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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'El Desperado'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: El Desperado
Hybridized by Stamile; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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35 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Late (La)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

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

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Dormant (dor.)


Awards (if applicable):
Stout Silver Medal Runner-up
Don C. Stevens Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Junior Citation

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rebloomnut On Aug 30, 2009, rebloomnut from Cut Bank, MT (Zone 3a) wrote:

Bought from an unreliable source years back and it died 2nd year. Bought again last year from a better one and this year it bloomed with huge beautiful blooms. Nice plant and increase this year also. Am very happy with it. For zones in N it is very hardy.

Positive Mainer On Jan 22, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Very hardy in my zone but not a Late season bloomer here. Panda Bear is much later in blooming season as is Blackberry Candy. I have it in my coldest spot in my raised wooden bed and it has no problems, blooms every year and I love it.

Positive sybiltwo On Mar 14, 2005, sybiltwo from Excelsior, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Fabulous color with wonderful habits in zone 4.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Lancaster, Kentucky
Trout, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Edgewater, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Revere, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Excelsior, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Piedmont, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Auburn, New Hampshire
Schroon Lake, New York
Southold, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)
Pekin, North Dakota
Chandlersville, Ohio
Lynchburg, Ohio
Uniontown, Ohio
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Kingsport, Tennessee
Toone, Tennessee
League City, Texas
Lindale, Texas
Linden, Virginia
Cathan, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Marion, Wisconsin

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