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Daylily 'Night Wings'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Night Wings
Hybridized by Williams
Registered or introduced: 1985
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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 (E)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Evergreen (ev.)



Awards (if applicable):

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:

Rockland, Maine

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)

Kingsport, Tennessee

Falls Church, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 1, 2008, DaylilyDiva219 from Falls Church, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've had "Night Wings" for quite a few years - it was one of my earliest acquisitions. The deep, dark color definitely has to be seen to be believed. It really does look black, especially in light shade. It has bloomed faithfully for me in a less than optimum location in the garden, with slow, but steady increase.


On Oct 23, 2003, daredevil from Niagara Falls, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

NIGHT WINGS (Williams 85) 30" E (usually ML in zone 6 NY) 6" EV (acts DOR here, but is just as happy in FL where it was hybridized) TET black red self with yellow green throat (DOMINIC X ssedling). Mistakenly registered as a diploid. Often cited as the nearest to true black daylily to date.