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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Wild Horses'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Wild Horses
Additional cultivar information: (Moonlit Masquerade Tet. Cleopatra)
Hybridized by Trimmer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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28 members have or want this plant for trade.

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Bloom Time:
Early (E)
Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:
Spider (petal length to width is 5.0:1 or more)

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Evergreen (ev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Early Season Bloom Award (or runner-up)

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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mateo6288 On Jun 30, 2014, Mateo6288 from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

I've had this Daylily for 3 summers now and have mixed reviews. Being I have 5 different types of dayliles currently growing I've come to expect they spread quickly and require little attention. I havent had that experience with the Wild Horses which has remained the same single plant for the past 3 summers. The first summer it did not bloom. 2nd summer I got 2 blossoms with the great bright white outer color and wine purple center. This year I have around 8 blossoms on the one single plant but it decided it now wanted to be orangy/ivory color in place of the white. This was not an early season bloomer as it just started the last week of June with its first blossom opening (zone 6-Southwest)

Negative wantsblooms On Jul 18, 2013, wantsblooms from Santa Barbara, CA wrote:

My Wild Horses daylily was planted two springs ago. It has yet to bloom. It receives 3/4 a day sunshine and has been regularly fertilized. Since it is early blooming, it is not likely to bloom now in the middle of July. I see there are no positive ratings at all from California. My location, central C one mile from the Pacific, must not be maximum.

Positive themikeman On Feb 4, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wild Horses [Moonlit Masquerade x Tetra Cleopatra] is 37" tall, and has 7in across blooms. She is one of the most awesome cream with purple halo on tall scape daylilies available and is one of the hardiest varieties ever. I ordered mine from Faye Shooter of Marietta Gardens. An Early Blooming Tetraploid and a Rebloomer. She is almost identical to her sister Egyptian Queen from the same batch introduced a year later by Trimmer,that is an inch taller, has 5 buds more and a pinkish peach flush tone to the cream petals that Wild Horses doesn't, but has none of the charachter and beauty that Wild Horses has. My very favorite cream and purple halo tall scape daylily was Navaho Talisman, but the bud count on Wild Horses and health and hardiness, puts the lower bud count and slow to spread spead of Navaho Talisman, even though still a great beauty, too shame. mike.

Positive poisondartfrog On Jul 12, 2010, poisondartfrog from Barbourville, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fantastic plant! This variety is almost "everblooming"!

Positive weedsfree On Jul 11, 2010, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

The blooms in mine last year were just great. This year they are orange with a reddish center. Does anyone know about soil that would make your flowers do things like this?
After a couple of years of not having blooms from this particular daylily, this year, they are quite lovely and large. Not the whiteish-cream color I had wanted, but the colors do stand out. I am proud to own this one, so I am changing from neutral to positive.

Positive 2zeus On Aug 2, 2008, 2zeus from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Bloomed for a month solid, and is now putting up rebloom scapes.

Positive tazzy On Oct 17, 2004, tazzy from Sand Springs, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

very hardy for a evergreen but mulch to be on safe side im in 74063 zone or 6b


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

, (2 reports)
Logan Lake,
Washington, District Of Columbia
Snellville, Georgia
Moline, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
South China, Maine
Brown City, Michigan
Cut Bank, Montana
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Southold, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Monroe, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Allen, Texas
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Cathan, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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