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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Malaysian Monarch'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Malaysian Monarch
Hybridized by Munson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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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:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)
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):
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Junior Citation

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Brahms On Jul 27, 2014, Brahms from Toronto
Canada wrote:

My Malaysian Monarch did not bloom with such an intense violet purple and lime green throat and I would love to see it do that!
My Malaysian Monarch just bloomed for the first time (third week of July, 2014) (just planted a month ago) in Toronto, Ontario in soil with a neutral ph level (7-ish), in an area of the garden receiving full sun for perhaps six hours a day. I was so disappointed to see it bloom reddish-burgundy!
The plant came from a reputable local grower here in Toronto (Arcadian Daylilies).

Thinking about the possible factors involved, it has also been hot during the days this summer (up to 27-28 degrees Celsius/80-82 degrees Fahrenheit) and cooler in the evenings, with some intermittent cool days.

I have read that bloom colour corresponds to nitrogen and potassium levels in some other flowers (e.g., chrysanthemums, as per a study by Joiner & Smith (1960) published in the Florida State Horticultural Society journal), for example at the lowest Nitrogen and Potassium levels, the colour of the blooms is the lightest. I haven't been able to find any reference to this anywhere on the web with resepct to daylilies. Could this be a factor for daylilies just like chrysanthemums? I understand from the article that nutrient deficiencies, especially nitrogen, are associated with increased anthocyanin in the plant tissues as well as the depletion of carbohydrates during summer heat waves....

For now, I am going to try an experiment with applying blood meal (12-0-0, a good nitrogen source) to the soil in which some of my daylilies are growing.

If anyone knows about this, I would be very interested to hear your thoughts! Thank you very much for your time!

Positive RobertWM On Nov 6, 2010, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Judging by the number of photos posted, this is quite a popular daylily and with quite good reason. It has increased mightily for me and blooms like crazy, putting on a great show every year. The large flowers are a clear two toned medium/light purple and everyone is attracted to it.

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

slow grower in MN for me..mine looks like the picture submitted by carolann. I did have a lot of buds on the stems in 2006

Positive poppysue On Jan 21, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Munson, RW 1986, 24" tall, Flowers 6" wide.

This is great purple and has done well for me in zone 5. It's quite striking in the garden.


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

Long Beach, California
Snellville, Georgia
Des Plaines, Illinois
Hazel Crest, Illinois
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Ashfield, Massachusetts
Carleton, Michigan
Clawson, Michigan
Fairfax, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
Pittstown, New Jersey
Niagara Falls, New York (2 reports)
Southold, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Cathan, Washington
Huntington, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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