Daylily 'Daring Deception'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Daring Deception
Hybridized by Salter
Registered or introduced: 1994
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:



Dark Purple/Black

Color Patterns:




Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Sacramento, California

Waterbury, Connecticut

Spring Hill, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Roopville, Georgia

Snellville, Georgia

Moline, Illinois

Seymour, Indiana

Lancaster, Kentucky

Ferriday, Louisiana

Revere, Massachusetts

Ware, Massachusetts

Owosso, Michigan

Wayzata, Minnesota

Sandown, New Hampshire

Brockport, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Felicity, Ohio

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Hugo, Oklahoma

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Celina, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Rogersville, Tennessee

Cedar Park, Texas

Collinsville, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Palestine, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Linden, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 17, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Pale lavender pink with black purple edge and black purple eyezone above green throat. (Daring Dilemma sdlg)


On Jan 12, 2008, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Not impressed with this one. Died twice when bought and the third after second year blooms looks like a flesh wound to be exact. It falls apart or is shredded when it rains heavily. Third year now still looks like a flesh wound so it went Into the composter. Do not want to breed those characteristics into my seedlings. I am going for hardiness and opening easily besides pretty. I do not want to weaken them.


On Jun 8, 2007, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I did not like the color of the first bloom I got on my first year plant. It reminded me of a flesh wound. However, after seeing the subsequent blooms this flower has grown on me. It has nice bluegreen cast to the leaves. I have it in a bed with Little Witching Hour and Little Grapette.


On Jun 3, 2007, Goodgoods from Charlotte, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered and planted 6 different daylilies in 2006. Daring Deception, a year later, is the one with the biggest form and most blooms. The others I ordered are only half as large. The color is beautiful. I recommend it if you like pink/rose daylilies.


On Jun 24, 2006, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This daylily has until the end of this year to improve its appearance or else...


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

5" blooms,24" scape, Salter 1994