We are incredibly excited to be one of the first wholesale growers in the US to offer the new JERSEY EARLYBIRD™ Series EARLYBIRD CARDINAL™ from Dr. Darrel Apps. A true breakthrough in daylily breeding, this is the first red, very early blooming, hardy daylily.
Retailers will love how plants grown in greenhouses will show good color as early as late May, when shops are filled with eager customers. In the ground, this daylily typically starts to bloom in mid-June which is several weeks earlier than most cultivars. Plants can rebloom up to 4 times per year, showing nearly 100 days of color in zone 6.
EARLYBIRD CARDINAL™ produces 4” wide, watermelon red flowers with a pie crust edge and chartreuse throat. It is documented to produce 6 or more fans per season compared to 2-3 fans produced on an average daylily. It also tends to produce more than one flower scape per fan, so the plants quickly grow to form a highly floriferous, robust clump. This is a valuable trait for landscapers, retailers, and home gardeners alike who all enjoy a quick return on their investment.
This evergreen daylily has proven to be hardy in zones 4-9 thus far; it may prove to be hardier after further testing. Evergreen diploid.
Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees (not affected by juglone).