Daylily 'North Wind Drifter'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: North Wind Drifter
Hybridized by Schaben
Registered or introduced: 2001
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36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Crispate (pinched, twisted or quilled floral segments)

Unusual Form

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Color Patterns:



Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Pleasant Lake, Indiana

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Concord, North Carolina

Felicity, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 26, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

North Wind Drifter {Schaben 2001} (Lola Branham x seedling) Height 44", Bloom 8.5, Season Mid, Dormant, Diploid, UFO Crispate, 25 Buds. She is Hauntingly Beautiful Bright Medium Lavender Pink with a thin white edge above a Green throat. She is the Sibling to North Wind Dancer which most people prefer due to higher bud count, yellow throat and more lavender than pink but less bright. I however love Northwind Drifter the most. Although Drifter is listed as a larger bloom, her blooms although more ufo/spidery so longer in lenght are less heavy than Dancer who's blooms can get so large and heavy that the scapes and flowers can fall over and have to be staked. Drifters dont do that,they are perfect and the color is more solid and just glow and stand out more as they are less pastel than Dancer.... read more