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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Stella De Oro'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Stella De Oro
Additional cultivar information: (aka Stella d'Oro)
Hybridized by Jablonski; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1975

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6-12 in. (15-30 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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

Flower Size:
Miniature (less than 3" diameter)

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

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:
Dormant (dor.)


Awards (if applicable):
Stout Silver Medal
Donn Fischer Memorial Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention

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20 positives
10 neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bloomfly22 On Jun 22, 2013, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My front yard's garden is like a desert. Yet my "Stelle de Oro" continues to live on. It stays compact and small, and it flowered for the first time this year. It blended nicely with the desert feel. I do not quite understand why this plant has negatives, even after reading the posts for them.

Negative naomiZ5b On Apr 30, 2013, naomiZ5b from Bangor, ME wrote:

This one is a dud for me. It blooms well for a couple of weeks in early summer; after that point it puts up only a few odd blooms . Full sun or part shade, more or less fertilizer, frequent dividing -- I've tried it all and nothing seems to make a difference. Perhaps what I bought wasn't the true plant, but in its brief period of bloom it certainly does resemble the pictures. Highly overrated.

Negative pointgarden On Mar 3, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Common,so many better rebloomers, bitsy taller 24" clear yellow flower,pardon me a nice red nocturnal and rosey returns a rich pink. we call" stella de oro" it the gas station daylily.Buy your plants from independents.

Positive Nickolock On Jul 5, 2010, Nickolock from Tifton, GA wrote:

From hundreds of daylilies the miniature sized Stella d' Oro is the first to bloom in our garden and it re-blooms the most all season. It is very light orange and not lemon yellow as someone else said. Take a bloom into your kitchen and compare with a lemon. That person might have Happy Returns which is a re-blooming daylily that is close to lemon yellow in color, but does not quite approach Stella d' Oro in number of blooms nor openess of bloom. I wish all daylilies bloomed as often and as much as Stella d' Oro! By late summer most daylilies are done for the season, but Stella d' Oro keeps going provided you give it water in the heat of drought and remove the old seed pods which will sap it's strength. In the southern coastal plains we have too much drought and heat for them to perform as well as in the mountains of the Appalachians where in June I once saw 50 blooms open per day on each clump at Sky Valley, GA entrance. That is the best I've ever seen Stella d' Oro perform!!! Amazing performance. I don't know what they were receiving there: water, fertilize or such, but they were very happy!!!

Neutral satkins On May 22, 2010, satkins from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted this plant several yrs ago in partial shade and I have only had 3-4 blooms in a season. My front yard is xeriscaped and the yarrow seedling I planted nearby the same day is 3-4 feet across and blooms like crazy (around 50-75 blooms). Not sure why Stella is so slow- seems even smaller this yr than last.

Positive ericabelle On May 18, 2010, ericabelle from West Plains, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

We all see this daylily planted so many places, that it just becomes commonplace to us - but that is not the plant's fault! =) On its own merit, it is a very beautiful daylily that has a remarkable bloom period. I have to say I rolled my eyes when we moved into this house and dozens of stella daylilies started coming up. I relocated some and gave some away; but I really started appreciating this lily when I planted it in a raised bed in composted manure. I didn't realize what a beautiful plant it could be until then.

Positive julzperry On May 13, 2010, julzperry from Horn Lake, MS wrote:

I love these daylilies. I planted mine 4 years ago right under a big shade tree in my front yard. They get 2 hours of sun at the most every day, and are still fabulous little performers.

Positive stonemiller On Feb 25, 2010, stonemiller from Elmwood Park, IL wrote:

All of the info I've read says the best time to divide Stellas is in the fall. I'd like to divide mine this spring. Will they suffer undue damage if do this?

Positive nwh On Oct 17, 2009, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

You see this plant everywhere--malls, highways,etc. so I was not interested in it. But, a couple of years ago I picked up a few at the fall clearance sale at the grocery store for $1 each. I have a weedy, rocky, dry area under some large trees where I was putting in hostas, nothing else ever grows there. I planted the Stellas there and forgot about them until the following spring. I have to say I was amazed at how well they did with really no care at all, and how much better that "problem area" looks now.

Neutral Chutch1974 On Jul 6, 2009, Chutch1974 from Riverton, UT wrote:

This daylily does extremely well, but it is way too overused.

Positive jeff0452 On Apr 21, 2009, jeff0452 from Rio Rancho, NM wrote:

Not hard to care for at all: I planted this in the hot sun last summer, and it not only never went into shock, but kept on flowering into fall. Not huge-flowered, but produced many flower spikes. My fiancee loves the long blooming season. I was surprised this spring to see this nibbled on by rabbits, but I have added some chicken wire for protection, and the plant is recovering nicely.

