Daylily 'Stella De Oro'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Stella De Oro
Additional cultivar information:(aka Stella d'Oro)
Hybridized by Jablonski
Registered or introduced: 1975
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Miniature (less than 3" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bright Yellow

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Stout Silver Medal

Donn Fischer Memorial Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama

Five Points, Alabama

Foley, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama(2 reports)

Holly Pond, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Irvington, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Montevallo, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Kenai, Alaska

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Malvern, Arkansas

Oakland, Arkansas

Apple Valley, California

Berkeley, California

Cazadero, California

Ceres, California

Cerritos, California

Desert View Highlands, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Hesperia, California

Littlerock, California

Pleasant Hill, California

Redlands, California

Riverside, California

San Clemente, California

San Jose, California

Santa Rosa, California

Tracy, California

Wildomar, California

Aurora, Colorado

Broomfield, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Groton, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Seymour, Connecticut

Waterbury, Connecticut

Seaford, Delaware

Washington, District of Columbia

Daytona Beach, Florida

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Deland, Florida

Lake City, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Quincy, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Webster, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Alpharetta, Georgia

Auburn, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Barwick, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Lilburn, Georgia

Quitman, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia(2 reports)

Tifton, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Wrens, Georgia

Kihei, Hawaii

Eagle, Idaho

Oldtown, Idaho

Champaign, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois(3 reports)

Davis Junction, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Moline, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Round Lake, Illinois

Spring Grove, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Westchester, Illinois

Williamsville, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Chesterton, Indiana

Danville, Indiana

Elberfeld, Indiana

Greenville, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Mooresville, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Upland, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa

Earlham, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Nevada, Iowa

Derby, Kansas

Olathe, Kansas

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Bellevue, Kentucky

Dayton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Flemingsburg, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Paducah, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Coushatta, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Metairie, Louisiana

Pride, Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Trout, Louisiana

Bangor, Maine

Durham, Maine

South Berwick, Maine

Edgewater, Maryland

Hughesville, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Rockville, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Fall River, Massachusetts

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Milton, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Westford, Massachusetts

Brooklyn, Michigan

Eau Claire, Michigan

Gladwin, Michigan

Hemlock, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Port Huron, Michigan

Redford, Michigan

Romeo, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Taylor, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Trenton, Michigan

Warren, Michigan

Avon, Minnesota

Hibbing, Minnesota

Isanti, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota(4 reports)

Saint Cloud, Minnesota(2 reports)

Saint Paul, Minnesota(2 reports)

Young America, Minnesota

Horn Lake, Mississippi

Lumberton, Mississippi

Rienzi, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Conway, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Ozark, Missouri

Saint Robert, Missouri

West Plains, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Central City, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska(3 reports)

Auburn, New Hampshire

Newport, New Hampshire

Freehold, New Jersey

Metuchen, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

Clovis, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Elba, New York

Jefferson, New York

Kew Gardens, New York

Mahopac, New York

Mechanicville, New York

Medina, New York

Mount Upton, New York

New Hyde Park, New York

Rochester, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

South Ozone Park, New York

Cary, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Gastonia, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(3 reports)

Taylorsville, North Carolina

Thomasville, North Carolina

Weaverville, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota

Forman, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Akron, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Canton, Ohio

Chandlersville, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio(3 reports)

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Granville, Ohio

Lewis Center, Ohio

Nashport, Ohio

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Powell, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Comanche, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma(3 reports)

Hugo, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma

Baker City, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Blodgett, Oregon

Dallas, Oregon

Depoe Bay, Oregon

Lincoln Beach, Oregon


Oakland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Albion, Pennsylvania

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dallastown, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Millerstown, Pennsylvania

Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Warren Center, Pennsylvania

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Elizabethton, Tennessee(2 reports)

Johnson City, Tennessee

Morrison, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Cibolo, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

League City, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Onalaska, Texas

Palestine, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Tatum, Texas

Provo, Utah

Riverton, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Montpelier, Vermont

