Daylily 'Bela Lugosi'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Bela Lugosi
Hybridized by Hanson
Registered or introduced: 1995
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24-36 in. (60-90 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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Dark Purple/Black

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Lenington All-American Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

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:

San Bernardino, California

Denver, Colorado(2 reports)

Waterbury, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Clyde, Kansas

Olathe, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Russell, Kentucky

New Orleans, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Rockland, Maine

South Berwick, Maine

South China, Maine

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Hatfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Cut Bank, Montana

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

New Milford, New Jersey

Rochester, New York

Southold, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Felicity, Ohio

Fremont, Ohio

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Perrysburg, Ohio

Springfield, Ohio

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Albany, Oregon

Millersburg, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Bountiful, Utah

Ogden, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Northfield, Vermont

Falls Church, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 27, 2013, hornetstingme from Bountiful, UT wrote:

(Zone 6a)
Bela Lugosi has bloomed consistently and abundantly for me every year for the past five years. It has increased well also. Rich unusually dark long lasting blossoms. Highly Recommended.


On Oct 5, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

trashed mine,2 years of weak growth I don't have room for week plants.


On Jan 30, 2010, treytop from Northfield, VT wrote:

This daylily seems to take a while to get going, but once it does, it is beautiful. I bought one bareroot plant that took years to bloom, so I bought another one potted. That one bloomed the first year, thankfully. Now, after a few more years, both are providing impressive blooms. In northern areas, make sure it is in full sun.


On Jul 29, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

This plant fooled me into thinking it died for I bought in back in 2005 and it never bloomed until 2009. Lovely purple but I hope it is not going to take another four years to bloom again.


On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice dark purple...though not as dark in my central tx garden's heat as in a cooler clime as I dreamed it would be.
Still, very pretty and a good bloomer. Have only had for two years so can't say much more longterm.


On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

(Hanson '95) 33" M Sev Tet 5.5". AM '01. Dark purple with a lemon-lime throat. Fabulous! Fertile both ways. Doesn't fade as much as most purples.