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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Gentle Shepherd
Hybridized by Yancey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1982

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Semi-evergreen (sev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Junior Citation

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5 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RobertWM On Oct 31, 2011, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Pretty, and very white. But a slooooow increaser for me. I ended up replacing it with something else since I couldn't devote the space to it any more.

Positive Mainer On Jan 12, 2008, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Seems to be the whitest white I have seen and is very hardy here in Maine.

Positive vossner On Jun 7, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this DL. I planted mine in bright shade and when it didn't bloom last year I started wondering if I needed to transplant it to a sunnier location. It bloomed this year so I'm not touching it.

Positive TBGDN On Feb 20, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Daylily 'Gentle Shepherd', Hemerocallis, Hybridized by Yancey, 1982: Of all the daylilies I grow this is the best white! This is above and beyond Snowy Apparition, Joan Senior and many other white/near whites. Granted, being a SEV here in Zone 5a/b, it is a tough climate for this cultivar. However, I grow a lot of SEV's and semi's with leaves frozen to the ground still green. And with the mild January just past, a lot of new growth was noticed trying to poke up. However, this past weekend, Feb. 18-19, (2006) temperatures fell to around "0"F with high winds. This put the brakes on everything. It is planted in nearly every perennial bed I have; with a heavy mulch for protection. Even with the weather here this daylily has and will continue to grow and bloom beautifully!

Neutral Rootsie On Aug 10, 2004, Rootsie from Fredericton

Mine is closer to a light yellow than a near white. It's a slow increaser as well. That said, it has made it through a number of terribly cold winters (-40) and is a nice size.

Neutral hemlady On Oct 28, 2003, hemlady from Melvindale, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

The flower of this one is a good near white, but plant does not increase well in zone 5 in Michigan. I have moved it twice to see if location will help it, but it hasn't.

Neutral pigeon1943 On Oct 27, 2003, pigeon1943 from Harwinton, CT wrote:

though I love the flower, the plant does not do well for me here in CT-in 5 years, divided from 2 fans to 4, and they never grew to be anything but short and sparce. Maybe I need to move it. Great white though.

Positive mystic On Feb 4, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

About as close to a pure white as you can get in a daylily.
It has 5.5" white blooms with a yellow/green throat. On 30" scapes ,mine has even rebloomed.Yancey 1982

Positive FLGator On Nov 7, 2002, FLGator from Valdosta, GA wrote:

A large clump produces bouquets of blooms. A friend of mine says it looks like a bridal bouquet.


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

Arbuckle, California
North Fork, California
Valdosta, Georgia
Rockford, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Solsberry, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky (2 reports)
Durham, Maine
Falmouth, Maine
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Wyoming, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
Freehold, New Jersey
Schroon Lake, New York
Rockbridge, Ohio
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Conroe, Texas
Plains, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Bristol, Wisconsin
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Franklin, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

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