Daylily 'Pandora's Box'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Pandora's Box
Hybridized by Talbott
Registered or introduced: 1980
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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:

Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:

Evergreen (ev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Dothan, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Bigelow, Arkansas

Canoga Park, California

Glen Avon, California

Long Beach, California

Sacramento, California

San Bernardino, California

San Jose, California

Denver, Colorado

Bartow, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Tampa, Florida (2 reports)

Trenton, Florida

Blakely, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Roopville, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Thomson, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Moline, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Williamsville, Illinois

Yorkville, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dayton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Henderson, Kentucky

Lancaster, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Hammond, Louisiana

Jackson, Louisiana

Trout, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

South Berwick, Maine

South China, Maine

Hughesville, Maryland

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Brown City, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Decatur, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi

Brunswick, Missouri

Perryville, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Williamstown, New Jersey

Glens Falls, New York

Southold, New York

East Bend, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Grove City, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Hugo, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Collinsville, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Katy, Texas

Montgomery, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Bountiful, Utah

Provo, Utah

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 24, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Pandora's Box is a good bloomer, fragrant, and very very pretty. It's definitely one of my favorites.


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

(zone 6a) Pandora's Box is another outstanding performer.
Blooms Consistently Every Year. Good Increaser. I have been growing this plant for five years now.


On Aug 9, 2010, MrsOrr from Eustis, FL wrote:


I have four beautiful pandoras in the front of my house and growing around the windows. The two on the outsides are healthy and doing great! The two in the middle are slowly turning yellow (the leaves) what could be wrong??


On Oct 17, 2009, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

This daylily really surprised me because I temporarily moved it into a shady spot by the house, I didn't think it would bloom there but it did and was stunning, actually it did better there than in the full sun where I had it before. It really brightened up a dull spot by the entry where I had only hostas grow before. You can't go wrong with this one.


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

Truly this one was a Pandora's Box for me...
I needed to get into collecting another plant like I needed a hole in the head. But I bought it at the urgings, nay, insistance of the charming salesgirl who works at my fave nursery five years ago.
I'd always kinda thought daylilies were tacky...but looking into her eyes I let go of all reservations and let myself be swept away.
We've been very happy ever since.
The lily and I.
The first two years it was pretty, but nothing amazing, the third year.
WOW. I had 32 blooms on my clump in a single day.
And somehow more daylilies keep finding their way into my garden since then. But Pandora's Box is one of the best.


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

Nice looking flower. The eye on mine is not as solid as some others I have seen but I was shocked by the diamond dusting.


On May 21, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very reliable, reblooms and holds its color well

UPDATE May 2016: the recent rains have encouraged PB to really shine


On Feb 6, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Deffinantly one of my favorite daylilies. It is a smaller daylily, and perfect for the front of the border. Quickly forms a nice clump. Lovely creamy white flowers with a purple center. It has a very long blooming period too. Love it!


On Oct 29, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

This is a lovely daylily that blooms for a long period. I am growing it with great success in part shade and the lovely near white coloring really pops in shade. The dark plum eye is gorgeous in contrast to the pale petals. The plant has nice, dark green leaves and has multiplied rapidly. A very reliable daylily -- highly recommend.


On Feb 25, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hybridized by Talbott, 1980. Great colors; good bloom habits; strong growth; very hardy here. Award Of Merit 1987, Annie T. Giles Award 1987.


On Jan 14, 2006, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Pandora's Box was one of our first daylilies and has expanded to a huge area. It's a lovely flower and isn't affected by heat or sun beating down the color. Still a favorite of ours.


On Jul 22, 2004, Cesca_B from Henderson, KY wrote:

Pandora's Box has bloomed over and over again. At one point, I had 7 blooms on it, and that number was maintained for quite a while. Right now, I have three buds and am preparing for an end of July blooming.


On Jul 17, 2003, gregspam from Dothan, AL wrote:

this one is a great rebloomer, i had 4 open at one time several times.


On Jan 27, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

A real beauty does great in zone 6. Has 4" fragrant cream flowers with a purple eye, 19" scapes. Talbott (1980)