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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Little Business'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Business
Hybridized by Maxwell; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

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21 members have or want this plant for trade.

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)
Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:
Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)
Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Semi-evergreen (sev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sandrabees On Apr 21, 2014, sandrabees from Petal, MS wrote:

Love this little daylily! Quickly multiplies, reblooms all session long with a splash of red. Great in front of beds. Really, really love this one! Takes the heat and sun of south Miss. Very well! No fuss plant that is a show stopper

Positive atisch On Nov 24, 2010, atisch from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This dwarf red daylily had a lot of adversity to overcome to make a good impression, but it did just that. I included it as an afterthought in an order from Springhill Nursery. I needed a couple of small perennial fillers to complete an order. 'Little Business' was one of a few dwarf daylillies that was currently on sale. The size and color were what I desired, but I didn't pay much attention to the incredible photo they had of it as many of their photos are often not beliveable.

The root division I received on 4/18/10 was barely viable with no green stalk at all. I figured that I wouldn't see it flower until the following year. I planted it in a one gallon pot and stuck it aside with the other daylilies I had bought. The first surprise was about a week later when a strong green shoot pushed-up out of the pot. Within a month it was large enough to plant in the garden where it continued to grow strong. The second surprise was about one month later when it started to grow a flower spike, the first of my new daylillies to do so. I expected that perhaps in about 3 weeks I might see the first flower. This was the third surprise. Instead of taking weeks to grow a stalk and then flowering, it opened it's first flower about ten days later on a stalk just about four inches off the ground. The fourth and last surprise was the flower itself. It was a very intense raspberry red with a very full round shape (it is included in the pictures here). I would say that it was in fact as good as the picture in the catalog.

The plant continued to grow and flower well all summer. Subsequent stalks grew longer as they should. Virtually every flower was a good shape, color and size relative to the very compact plant. I would say that overall it performed as well as 'Stella De Oro' which I planted about the same time. 'Stella' started blooming later but bloomed well into the fall.

I'm eagerly awaiting it's performance next year. I hope to update this review at that time.

Positive DaylilyDonna On Jul 22, 2008, DaylilyDonna from Paulina, LA wrote:

I obtained this daylily by way of my mama. I separated the plant into about a dozen back in Feb. '08 and it just keeps blooming, and is now reblooming again! It has lots of buds on it too. It's a short plant that makes lovely small flowers.

Positive KaylyRed On May 20, 2008, KaylyRed from Watertown, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

It's my second year with 'Little Business' and it's thriving! Its first year in my garden it produced one flower--a gorgeous flower, but still just one. It's mid-May and this year I've already counted numerous buds and I'm just waiting for the flower show to start. The foliage has also tripled or maybe even quadrupled in size over last year--very vigorous! I'm most happy with this little plant!

Neutral Mainer On Feb 22, 2008, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Had for a few years then did not make it through a very bad winter in 2003 where there was no snow and lots of freezing rain. Normal winters I think it survived pretty well but did not multiply for me.

Positive MizD On Jun 29, 2003, MizD from Lufkin, TX wrote:

An excellent choice. I grow this in East Texas in regular garden soil, mixed with a little mushroom compost and mulched with cypress mulch. The bed is in full sun and receives a lot of reflected heat (up to 110 degrees) from a concrete sidewalk. An excellent choice and the bright red color really 'pops' out.

Positive Stuber On Jun 28, 2003, Stuber from Fernandina Beach, FL wrote:

This cultivar grows well and flowers profusely here on Amelia Island near Jacksonville Fl as well. Leaves look a bit shabby thru the heat of the summer, but it compensates by also throwing off lots of "prolifs" or baby clones of its self along the spent bloom scapes. Bloom color holds up well to the heat and intense sun very well.

Positive FL_Gator On Aug 30, 2002, FL_Gator from Dunnellon, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow this plant in Florida, and have found it to be excellent here. Reblooms, color holds up very well.


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

Madison, Alabama
Alameda, California
Canoga Park, California
Elk Grove, California
Waterbury, Connecticut
Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Ankeny, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
French Settlement, Louisiana
Paulina, Louisiana
Scott, Louisiana
Glenelg, Maryland
Brooklyn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Grand Marais, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Kansas City, Missouri
Auburn, New Hampshire
Endicott, New York
Jefferson, New York
Rochester, New York
Morehead City, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Streetsboro, Ohio
Salina, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aiken, South Carolina
Toone, Tennessee
Beaumont, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Harker Heights, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Winnsboro, Texas
Smithfield, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin

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