Strutter’s Ball Daylily will steal the show with its 6-inch cranberry-purple flowers with lemon-green throats! This midseason bloomer carries its large flowers high above the foliage, allowing the use of lower perennials to create layered textures. Extended blooms will last up to 16 hours each. A tetraploid selection.
Use Strutter’s Ball Daylily in mass plantings for best results. Be sure to leave them room to fill out as the plant will spread. As a tough, reliably flowering perennial, Strutter’s Ball Daylily is an excellent choice for restricted urban spaces with poor soils and pollution where few other plants will reliably grow. It also functions well on slopes where erosion is a concern.
The large, showy flowers of Strutter’s Ball 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 Strutter’s Ball 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 Strutter’s Ball 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.
Strutter’s Ball 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. 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.
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.
Tetraploid daylilies, like Strutter’s Ball Daylily, 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 get their name from their flowering habit. A single flower will last one day, opening in the morning and withering at night. However, the plants produce huge quantities of flower buds and the spent flowers are quickly replaced the following day.
Pair Strutter’s Ball Daylily with miniature cultivars like Stella D’Oro Daylily or Happy Returns Daylily for a layered effect. Alternatively, use low perennials like Rozanne Geranium, Marcus™ Salvia, or Moonshine Yarrow to vary color and texture.