Daylily 'Startle'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Startle
Hybridized by Belden
Registered or introduced: 1988
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:



Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

Logan Lake,

Bakersfield, California

Cordele, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Palmyra, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Horse Cave, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Falmouth, Maine

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Brown City, Michigan

Carleton, Michigan

Fairfax, Minnesota

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Averill Park, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Friedensburg, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

River Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 10, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

it has done much better it's second year. the colors are much
more rich and sharp. it also lasts more than a day...yea !!


On Apr 25, 2009, mocatmom from Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very healthy and blemish-free foliage in my hot, dry climate. Vigorous early growth.


On Jan 25, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Survived one winter in Maine then bloomed and it seems to have died over the second winter. Bought in 2004 and bloomed 2005. Finally found it because it bloomed in 2010 a bloom. Will try in a different spot and see if it does better, so far not worth the garden space.


On Jul 20, 2008, That_bob_guy_2 from Kansas City, MO wrote:

I like the way the flower looks, even if it isn't the bright red shown in some pictures.


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

my flower looks like the one popsted by "mgh"...I was hoping it would look more like the other ones posted...a bright red, but it's not. Maybe it will change though since I haven't had it very long.