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Daylily 'Little Wart'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Wart
Hybridized by Spalding
Registered or introduced: 1964
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)

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:

Royal, Arkansas

Davenport, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Milton, Florida

Ames, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Dry Prong, Louisiana

Gladwin, Michigan

Auburn, New Hampshire

Metuchen, New Jersey

Socorro, New Mexico

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Fairfax, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 24, 2015, iowhen from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful, strong blooms with gorgeous purple color. Spreads fairly quickly. I love this one.


On Jun 14, 2010, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This variety is also being sold as 'King Arthur,' and 'Little King Arthur' as well as 'Little Wart.'

Merlin used to call King Arthur 'Little Wart' (which has the meaning 'little plant'), when Arthur was a boy.

Back in King Arthur's day, English words had different spellings, and Wart was how the word we currently spell 'Wort' - meaning a plant or weed- was written. :)


On Nov 15, 2003, daredevil from Niagara Falls, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

(Spaulding '64) 24" M 3.25" DOR. A lot of people don't like the name of this prolific blooming rapid increaser. It helps if you think of it as Merlin's pet name for the young King Arthur, which, hopefully, was what Edna had in mind when she named it.