West Dummerston, Vermont

Chantilly, Virginia

Clarksville, Virginia

Danville, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Ames Lake, Washington

Concrete, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Redmond, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Union Hill-Novelty Hill, Washington

Woodland, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Delavan, Wisconsin

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Kansasville, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

New Glarus, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Tomah, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin

Casper, Wyoming

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 28, 2016, Cen from Hughesville, MD wrote:

I don't like this daylily. Okay, it was a gift, and you should not . . . I think it is over planted - you see it everywhere. And I too have noticed the decline in blooms. In my opinion, if you want a continuous blooming yellow Happy Returns would be a good choice.


On Jun 16, 2015, Stelladora from Omaha, NE wrote:

I do not agree with the negative reviews. My Dad planted several Stella d'Ora in our garden 28 years ago, and they are still a glorious sight to behold. He obviously took good care of them, but they were by no means a fussy or demanding plant. They're a lovely shade of yellow, and the foliage is so tidy, unlike other types of lilies.


On Jun 17, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Yes, it's gold, and yes, it's way overused. But it's overused because it's a stellar performer.

I don't understand the negative reviews, except perhaps that the reviewers had unrealistic expectations for what a daylily can do.

For best performance, all daylilies really need full sun, at least 8 hours, especially if you want good repeat bloom. Scapes should be removed before seed is formed, and regular water and fertilizer/compost are also important for maximal bloom. Division every few years (with soil renewal) is also essential, as heavy bloomers quickly exhaust the soil. Neglected clumps decline in flower production after a few years, but this is true for all heavy bloomers.

Even at best, Stella rests for six weeks after its first flush of bl... read more


On Jun 17, 2014, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have to agree w/ negative comments concerning eventual decline. Stella is an overplanted variety in my area, including esplanades. The first year or two there was a riot of yellow blooms but 2-3 years later, much green growth and maybe 10% flowers.


On Jun 16, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

So over-rated I find myself warning new gardeners about this plant. It gives an ever decreasing show of blooms each year and then I wait (and wait, and wait) for the few scattered blooms to show up later in the season. Plenty of vigorous leaf growth but it's amongst the first to start turning yellow in the late summer. Just not enough bang for the buck. My other daylilies (a wide variety) grow huge with so many blooms, dead-heading is a daily chore. I've seen this plant in showcase public gardens but have never seen it nearly so robust in any of my gardens. I have been told I have a green thumb and give all my plants TLC but this one's a loser for me. There are far more great choices for repeat bloomers whose blooms are continuous. I will say that one plant in the shade turned yell... read more


On Jun 22, 2013, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My front yard's garden is like a desert. Yet my "Stelle de Oro" continues to live on. It stays compact and small, and it flowered for the first time this year. It blended nicely with the desert feel. I do not quite understand why this plant has negatives, even after reading the posts for them.


On Apr 30, 2013, naomiZ5b from Bangor, ME wrote:

This one is a dud for me. It blooms well for a couple of weeks in early summer; after that point it puts up only a few odd blooms . Full sun or part shade, more or less fertilizer, frequent dividing -- I've tried it all and nothing seems to make a difference. Perhaps what I bought wasn't the true plant, but in its brief period of bloom it certainly does resemble the pictures. Highly overrated.


On Mar 3, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Common,so many better rebloomers, bitsy taller 24" clear yellow flower,pardon me a nice red nocturnal and rosey returns a rich pink. we call" stella de oro" it the gas station daylily.Buy your plants from independents.


