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Daylily 'Paper Butterfly'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Paper Butterfly
Hybridized by Morss
Registered or introduced: 1983
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

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):

Lenington All-American Award (or runner-up)

Don C. Stevens Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Waterbury, Connecticut

Cornelia, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Williamsville, Illinois

South Bend, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Falmouth, Maine

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Fairfax, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Sandown, New Hampshire

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Lexington, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Kingsport, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2009, tmm313 from Cornelia, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Last year I wasn't overly impressed. But.... this year it came up with a vengeance and a point to prove. It has been spectacular!! I've never seen larger blooms with such true color!


On Jun 12, 2008, lilyq from Fairfax, MN wrote:

bought this plant because of the picture in pot...cream color with purple eye. Was disappointed when it was orange with purple eye...should have checked on this website before I bought it. It's very slow to increase in MN


On Oct 2, 2003, pigeon1943 from Harwinton, CT wrote:

Not impressed. I believe over rated -a good hardy plant, but unimpressive flower, to me anyway. I see it as a weak color, like a dying, fading flower. My "New Testament" , next to it is far superior to me.


On Jun 15, 2003, yogaman from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

1987 - Don C. Stevens Award, Best Eyed Cultivar
1998 - Lenington All-American Award
Parentage:[(Seedling X Chicago Two Bits) X Thais] X Silver Veil X [(Knavex X Chicago Mist) X Chicago Mist]


On Jan 27, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has 6" peach blooms with a violet eye, 24" scapes.


On Jul 16, 2002, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

A++++++++++++++++ This hybrid has incredible form! Always anxious for her first blooms, but they come in mid summer here in the north.