Daylily 'Indian Giver'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Giver
Hybridized by Ferguson
Registered or introduced: 1991
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:

Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

San Jose, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Solsberry, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

South China, Maine

Edgewater, Maryland

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Norton, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Fairfax, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Bloomfield, New Jersey

Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

Millville, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)

Corning, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Felicity, Ohio

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Verona, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Azle, Texas

Brenham, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Pollok, Texas

Magna, Utah

Portsmouth, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Bristol, Wisconsin

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 18, 2016, LeeAnne151 from Portland, OR wrote:

True purple blooms, so many are really red or muddy mauve for me. Nice tidy grower. It is my favorite.


On Apr 20, 2015, hort_nut from Stockton, CA wrote:

This has no reflection on the merit of the plant itself, but I must ask: How did such an offensive name become formally associated with this cultivar? A name change should certainly be considered, as it is wholly inappropriate and detracts from this beautiful daylily. Personally, I couldn't use this in any garden because of the horribly negative connotation, and I'm shocked that this cultivar name was officially approved.

For an analysis of the term "Indian Giver," see


On Jun 21, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Exceptional daylily in my Southern New Jersey garden. One of my all time favorites. I always have gotten more compliments about this one flower than any other in my garden. Color is always true and doesn't distort with weather or PH change. Fast multiplier with TONS of flower scapes. EXCELLENT cultivar.


On Jul 19, 2012, bmerboy98 from Bloomfield, NJ wrote:

great daylily well worth it to have this one..a favorite of mine


On Jan 22, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Survived two Maine winters so far and the blooms are pretty this year. Last year only had a bloom and it was not expected. Think I am going to like this one very much.


On Jun 12, 2008, lilyq from Fairfax, MN wrote:

fast multiplier here...pretty flower.


On Jun 16, 2007, ericmg01 from Rockville, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

My favorite daylily. Such a beautiful color. I also enjoy the shape of the flower. Fast grower. Several buds each season per plant. A true winner and consistent bloomer! A must for anyone of like daylilies, or needs an easy perennial to add color and interest to the garden. Mine is grown in part-sun.


On Sep 19, 2002, clumboy wrote:

super nice plant. first year transplant small double fan bloomed very nicely for a baby. not fancy-schmancy like some, but really nice color and engaging to look at. seems to be a good parent as well. the new kid established itself quickly and has already begun to spread nicely. a good garden investment.