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PlantFiles: Variegated Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Malja'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Malja
Additional cultivar information: (PP14221; aka Golden Zebra)
Hybridized by Malan; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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.)

Flower Type:

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Habit:
Dormant (dor.)


Awards (if applicable):
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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluecatcxl On Apr 14, 2012, bluecatcxl from Farr West, UT wrote:

This is one of the best variegated grassy looking plants I have grown. I don't particularly like the flowers, as they detract in my opinion from the attractive foliage. The flowers are a deep saturated golden yellow similar to the ever popular Stella d'Oro, perhaps a bit more toward orange. Grows well in Utah in full sun or part shade, although it has been difficult to procure. The variegation is more striking and clear than most true grasses I have grown. Definitely one I would recommend.

Neutral stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant produces the shortest scapes ever on a Daylily. The blooms literally sit down almost on top of the crown.

Negative upsdaylilyguy On Jan 23, 2008, upsdaylilyguy from Louisville, KY wrote:

I have tried this plant three times. Brought this in spring 2005 by fall it was dead. Got another one to plant that fall it did not come up in spring 2006. What the heck ordered one more for spring it did not last long said the heck with it.....
They are other daylilies planted there that is doing fine.

Neutral NoLawns On Jan 16, 2008, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

I purchased this plant spring of 2007. Plant didn't grow at all, didn't flower. Seems to be dying, yet all the other daylilies there thrive. Will update next year.

Positive NewYorkEunuch On Jul 6, 2007, NewYorkEunuch from New Woodstock, NY wrote:

I purchased this plant summer of 2006. It has remained true to form and is doing pretty good in my garden... would do better if it wasn't overshadowed by some of my other Daylilies that have had a growth spirt this year. It is a Diploid... I figured this out by trying Diploid and Tetraploid pollen on it and also using its pollen on both Diploids and Tetraploids. The only thing that set pod was with Diploids in either direction.

Positive seedpicker_TX On Jun 5, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The blooms are small, and it is quite similar to stella de oro, except for the variegation in the leaves.
Many people have mistook this in my garden for variegated liriope. It DOES look a lot like it, same size and everything, except for when it blooms, lol...

Positive SudieGoodman On May 27, 2006, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, Southeast, TX
Daylily Golden Zebra (Hemerocalls Malja)

Height: 18 in and 2' wide

Foliage Habit: Emerges bright yellow in spring and keeps color all summer. Remains true to name, with no reversion to green (as some variegated plants will do).
Very tolerant of heat, humidity, drought, cold as other daylilies.

Bloom size: 3"

Bloom color: Golden yellow flowers that arrives all season (but most heavily in mid-season for me, June)

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

Denison, Iowa
Trout, Louisiana
Madison, Mississippi
Honeoye Falls, New York
Southold, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Plano, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Ogden, Utah

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