The scientific name for daylily is Hemerocallis, which means "day beauty." This is a fitting name because each flower on this lovely plant lasts for only a day. However, flowers come by the hundred during the hot summer months common to Alabama. Daylilies should not be confused with real lilies. Daylilies are a much tougher plant and grow well even in poor soil. These tall perennials have sturdy stems and have been bred to come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The daylily is an ideal flower to grow in Alabama because this state is known for its pleasant, year-round weather and its relatively long growing season.
Plant daylilies in groups, utilizing moist soil that has been well-drained. Choose an area of the yard or garden that receives full sun. Full sun does not usually pose a problem for growing daylilies in Alabama because even during the hottest month of July, temperatures in this state generally remain in the 90s during the day and drop down in the 70s in the evenings. Daylilies can also be grown in partial shade, but be aware that these vigorous plants produce fewer blooms when planted in light shade.
Fertilize daylilies grown in Alabama sparingly. Overfertilizing can cause the grasslike leaves to grow much too profusely, as well as reduce flower production. Provide mulch using pine needles, pine bark or leaves to create a layer that is 2 to 3 inches thick.
Try daylilies in a salad. These flowers are edible and have a crunchy texture that is sweet and somewhat onionlike.
Real lilies are poisonous and should not be eaten.