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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis '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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral FrillyLily 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.

Positive ron_rothman 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.

Positive TBGDN 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.

Positive Rootsie 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.

Positive bob47 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.

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

4.5" red blooms with a chartreuse throat,Yancy 1979


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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