Clara Daylily is one of the most vigorous growers we have seen in sometime - nice full, thick sturdy blades of bright green blade like foliage. Bursts quickly into life in early spring, and provides a good number of extremely large rose pink blooms that average a whopping 5" in diameter!! Blooms have a slight melon colored tinge to them, but are mostly a soft rosy pink color, and have a golden colored throat. Clara is a early to mid season bloomer - mid May thru mid June being their peak here in East TN. Known to be a great re-bloomer, Clara is sure to please with additional waves of blooms periodically throughout the season......just not as heavy as during their normal peak blooming time.
Foliage is semi-evergreen in warmer climates, but will look rather rough during the winter months.........and will go completely dormant in colder climates. We actually suggest trimming, or "mowing" the foliage back to a height of about 3 or 4 inches at the end of the fall season. This way, the foliage can have a fresh, new start when spring rolls around, and will look its absolute best all season long.
Very low maintenance - not a daylily variety that needs to be babied at all, lol. We brought this variety into our Daylily selection due to the combination of unusual color, and extremely large bloom size........but have been pleasantly surprised at just how well Clara has performed for us in overall toughness & vigor.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height :
foliage up to 16" ( blooms extend slightly higher - to around 18" inches or so )
--Mature Width :
18 - 20 inches
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast - semi evergreen in warmer zones / dormant in colder zones
--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 10
--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - prefers 4 - 6 hrs of sun per day
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly sandy - well drained with good organic content
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Bright green grass-like foliage much like that of Liriope grass, except much lighter, brighter green in color. Blades are very wide, and fan shaped at the very base of the plant. This daylily variety goes completely dormant during winter in most all climates. Semi evergreen in warmer climates.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
A very unusual pinkish / melon colored bloom with a golden yellow throat. Large bloom size - 5" diameter on average. Clara is known to be an excellent re-bloomer. Produces sporadic blooms all season long even after it's peak blooming period.
--Diseases / Insects :
No serious damage from pests have been noted, although occasional battles with common garden pests ( aphids, snails, slugs, etc ) are always a possibility.
--Recommended Spacing :
20" - 24" apart for most border type plantings.
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.