On Jul 5, 2010, Nickolock from Tifton, GA wrote:

From hundreds of daylilies the miniature sized Stella d' Oro is the first to bloom in our garden and it re-blooms the most all season. It is very light orange and not lemon yellow as someone else said. Take a bloom into your kitchen and compare with a lemon. That person might have Happy Returns which is a re-blooming daylily that is close to lemon yellow in color, but does not quite approach Stella d' Oro in number of blooms nor openess of bloom. I wish all daylilies bloomed as often and as much as Stella d' Oro! By late summer most daylilies are done for the season, but Stella d' Oro keeps going provided you give it water in the heat of drought and remove the old seed pods which will sap it's strength. In the southern coastal plains we have too much drought and heat for them to per... read more


On May 22, 2010, satkins from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted this plant several yrs ago in partial shade and I have only had 3-4 blooms in a season. My front yard is xeriscaped and the yarrow seedling I planted nearby the same day is 3-4 feet across and blooms like crazy (around 50-75 blooms). Not sure why Stella is so slow- seems even smaller this yr than last.


On May 18, 2010, ericabelle from West Plains, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

We all see this daylily planted so many places, that it just becomes commonplace to us - but that is not the plant's fault! =) On its own merit, it is a very beautiful daylily that has a remarkable bloom period. I have to say I rolled my eyes when we moved into this house and dozens of stella daylilies started coming up. I relocated some and gave some away; but I really started appreciating this lily when I planted it in a raised bed in composted manure. I didn't realize what a beautiful plant it could be until then.


On May 13, 2010, julzperry from Horn Lake, MS wrote:

I love these daylilies. I planted mine 4 years ago right under a big shade tree in my front yard. They get 2 hours of sun at the most every day, and are still fabulous little performers.


On Feb 25, 2010, stonemiller from Elmwood Park, IL wrote:

All of the info I've read says the best time to divide Stellas is in the fall. I'd like to divide mine this spring. Will they suffer undue damage if do this?


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

You see this plant everywhere--malls, highways,etc. so I was not interested in it. But, a couple of years ago I picked up a few at the fall clearance sale at the grocery store for $1 each. I have a weedy, rocky, dry area under some large trees where I was putting in hostas, nothing else ever grows there. I planted the Stellas there and forgot about them until the following spring. I have to say I was amazed at how well they did with really no care at all, and how much better that "problem area" looks now.


On Jul 6, 2009, Chutch1974 from Riverton, UT wrote:

This daylily does extremely well, but it is way too overused.


On Apr 21, 2009, jeff0452 from Rio Rancho, NM wrote:

Not hard to care for at all: I planted this in the hot sun last summer, and it not only never went into shock, but kept on flowering into fall. Not huge-flowered, but produced many flower spikes. My fiancee loves the long blooming season. I was surprised this spring to see this nibbled on by rabbits, but I have added some chicken wire for protection, and the plant is recovering nicely.


On Apr 6, 2009, kimsuff from Littlerock, CA wrote:

Hi. We have a patch about 8' x 20' of these in the high (Mojave) desert, (Zone 7a). They are evergreen through our reasonably mild winters, rarely below 25 degrees. They are drought-tolerant and survive our long, hot, dry summers with no rain and temps to 100+, plus poor, alkaline soil. Of course, they do better with deep watering weekly in the Summer, and bloom from mid May (30 days afer last frost) through late October.

Not maintenance free, but removing dead "grassy" leaves and feeding twice is simple enough. What's not to love? Best, Deb


On Jan 25, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Very cold hardy and does rebloom here in my zone when very few daylilies do. Because of this it is everywhere in Maine when they landscape Malls, highways and such.

You will not see other colors except possibly Happy Returns and an occasional pink of Siloam Double Classic or Strawberry Candy for other rebloomers fall far short of their promise for our zone. We can expect bloom in the early summer and in late Sept or Oct in the warmer areas of our cities from these varieties. The rest are planted like they are one season only.


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

Yeah it does well.
But its not spectacular, lots of daylilies are this good or better, they just didn't have an advertising campaign when they were introduced.
One of the really successful campaigns in modern "green industry" history. This plant, knockout roses, and Wave Petunias.
All good plants but not as "great" as you've been led to believe.
I couldn't believe the demand for these at the nursery I worked at when these were introduced..they outsold every other daylilly 10 to 1. Because so many people had them, more people wanted them, more people had them, more people wanted naseum.
But it is a nice daylily, I just can't stand how people bought into the marketing....


