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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Pandora's Box'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Pandora's Box
Hybridized by Talbott; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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 midseason (EM)
Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:
Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:
Evergreen (ev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Junior Citation

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13 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On Jul 24, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Pandora's Box is a good bloomer, fragrant, and very very pretty. It's definitely one of my favorites.

Positive hornetstingme On Apr 27, 2013, hornetstingme from Bountiful, UT wrote:

(zone 6a) Pandora's Box is another outstanding performer.
Blooms Consistently Every Year. Good Increaser. I have been growing this plant for five years now.

Neutral MrsOrr On Aug 9, 2010, MrsOrr from Eustis, FL wrote:


I have four beautiful pandoras in the front of my house and growing around the windows. The two on the outsides are healthy and doing great! The two in the middle are slowly turning yellow (the leaves) what could be wrong??

Positive nwh On Oct 17, 2009, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

This daylily really surprised me because I temporarily moved it into a shady spot by the house, I didn't think it would bloom there but it did and was stunning, actually it did better there than in the full sun where I had it before. It really brightened up a dull spot by the entry where I had only hostas grow before. You can't go wrong with this one.

Positive kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Truly this one was a Pandora's Box for me...
I needed to get into collecting another plant like I needed a hole in the head. But I bought it at the urgings, nay, insistance of the charming salesgirl who works at my fave nursery five years ago.
I'd always kinda thought daylilies were tacky...but looking into her eyes I let go of all reservations and let myself be swept away.
We've been very happy ever since.
The lily and I.
The first two years it was pretty, but nothing amazing, the third year.
WOW. I had 32 blooms on my clump in a single day.
And somehow more daylilies keep finding their way into my garden since then. But Pandora's Box is one of the best.

Positive montsho On Jun 8, 2007, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Nice looking flower. The eye on mine is not as solid as some others I have seen but I was shocked by the diamond dusting.

Positive vossner On May 21, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

very reliable, reblooms and holds its color well

Positive Bellisgirl On Feb 6, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Deffinantly one of my favorite daylilies. It is a smaller daylily, and perfect for the front of the border. Quickly forms a nice clump. Lovely creamy white flowers with a purple center. It has a very long blooming period too. Love it!

Positive Sherlock221 On Oct 29, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

This is a lovely daylily that blooms for a long period. I am growing it with great success in part shade and the lovely near white coloring really pops in shade. The dark plum eye is gorgeous in contrast to the pale petals. The plant has nice, dark green leaves and has multiplied rapidly. A very reliable daylily -- highly recommend.

Positive TBGDN On Feb 25, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hybridized by Talbott, 1980. Great colors; good bloom habits; strong growth; very hardy here. Award Of Merit 1987, Annie T. Giles Award 1987.

Positive pirl On Jan 14, 2006, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Pandora's Box was one of our first daylilies and has expanded to a huge area. It's a lovely flower and isn't affected by heat or sun beating down the color. Still a favorite of ours.

Positive Cesca_B On Jul 22, 2004, Cesca_B from Henderson, KY wrote:

Pandora's Box has bloomed over and over again. At one point, I had 7 blooms on it, and that number was maintained for quite a while. Right now, I have three buds and am preparing for an end of July blooming.

Positive gregspam On Jul 17, 2003, gregspam from Dothan, AL wrote:

this one is a great rebloomer, i had 4 open at one time several times.

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

A real beauty does great in zone 6. Has 4" fragrant cream flowers with a purple eye, 19" scapes. Talbott (1980)


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

Dothan, Alabama
Gaylesville, Alabama
Bigelow, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Glen Avon, California
Long Beach, California
Sacramento, California
San Bernardino, California
San Jose, California
Denver, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Trenton, Florida
Blakely, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Roopville, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Thomson, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Yorkville, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Solsberry, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dayton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Henderson, Kentucky
Lancaster, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Hammond, Louisiana
Jackson, Louisiana
Trout, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Brown City, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Decatur, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Brunswick, Missouri
Perryville, Missouri
Auburn, New Hampshire
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Williamstown, New Jersey
Glens Falls, New York
Southold, New York
East Bend, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Grove City, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Hugo, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Collinsville, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Katy, Texas
Montgomery, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Vidor, Texas
Bountiful, Utah
Provo, Utah
Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin

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