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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Daring Dilemma'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Daring Dilemma
Hybridized by Salter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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:

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Semi-evergreen (sev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention
Junior Citation

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive asturnut On Jun 19, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Daring Dilemma is an idiot proof plant. It's certainly a workhorse in the garden... it just blooms like crazy and doesn't quit in the intense heat and humidity of New Jersey summers. The flowers have a really beautiful form, but the flower color is just weird. It's not peach, not orange, not pink.... it's kinda brown, with a super dark eye. It makes a statement from a distance, but up close it's not very pretty. Definitely a masculine looking flower, ruffles and all!

Positive bob48burg On Jun 11, 2007, bob48burg from Powell, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This flower is gorgeous in a clump. Originally added this plant to our garden 12 years ago; now have 7 clumps. Last year, over 30 blooming scapes. This year we have-er-had 53. The deer took 32 of them last night so it's a favorite of their's, too. But seriously, the flower is perfectly formed, and the color (not as pink as some might like) has grown on me every year--of over 150 cultivars, this one is in our top 5.

Neutral pigeon1943 On Oct 26, 2003, pigeon1943 from Harwinton, CT wrote:

A nice sturdy plant that divides well, and also flowers well, but I'm not impressed with the flower. It's OK, but not the award winner I expected it to be.

Neutral mystic On Feb 26, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

5" blooms, 24" scape,Salter 1992


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

Grady, Alabama
San Bernardino, California
Macy, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Maryville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Auburn, New Hampshire
Sandown, New Hampshire
Millville, New Jersey
Niagara Falls, New York (2 reports)
Morehead City, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Powell, Ohio
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Vidor, Texas
Marion, Wisconsin

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