Daylily 'South Seas'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: South Seas
Hybridized by Moldovan
Registered or introduced: 1993
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24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Midseason (M)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:


Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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


Frankfort, Illinois

Cloverdale, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas

Hazard, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Kalkaska, Michigan

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Stillwater, Minnesota

Helena, Montana

Hudson, New Hampshire

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Sandusky, Ohio

Reading, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Germantown, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Fort Valley, Virginia

Penhook, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Stephens City, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2015, agathaperpetua from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 2b) wrote:

South Seas is my new favourite daylily. The colour is outstanding and the eye is drawn to it despite being surrounded by several other varieties. Took about two years to really reach its peak. Well worth the wait.


On Apr 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The photos don't show it, but the luminous color is truly exceptional. A great performer.


On May 6, 2012, OldPerfessor from Hazard, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Nice coral colored bloom on a decent sized plant. Not a profuse bloomer for me, but "WOW" what color. Coral orange w/pink/red highlights and yellow throat.


On Oct 13, 2011, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Super color! A really hardy grower here, too.


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

Tropical in color, large open flower,and 20 buds on strong scapes.


On May 11, 2011, BusybodyT from Okoboji, IA wrote:

This plant is super hardy! It looks beautiful all season long, with continuous blooms.


On Oct 15, 2008, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Nice daylily in flower and leaf. This is a unique daylily for northern gardens because of the color. This plant is a very rapid multiplier too.


On Feb 24, 2007, hart from Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:

If you want a daylily that will be covered with blooms for weeks, this is it. This blooms longer than any other daylily in my garden. The color is beautiful and very striking from a distance as well.


On Jan 27, 2007, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

My favorite daylily both for color and rebloom. South Seas survived 25 below zero in a raised bed with no mulch. Raised meaning wooden any shape but no wider than your arm reach on both sides.


On Mar 14, 2005, sybiltwo from Excelsior, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This lily is one of my favorites. It's luscious color is very hard to capture on film. Must be seen to be truly appreciated. It is hot and tropical! Grows very well in my zone 4 garden.