but in general, Daylilies will be happy and healthy as long as they are able to establish and receive adequate sunlight.
The flower buds are tasty fodder for deer, especially in periods of drought when other food sources may be unavailable. If excessive browsing is problematic, a repellent spray or fence may be used to protect the flower buds.
While the Daylily Rust fungus is of concern in southern states, the fungus has not been observed to successfully survive our cold winters in the Midwest.
Daylilies are put into one of three categories depending on their flower size; miniature daylilies, that have flowers that are 3 inches or less in size; small daylilies, which have flowers that are between 3 and 4 ½ inches; and Large daylilies, with flowers greater than 4 ½ inches in size.
Tetraploid daylilies, like Chicago Apache, have twice the chromosomes of a standard diploid daylily. These plants have sturdier scapes (flower stalks) and tepals (sepals and petals) than their diploid counterparts. Tetraploids also have more flower color variety than triploid or diploid daylilies.
Daylilies are native to Asia and Central Europe and were brought to North America as a hardy ornamental. While over 55,000 registered cultivars exist, no one has successfully created a cultivar with pure blue or white flowers. The current focus of many selection and hybridization programs is to develop cultivars with better hardiness and unique flower traits. With so many cultivars available, we try to stock only those cultivars that have proven themselves in our climate and soils.
Pair Chicago Apache Daylily with Russian Sage for contrasting texture. Border with smaller stature perennials like Stella D’Oro Daylily, Little Grapette Daylily, Rozanne Geranium, or Moonshine Yarrow. Make sure the plants have enough room to fill out to their full size.