Positive kimsuff On Apr 6, 2009, kimsuff from Littlerock, CA wrote:

Hi. We have a patch about 8' x 20' of these in the high (Mojave) desert, (Zone 7a). They are evergreen through our reasonably mild winters, rarely below 25 degrees. They are drought-tolerant and survive our long, hot, dry summers with no rain and temps to 100+, plus poor, alkaline soil. Of course, they do better with deep watering weekly in the Summer, and bloom from mid May (30 days afer last frost) through late October.

Not maintenance free, but removing dead "grassy" leaves and feeding twice is simple enough. What's not to love? Best, Deb

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

Very cold hardy and does rebloom here in my zone when very few daylilies do. Because of this it is everywhere in Maine when they landscape Malls, highways and such.

You will not see other colors except possibly Happy Returns and an occasional pink of Siloam Double Classic or Strawberry Candy for other rebloomers fall far short of their promise for our zone. We can expect bloom in the early summer and in late Sept or Oct in the warmer areas of our cities from these varieties. The rest are planted like they are one season only.

Neutral kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yeah it does well.
But its not spectacular, lots of daylilies are this good or better, they just didn't have an advertising campaign when they were introduced.
One of the really successful campaigns in modern "green industry" history. This plant, knockout roses, and Wave Petunias.
All good plants but not as "great" as you've been led to believe.
I couldn't believe the demand for these at the nursery I worked at when these were introduced..they outsold every other daylilly 10 to 1. Because so many people had them, more people wanted them, more people had them, more people wanted naseum.
But it is a nice daylily, I just can't stand how people bought into the marketing....

Neutral gardenlep On Aug 5, 2008, gardenlep from Dallastown, PA wrote:

We have several kinds of daylillies but need to know what can be done to promote new growth/new blooms this year.I love them until they begin to look 'messy'. Ideas????

Positive Noel1 On Jul 23, 2008, Noel1 from Andover, MA wrote:

Noel1 in northeastern Massachusetts.Love this lilly! It is minimal care, grows in full sun or sun/shade. I have a patch about 5' x 7' which burst into beauty this year mid-June and will blossom until the frost.

Neutral covsgarden On Jul 21, 2008, covsgarden from Avalon, NJ wrote:

planted in full morning sun with Northeast exposure. Plant is in shade in afternoon. Plants are prolific bloomers in spring but gradually decrease as summer progresses. Plants have an enormous amount of pods on stalks but pods won't open. is this normal?

Neutral roybird On May 10, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

In our dry, high desert climate with long, cold winters, Stella De Oro, is less than stellar. Stays alive and blooms with a few flowers for only a short time.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 18, 2007, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Great plant for all-summer long, low-maintenance blooming. Plus, the foliage is attractive too. Best to divide them every few years but otherwise they are very easy to grow and one of the longest re-blooming daylilies.

Negative crazy4brugs On Sep 2, 2007, crazy4brugs from Kansasville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I feel this plant is very over rated. And I love daylilies.

Neutral gardeninggalok On May 4, 2007, gardeninggalok from Yukon, OK wrote:

I recently started about 15 stellas from root. They have foliage that is about 4 inches tall. I was wondering if anyone know if they will bloom the first year? If not, will they next season? I love these plants, but wanted to save money starting from root. I know I will have to wait longer, but have no idea, can anyone advise?

Positive isabella On Jan 1, 2007, isabella from Taunton, MA wrote:

Steadfast and reliable performer. Nice bright yellow color, and nice foliage. Makes a great early summer continuation of the cheer of spring-time daffodils. Resistant to pests and diseases, unlike my oriental, tiger, and asian lilies which eaten alive by beetles.

Very easy to grow plant. Needs maintenance to keep ut a tidy appearance by pruning out dead flower/seed stalks. Also by late summer/early winter the foliage is a little ragged.

Positive Katze On Apr 23, 2006, Katze from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Great plant for beginner gardeners. We inherited these when we bought our house and they've been one of the easiest plants to care for. Very hardy in zone 4.

I just wanted to add that these have no problems with transplanting. We moved a bunch of these from one area in our yard to another a month or so ago. They didn't go into any sort of shock and are actually about to bloom (about a month ahead of when they usually bloom for us).

Neutral Gabrielle On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice, re-blooming daylily, but overused in my opinion. Good in small quantities with lots of other plants. Blooms June - October in my garden.

Neutral winter_unfazed On Nov 4, 2005, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very susceptible to the Asian daylily rust.

Positive saya On Jun 23, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Little Stella came true from seeds sown two years ago...blooming now for her first time..very cute..I love her seize..only 20 cm in hight !

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very reliable daylily and blooms all summer long. It's very winter-hardy in my zone 5 garden.

Positive carolann On Oct 10, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Agree completely with nynighthawk - although often considered boring by collectors, you cannot beat the durability and performance of Stella D'Oro.

Positive nynighthawk On Oct 4, 2003, nynighthawk from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

Having a small front yard garden, every plant is important and has to earn its keep. Stella d'oro is one of the anchors. It is compact, adaptable to any weather, sun, soil conditions and has at least three full flushes of bloom from May into late fall. A great plant.

