Daylily 'Crimson Pirate'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson Pirate
Hybridized by Sass
Registered or introduced: 1951
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Nocturnal (noc.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:

Spider (petal length to width is 5.0:1 or more)

Bloom Color:


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Enterprise, Alabama

Elk Grove, California

Hayward, California

Salvisa, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Lebanon, Maine

Florence, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Gladwin, Michigan

Decatur, Mississippi

Marietta, Mississippi

Endicott, New York

Niagara Falls, New York(2 reports)

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Butler, Pennsylvania

Verona, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Columbia, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Conroe, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2012, goldilocks0613 from Conroe, TX wrote:

I can't imagine this plant not growing anywhere except the most harsh conditions. In my zone 8 garden, it just blooms profusely and increases with abandon. I have divided and moved clumps several places. It would make a great border or property separating plant group. Not only is it a thick grower, but it just blooms and blooms. Doesn't seem to fade much in the full sun, either.


On May 14, 2011, canadianplant from thunder bay,
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:

Grows well in NW Ontario. Second summer, and a bit of a slow start to spring, but its comming back with a vengence, putting on an inch a day if water well.

Cant wait for it to flower this year


On Jan 2, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Great star shape,good rich color.Mine is a good builder it was blooming well into oct. in zone 6b.Do not remove old scapes as they will continue to produce new buds.


On Jan 21, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

It is very hardy in my zone and I love the darker velvety red bit in the center of the bloom. The shape is lovely too and different from the modern daylilies. I place it with my irises also hybridized by Sass.


On Aug 13, 2006, hygamble from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

I have many beautiful daylilies but this is my favorite. Last year in my Charlottesville garden it bloomed from early June into October without pause. Honest! Its size, balance, form and foliage are all lovely. It was bright red and along with all the blooms it grew what I think are called embellishments, which I would have rooted for new plants had I known to do so. This year the roofers threw cedar shakes on them, then walked on them; and the tree men dropped branches on them and walked on them. The survivors are still blooming, though the red is dark and rather angry! Today I moved them to a bed of their own and found the identifying label I planted with them 3 years ago -- hence this note.


On Nov 24, 2004, AlicemayS from Florence, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very easy to grow medium sized daylily. Prolific blooms that don't fall over in wind/storms. Vigorous growth habit but not invasive.