Daylily 'Mary Todd'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Todd
Hybridized by Fay
Registered or introduced: 1967
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24-36 in. (60-90 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

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Stout Silver Medal

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:

Little Rock, Arkansas

Leesburg, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Homewood, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Clive, Iowa

Lisbon, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas (2 reports)

Ewing, Kentucky

Hazard, Kentucky

Ferriday, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Lebanon, Maine

Edgewater, Maryland

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Clawson, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Fulton, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kernersville, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Aurora, Ohio

Felicity, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Spring, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Holmen, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin (2 reports)

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin

Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 10, 2012, firecracker from Montrose, PA (Zone 4b) wrote:

Clumps rapidly. I've divided and moved it and it just keeps on blooming here in Zone 4 of the north PA hills.


On Apr 16, 2010, MollyJane from Ravenna, OH wrote:

The best gold daylily. Long blooming season. No fancy markings, just a giant clump of color which is visible from a great distance. Clumps increase rapidly.


On Jul 31, 2008, akey from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Out of my 30 different daylilies, THIS one is my favorite! SO SHOWY......It's the focal point of my whole front yard. If I could find another performer like this one in another beautiful color, I'd buy it in a minute. Plant is COVERED w/flowers every day and it blooms for such a long time.


On Mar 28, 2008, dkaise from Aurora, OH wrote:

This is a great, reliable plant in my zone 5 garden. Grows into huge clumps, with large flowers that are a nice light golden yellow, with good substance. They have a nice long bloom season.


On Jun 16, 2007, sillybug5 from Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love Mary Todd. The substance, shape and size and foliage habit is stunning. Get alot of comments from garden visitors on this one. A stately beauty with prolific bloom over a long period. Couldn't be without it.


On Jul 2, 2006, dwarfconifer from Boyds, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Good color & substance, very tolerant of wet weather, and flowers fade gracefully. A real winner.


On Feb 22, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice big golden yellow flowers on tall stems. Hardy here and grows well.


On Nov 6, 2005, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

1974 Richard C. Peck Memorial Award Winner


On Mar 15, 2005, sybiltwo from Excelsior, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Once this plant reaches clump strength, there's no stopping it. Though not listed as a rebloomer (to my knowledge) it is one of the first to bloom in my zone 4 garden and just keeps going until late in the season. What a pleasant surprise and pretty bright yellow color.


On May 16, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

O.Fay 1967