Daylily 'Charles Johnston'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Charles Johnston
Hybridized by Gates
Registered or introduced: 1983
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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Wrens, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Auburn, New Hampshire

Fanwood, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Friedensburg, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Amarillo, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Cambridge, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2012, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Great large red lots of buds


On Jan 20, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

One of my favorites and is an ancestor of Scarlet Orbit which also produces many, many, many blooms. This is defintely a keeper and part of my hybridizing program.


On Jan 16, 2008, DaylilyDiva219 from Falls Church, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I received "Charles Johnston" as a bonus plant, and missed the first year's bloom while I was out of town. My neighbor, a professional horticulturist, informed me that it was "a keeper", but forgot to take a photo for me. ;-) It didn't bloom at all the second year for some reason, but for the last 2 years, it has really taken off, and I have to say it was worth the wait. It's a large flower, with a beautiful form with deep red color. My only caveat would be to recommend some afternoon shade so the color will hold up all day. It's not as sunfast as some other reds that I have.


On Feb 1, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

6" red blooms with green throat, 24" scapes,Gates L. 1983