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Daylily 'Wild One'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Wild One
Hybridized by Wild
Registered or introduced: 1978
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

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:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Color Patterns:



Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

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:

Scottsburg, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dayton, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

London, Kentucky

Farmington, Maine

South China, Maine

Excelsior, Minnesota

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Rochester, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Grove City, Ohio

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Hixson, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 9, 2011, onagadori from Lexington, KY wrote:

The user giving this one a negative rating must not have Wild One. Mine has the red edges in full sun and partial shade. I have grown this cultivar for fifteen years. I love it. It is one of my favorites every year and it is another fine example of the breeding work of Gilbert H. Wild (who is now deceased). This is a hardy plant that has really eye catching form and the coloring is very vibrant. It is very hardy here in zone 6 and is dormant, so is probably quite cold hardy. I considering this one of Wild's best and one of my must have cultivars.


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

Despite all the beautiful photos of this flower, mine has never been anything but solid gold. A description I read someplace mentioned the amount of sunlight needed for it to have the darker redder edges. I experimented with moving it to various locations to no avail. Maybe what I have is not 'Wild One' at all.


On Mar 10, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

7.25" blooms, 34" scape, Wild 1978