Positive PurplePansies On Jul 19, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

The old tried and true favorite. Small plants smothered in smallish, bright, lemon yellow blossom. Very easy to grow, thrives in a range of soils and climates, and almost constantly blooming. Good to provide constant color in the perennial garden or for edgings. Seems to bloom from early summer right up until frost.

Positive jgtruly On Jul 9, 2003, jgtruly from Five Points, AL wrote:

I find this daylilly constantly blooms and keeps color in my garden from spring to fall. Stella's are my favorite.

Positive mystic On Jan 24, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This makes a great border plant one of the best rebloomers, blooms all summer.

Neutral poppysue On May 16, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Jablonski 1975; Gold self with small green throat


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

Washington D.c.,
Five Points, Alabama
Foley, Alabama
Gadsden, Alabama
Glencoe, Alabama
Holly Pond, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Irvington, Alabama
Kinsey, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Montevallo, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Kenai, Alaska
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Magnet Cove, Arkansas
Oakland, Arkansas
Cazadero, California
Ceres, California
Cerritos, California
Desert View Highlands, California
Fairfield, California
Fallbrook, California
Hesperia, California
Kensington, California
Littlerock, California
Redlands, California
Riverside, California
San Clemente, California
San Jose, California
Santa Rosa, California
Tracy, California
Wildomar, California
Aurora, Colorado
Broomfield, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Conning Towers-nautilus Park, Connecticut
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Waterbury, Connecticut
Seaford, Delaware
De Land, Florida
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Lake City, Florida
New Port Richey East, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Webster, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Aldora, Georgia
Alpharetta, Georgia
Auburn, Georgia
Barwick, Georgia
Braselton, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Cornelia, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Lilburn, Georgia
Phillipsburg, Georgia
Quitman, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia (2 reports)
Warner Robins, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Wrens, Georgia
Kihei, Hawaii
Oldtown, Idaho
Champaign, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois (3 reports)
Davis Junction, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Jacksonville, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Pontiac, Illinois
Round Lake, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Wilmette, Illinois
Chesterton, Indiana
Danville, Indiana
Elberfeld, Indiana
Galena, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Mooresville, Indiana
Solsberry, Indiana
South Haven, Indiana
Upland, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Davenport, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Nevada, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Camargo, Kentucky
Concord, Kentucky
Dayton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Flemingsburg, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Franklin, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
Moss Bluff, Louisiana
Port Vincent, Louisiana
Pride, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Trout, Louisiana
Bangor, Maine
Durham, Maine
Londontowne, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Rockville, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Milton, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Westford, Massachusetts
Brooklyn, Michigan
Eau Claire, Michigan
Gladwin, Michigan
Hemlock, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Port Huron, Michigan
Redford, Michigan
Romeo, Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
Taylor, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan
Warren, Michigan
Arden Hills, Minnesota
Avon, Minnesota
Bloomington, Minnesota
Hibbing, Minnesota
Isanti, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)
St Cloud, Minnesota (2 reports)
St Paul, Minnesota
Young America, Minnesota
Horn Lake, Mississippi
Lumberton, Mississippi
Rienzi, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Ozark, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
West Plains, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Central City, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska (2 reports)
Auburn, New Hampshire
East Freehold, New Jersey
Hamilton, New Jersey
Metuchen, New Jersey
Clovis, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Brooklyn, New York
Croton-on-hudson, New York
Elba, New York
Garden City Park, New York
Jefferson, New York
Kew Gardens, New York
Mahopac, New York
Mechanicville, New York
Medina, New York
Mount Upton, New York
Rochester, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (3 reports)
Spencer Mountain, North Carolina
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Weaverville, North Carolina
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota
Forman, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Beavercreek, Ohio
Bucyrus, Ohio
Canton, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
Finneytown, Ohio
Granville, Ohio
Lewis Center, Ohio
Macdonald, Ohio
Nashport, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Pigeon Creek, Ohio
Pleasant Run Farm, Ohio
Powell, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Comanche, Oklahoma
Enid, Oklahoma (3 reports)
Hugo, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Baker City, Oregon
Blodgett, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Depoe Bay, Oregon
Deschutes River Woods, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Oakland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Albion, Pennsylvania
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Dallastown, Pennsylvania
East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
Millerstown, Pennsylvania
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
Warren Center, Pennsylvania
West Newton, Pennsylvania
West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Wilkes-barre, Pennsylvania
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
India Hook, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Tega Cay, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Spurgeon, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fate, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
League City, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Muniz, Texas
Onalaska, Texas
Roman Forest, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Tatum, Texas
White Settlement, Texas
Bluffdale, Utah
Provo, Utah
West Valley City, Utah
Montpelier, Vermont
West Dummerston, Vermont
Chantilly, Virginia
Clarksville, Virginia
Danville, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Ames Lake, Washington
Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Lake Goodwin, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Woodland, Washington
Brookhaven, West Virginia
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Delavan, Wisconsin
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Kansasville, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin
Bessemer Bend, Wyoming
Johnstown, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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