On Aug 5, 2008, gardenlep from Dallastown, PA wrote:

We have several kinds of daylillies but need to know what can be done to promote new growth/new blooms this year.I love them until they begin to look 'messy'. Ideas????


On Jul 23, 2008, Noel1 from Andover, MA wrote:

Noel1 in northeastern Massachusetts.Love this lilly! It is minimal care, grows in full sun or sun/shade. I have a patch about 5' x 7' which burst into beauty this year mid-June and will blossom until the frost.


On Jul 21, 2008, covsgarden from Avalon, NJ wrote:

planted in full morning sun with Northeast exposure. Plant is in shade in afternoon. Plants are prolific bloomers in spring but gradually decrease as summer progresses. Plants have an enormous amount of pods on stalks but pods won't open. is this normal?


On May 10, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

In our dry, high desert climate with long, cold winters, Stella De Oro, is less than stellar. Stays alive and blooms with a few flowers for only a short time.


On Sep 18, 2007, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Great plant for all-summer long, low-maintenance blooming. Plus, the foliage is attractive too. Best to divide them every few years but otherwise they are very easy to grow and one of the longest re-blooming daylilies.


On Sep 2, 2007, crazy4brugs from Kansasville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I feel this plant is very over rated. And I love daylilies.


On May 4, 2007, gardeninggalok from Yukon, OK wrote:

I recently started about 15 stellas from root. They have foliage that is about 4 inches tall. I was wondering if anyone know if they will bloom the first year? If not, will they next season? I love these plants, but wanted to save money starting from root. I know I will have to wait longer, but have no idea, can anyone advise?


On Jan 1, 2007, isabella from Taunton, MA wrote:

Steadfast and reliable performer. Nice bright yellow color, and nice foliage. Makes a great early summer continuation of the cheer of spring-time daffodils. Resistant to pests and diseases, unlike my oriental, tiger, and asian lilies which eaten alive by beetles.

Very easy to grow plant. Needs maintenance to keep ut a tidy appearance by pruning out dead flower/seed stalks. Also by late summer/early winter the foliage is a little ragged.


On Apr 23, 2006, Katze from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Great plant for beginner gardeners. We inherited these when we bought our house and they've been one of the easiest plants to care for. Very hardy in zone 4.

I just wanted to add that these have no problems with transplanting. We moved a bunch of these from one area in our yard to another a month or so ago. They didn't go into any sort of shock and are actually about to bloom (about a month ahead of when they usually bloom for us).


On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice, re-blooming daylily, but overused in my opinion. Good in small quantities with lots of other plants. Blooms June - October in my garden.


On Nov 4, 2005, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very susceptible to the Asian daylily rust.


On Jun 23, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Little Stella came true from seeds sown two years ago...blooming now for her first time..very cute..I love her seize..only 20 cm in hight !


On Jun 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very reliable daylily and blooms all summer long. It's very winter-hardy in my zone 5 garden.


On Oct 10, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Agree completely with nynighthawk - although often considered boring by collectors, you cannot beat the durability and performance of Stella D'Oro.


On Oct 4, 2003, nynighthawk from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

Having a small front yard garden, every plant is important and has to earn its keep. Stella d'oro is one of the anchors. It is compact, adaptable to any weather, sun, soil conditions and has at least three full flushes of bloom from May into late fall. A great plant.


On Jul 19, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

The old tried and true favorite. Small plants smothered in smallish, bright, lemon yellow blossom. Very easy to grow, thrives in a range of soils and climates, and almost constantly blooming. Good to provide constant color in the perennial garden or for edgings. Seems to bloom from early summer right up until frost.


On Jul 9, 2003, jgtruly from Five Points, AL wrote:

I find this daylilly constantly blooms and keeps color in my garden from spring to fall. Stella's are my favorite.


On Jan 24, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This makes a great border plant one of the best rebloomers, blooms all summer.


On May 16, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Jablonski 1975; Gold self with small green throat