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Daylily 'Magic Dawn'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Magic Dawn
Hybridized by Hall
Registered or introduced: 1954
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36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Early midseason (EM)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



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:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Blakely, Georgia

Palmyra, Illinois

Ewing, Kentucky

Ferriday, Louisiana

Jackson, Louisiana

Lebanon, Maine

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Lincoln, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Southold, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Albany, Oregon

North Scituate, Rhode Island

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 15, 2006, mummu from Lebanon, ME (Zone 4b) wrote:

I love this lily. It came with our old farmhoue. However, I'm a little confused. When I checked the American Hemerocallis Society database, it described Magic Dawn as having a "rose pink self". Do we have two lilies w/same name?

Editor's note:
The true 'Magic Dawn' and award-winner is a rose pink self. However, it's been sold for many years as the bicolor posted in most of the pictures above. The actual name of the bicolor is believed to be 'Howdy' .

However, as many will attest, the colors are not the same in this bicolor as 'Howdy'. For the benefit of our readers, we are leaving the photos that are representative of the plant commonly sold under this name; if anyone has the true rose pink self 'Magic Dawn', please post a photo herei... read more


On Jul 25, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had this plant for about 25 years. The first season after I planted it (in partial shade), I watered it well and fed it. Since then I haven't done ANYTHING to it, and it blooms every year, even though it's pretty much been overtaken by weeds.
Bottom line -- a VERY robust variety.