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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Circus Maximus'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Circus Maximus
Hybridized by Apps; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Semi-evergreen (sev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive asturnut On Jun 19, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

I bought Circus Maximus directly from Dr. App's nursery in NJ and it did quite well for me. It's was moderately prolific plant for me in hot Southern New Jersey and seemed to flourish when most of my other daylilies had petered out. The color for me was NOT mauve in anyway... more of a rosey melon (orange undertones) with a dark rose (orange undertones) eye. As such, it didn't make much of an impact from a distance.... except to provide some color when the rest of the garden was waning in the smothering summer heat.

Neutral DaylilyDiva219 On Jan 17, 2008, DaylilyDiva219 from Falls Church, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a subjective opinion, because I really liked "Circus Maximus" when it bloomed for me the first year I had it (2006). However, for some reason, it didn't survive a winter in which almost all my other cultivars did. So I didn't have it for the 2007 growing season. I did get another plant to replace it, but it was very small, and didn't bloom, so I hope to update this report for the coming season. It's worth a try, but I suspect it wouldn't be viable much below Zone 7. Or if you do want to give it a shot, maybe try to put it in a warmer microclimate/protected spot in your garden? That's what I plan to do.

Neutral Melissa_Ohio On Apr 17, 2005, Melissa_Ohio from Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Apps, 1997


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Millville, New Jersey

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