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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Ed Murray'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 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

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)

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

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

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Dormant (dor.)


Awards (if applicable):
Stout Silver Medal
Lenington All-American Award (or runner-up)
Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Rich, saturated burgundy red, w/ ruffled edges, brilliant red when it catches the sunlight, one of my favorites. Looks great w/ my red Knockout roses. It blooms late, but continues for a long time. Only negative is it is slow to increase and 1 scape per fan is it so if you like it, buy several plants.

Neutral lilyq On Jun 12, 2008, lilyq from Fairfax, MN wrote:

nice flower but I have trouble with the leaves coming up all curly and goofy looking in the spring for the last few years and then the buds yellowed and all fell off. Hasn't bloomed for me in those two years. The first year it was OK.

Positive 2zeus On Jul 6, 2007, 2zeus from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Although rather slow to increase, I do get one scape per mature fan, lots of buds, it's sunfast, and every bloom opens perfectly. This is my tallest daylily, and a real standout - an almost-black red.

One of my favourites every year.

Positive dwarfconifer On Jul 7, 2006, dwarfconifer from Boyds, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Unbelievably rich, velvety color. Attractive from dawn to dusk! Good for folks who don't get home until late afternoon. Not all cultivars are as generous with their beauty.

Positive MartyJo On Jul 17, 2003, MartyJo from Fayette, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

This remains our favorite black-red. Nice form and substance.

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

E.Grovitt 1971; Black-red self with green throat


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

Dothan, Alabama
Scotland, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Boyds, Maryland
Excelsior, Minnesota
Fairfax, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
Mahopac, New York
Defiance, Ohio
Felicity, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Osceola, Pennsylvania
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Collierville, Tennessee
Falls Church, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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