Daylily 'Purple Waters'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Waters
Hybridized by Russell
Registered or introduced: 1942
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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:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Macomb, Illinois

Beaverton, Michigan

Auburn, New Hampshire

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Concord, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Ravenna, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

North Augusta, South Carolina

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

Bristol, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very Beautiful Purple Red Daylily. It is An historic Antique from 1942 bred by Russel. I got mine from Carl Weatherman in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Here in NC this is A very late bloomer and gets a bit taller here, for me its abot 36 to 38 inches tall. it starts out like a cherry red and the whole flower gets more and more dark purple as it ages/ declines. mike.


On Jan 23, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Hardy in my zone and seems to bloom every year partial shade or not.


On Jul 9, 2003, glennb from Elizabethton, TN wrote:

PURPLE WATERS has fabulous maroon-purple petals accented by a yellow center bloom on sturdy stems above mounds of medium green straplike foliage.
Height: 24 to 36 inches with 4 1/2 inch blooms.
Flower Characteristics: Season of Bloom: early to midsummer, rebloom; Foliage Habit: semi-evergreen; Exposure: full sun to partial shade; Spacing: 24 inches. Adapts well to dry or moist conditions.