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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Red Volunteer'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Volunteer
Hybridized by Oakes; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

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26 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Dormant (dor.)


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

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9 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sassycat1940 On Sep 4, 2011, sassycat1940 from Brownsdale, NL zone 4b
Canada wrote:

I planted my red volunteer late last fall. It is blooming well and it is stunning. I haven,t seen such a beautiful red.

Positive susansconi On Aug 10, 2011, susansconi from Rumford, RI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A must have red! Gorgeous color that refuses to fade or wither.Really nice, tall foliage w/thick scapes tall enough to stand well over.HUGE perfectly formed 7" flowers.When purchasing, I visited a Daylily farm that grows hundreds of varieties, but this red is so stunning and prolific, it stood out to me and seemed far superior to all the other reds in the garden.It did extremely well in mine and draws the most compliments of all the daylilies I own.

Positive pointgarden On Jan 3, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Rich well saturated red,7" flower,strong foliage.

Positive FlowerManiac On Sep 7, 2009, FlowerManiac from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

New to my garden last year and all I can say is WOW .... grew large and began spreading quickly, the foliage clump is big for daylilies, produced an abundance of flowers on tall scapes the first year that were a brilliant red which even the hot Texas summer sun couldn't fade.

Neutral Mainer On Jan 24, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Seems to survive Maine winters and is increasing nicely. bloome a bloom the took a year off and now it has many blooms. Liking what I see so far.

Positive alwaysaflowergirl On Jul 10, 2007, alwaysaflowergirl from Coventry, CT wrote:

WHERE DID THE RED GO? This is a beautiful daylily...the red is bright and deep and velvety! okay, WAS beautiful. The strangest thing happened. As I have been impatiently awaiting the burst of red in my two gardens that offset the other colors and attract the hummingbirds, I was astonished to come home after a weekend away to find YELLOW daylillies bursting. They are gorgeous, but now one of my gardens has an over abundance of yellow. Can someone tell me how this happened? I know I planted Red Volunteer in May 2006...they were stunning last summer. Where did all the pretty red flowers go?


Positive Marilynbeth On Aug 2, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful red!

Like red velvet!

Positive leslie5 On Jul 20, 2004, leslie5 from Ithaca, NY wrote:

My favorite daylily. The color is so rich and complex. It grows here in central New York in partial shade. I have it in two places--on a steep slope, and streamside

Positive BUFFY690 On Jul 12, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I had a neighbor wanting a really red daylily when I got to the daylily farm I saw this and knew this was the one. It is really pretty I am gonna have to dab some pollen from this one in my crosses.

Positive Trish_M On Feb 24, 2003, Trish_M from Hilliard, OH wrote:

This is an older daylily, but it is still a beauty! It was number 9 in the top 10 AHS National Popularity Pole in 2002.

Neutral mystic On Jan 29, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

7" red blooms,30" scapes,Oakes (1984)


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

Trinity, Alabama
Vinemont, Alabama
Waterbury, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Fairfield, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Granger, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Solsberry, Indiana
Macgregor, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Falmouth, Maine
Linthicum, Maryland
Excelsior, Minnesota
Verona, Mississippi
Auburn, New Hampshire
Keene, New Hampshire
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Cayuga Heights, New York
Kingstown, North Carolina
Huber Ridge, Ohio
Perrysburg, Ohio
East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Newport, Rhode Island
Rumford, Rhode Island
North Augusta, South Carolina
Bloomingdale, Tennessee
, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rose City, Texas
Fairfax, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Kingston, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington
Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
Sussex, Wisconsin

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