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Lilies: Ditch Lily, Tiger Lily, or What?

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Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2010
7:46 AM

Post #7904874

These came with my house and for a couple years I promptly whacked them down every year when they popped up in the alley. I finally decided to move them to a flower bed and see what they actually were.

So, are they Ditch/Tiger Lilies or something else? Anybody know its cultivar?

Sigh, I whacked everything in sight those first couple years. Took me a awhile to figure out the naked ladies were not some strange form of mondo grass! You got to admit naked ladies foliage kinda looks like mondo grass.

Dawn

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2010
7:55 AM

Post #7904888

Hi Dawn, Those are Kwanso. They are the double Ditch Lily. They will take over where ever you put them so shouldn't be too close to others. BEV
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 21, 2010
6:34 PM

Post #7908894

Thanks dragonfly. I'll keep an eye on them. Why did the previous owner plant only stuff that likes to take over... Sigh.
dlefferts
Agawam, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2010
5:19 AM

Post #7909600

Dawn, the cultivar is mother nature. I use them as a ground cover. I love them because they came with my house also. I'll send some pictures of how I used them.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

August 24, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #8059771

I wish they came with MY house.
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #8060816

I am going to move them to a hill that I hate to mow. They can dominate all they want.
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 25, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #8060950

how do they do on hillsides? are they deep rooters?? something for erosion???
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2010
5:01 PM

Post #8061957

No problem with erosion. Just don't like push a mower on that hill.

Don't know how they will. Just one more of my experiments. I move stuff way too much. Sigh. But I'm slowly getting them in their perfect spots.
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 25, 2010
7:00 PM

Post #8062255

we have a lawn service...but if the Ditch Lilys would grow on the back hill I'd hope we wouldn't have to mow anymore...there's no sprinklers back there so they'd only have rain water...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2010
2:36 AM

Post #8062758

The ditch lilies here grow on a hill.There are spruce trees that define the property line on the down slope, I am whacking them back to keep a perennial garden from being invaded.
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 26, 2010
10:26 AM

Post #8063298

they wouldn't harm the Palm trees would they??? only place they could go would be down to the cow field...won't harm them either would they??

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2010
11:41 AM

Post #8063409

They are almost wild which meant they grow where they please. I doubt they will hurt anything.
Mine resemble a Hemerocallis rather than a lillium
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 26, 2010
6:34 PM

Post #8064264

sounds like the kinda plant I need then!!
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

August 26, 2010
7:37 PM

Post #8064434

Me, too! I've got a hill to try them on.
dlefferts
Agawam, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
5:31 AM

Post #8064925

The plants are totally safe. There are even recipes to cook them. They are a great filler for areas that you want to go a little wild but, look controlled. They do look like day lilies and grow stems about 36" high once established. I love them and used them as a point in my yard as my yard goes into the woods. They are one of my husbands favorite plants due to that they were in our yard when we moved in 19 years ago.
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
5:34 AM

Post #8064930

Ditch lilies are daylilies ~ it's just that they are the wild cousins to our more colorful (and preferred) cultivars.
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #8064935

OK, here is the corner of the hill that I'm going to start the Ditch Lilies in.

I sprayed it a second time last night to kill the bermuda. Will start digging the sod out in another week.

Dawn

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
5:41 AM

Post #8064938

If you arent in a hurry and dont want to dig sod.I recomend putting down wet newspapers and mulch for a year.Then dig in the spring,no need to remove sod, just go down thru the mulch for a hole where you want the Ditch L's
Unless your man doesnt mind the work.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

August 27, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #8065132

How tough are they? I mean, the little sloping area that I have in mind for them has an erosion problem, and even crownvetch has not done well on it. I need something TOUGH that is bound and determined to grow. (I will water them and feed them the first couple of years to help them get started.)
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
2:10 PM

Post #8065690

I had forgotten a chunk of ditchlilies in my garage(not heated), in a black plastic bag, for 18 months. Planted and it grew ~ is that tough enough? :)
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2010
3:06 PM

Post #8065762

ge1836 - LOL - "Unless your man doesnt mind the work." All the work that gets done in my yard is all powered by estrogen. I removed the sod for a semi-circular rock garden and the only thing HARDER and more BACKBREAKING was putting the rocks in there. But I did it.

I think your idea is a good one. I just have to move these Ditch Lilies this fall so I can (once again) move plants around. The Ditch Lilies have to move so the Irises can snuggle with the dayliles.

Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

August 27, 2010
7:26 PM

Post #8066229

Good heavens! That's not tough - that's miraculous!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2010
2:01 AM

Post #8075942

Estrogen is what I use here unless there is a craft needed that I cant do.I am talking about wireing and welding.
I have been using Roundup on an encroaching bunch of ditchlilies.
They keep marching on into my perennials.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 2, 2010
4:24 AM

Post #8076018

For the last week I've been using Round Up on some very aggressive Houttuynia Cordata 'Chameleon' in the high hopes of eradicating it. The one pot I bought many years ago has now expanded to at least 50' wide and 3' deep.

I noticed in the last few days that my vision was blurry, my hands were shaking to a frightening extent and I felt dizzy too much of the time so I investigated Round Up and this is part of what I found: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1R2GPEA_en&q=Round+Up+ingredients&btnG=Search

Please, if you use this product, wear safety glasses and a mask!

Do not use it if you are of child bearing age!

From now on I'll use vinegar to kill weeds.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

September 2, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #8076147

Good heavens. So scary. I had been tempted to use Round-Up on this awful Japanese stiltgrass weed that we have, but when I contacted the Scott's people they candidly told me that hand-pulling was better for this particular pest.
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 2, 2010
11:19 AM

Post #8076617

ge1836 - what does the ditch lilies look like that you are refusing to let become refugees onto your land?
dlefferts
Agawam, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #8077831

Thought you might like to see how I used the day lilies in an area that my husband didn't want to mow. They were here when we moved into the house. Every couple of years I have to weed the area-which it needs now.

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Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2010
4:54 AM

Post #8084931

dlefferts: That must be absolutely gorgeous when they are in bloom!
dlefferts
Agawam, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2010
3:37 PM

Post #8093393

Thanks, yes it is.

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