Daylily 'Christmas Is'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Christmas Is
Hybridized by Yancy
Registered or introduced: 1979
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

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

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

South China, Maine

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Auburn, New Hampshire

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Coshocton, Ohio

Felicity, Ohio

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Marion, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 27, 2009, FrillyLily from springfield area, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

this plant was slow to increase for me, and just didn't do anything much. a few blooms. and did rebloom, beautiful bloom-love the lime green throat that comes way out. Finally tossed it on the compost though after waiting 3 years.


On Jul 9, 2006, ron_rothman from (Zone 6a) wrote:

gorgeous flowers. we divided these in the spring and they're blooming nicely this summer.


On Feb 19, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Christmas Is, Introduced by Yancy, 1979. This was given to me by an elderly lady who still gardens a LOT. The color is a very bright red, almost a 'candy apple' color with a green throat. A very nice daylily.


On Aug 4, 2004, Rootsie from Fredericton

Absolutely the truest red colour of any daylily I've seen yet. No muddiness at all. It has made it through at least one nasty Zone 4 winter (-40) in my garden.


On Jun 28, 2003, bob47 from Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

This is our favorite daylily, one plant given to us from best friends. My photos don't do the reds & greens justice.
Amazingly brilliant, what else can I say.


On Feb 3, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

4.5" red blooms with a chartreuse throat,Yancy 1979