This time of year, the ditches in my area are filled with a certain lily.
Orange daylilies or tawny daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) are either loved or despised depending on who you talk to.
I have some in my flower bed. I don’t remember planting them there but they appeared and multiplied with great enthusiasm. I’ve dug them up, gave many away and thrown some in the ditch by the county road expecting them to wither and die.
As a matter of fact, they thrived. They bloomed. They multiplied with great enthusiasm. Which is how they earned their common name of ditch lily.
I’ve always thought of these flowers as a native, old fashioned, pass-along plant handed down from generation to generation.
Turns out Hemerocallis fulva is an invasive species from Asia. The tawny daylily escaped someone’s garden way back in time and has been seen multiplying all over the U. S of A.
I, for one, am on the fence about this one. On one hand, they are virtually impossible to kill. They have a pretty orange flower and get tall enough to be a good plant for the back of the border.
On the other hand, the root system is so intense it can hardly be divided without leaving a trace of a root behind.
And that’s all they need to multiply with great enthusiasm again.