Daylily 'Gentle Shepherd'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Gentle Shepherd
Hybridized by Yancey
Registered or introduced: 1982
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Semi-evergreen (sev.)



Awards (if applicable):

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Arbuckle, California

North Fork, California

Valdosta, Georgia

Rockford, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky (2 reports)

Durham, Maine

Falmouth, Maine

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Wyoming, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Freehold, New Jersey

Schroon Lake, New York

Rockbridge, Ohio

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Conroe, Texas

Plains, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Bristol, Wisconsin

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Franklin, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2011, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Pretty, and very white. But a slooooow increaser for me. I ended up replacing it with something else since I couldn't devote the space to it any more.


On Jan 12, 2008, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Seems to be the whitest white I have seen and is very hardy here in Maine.


On Jun 7, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this DL. I planted mine in bright shade and when it didn't bloom last year I started wondering if I needed to transplant it to a sunnier location. It bloomed this year so I'm not touching it.


On Feb 20, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Daylily 'Gentle Shepherd', Hemerocallis, Hybridized by Yancey, 1982: Of all the daylilies I grow this is the best white! This is above and beyond Snowy Apparition, Joan Senior and many other white/near whites. Granted, being a SEV here in Zone 5a/b, it is a tough climate for this cultivar. However, I grow a lot of SEV's and semi's with leaves frozen to the ground still green. And with the mild January just past, a lot of new growth was noticed trying to poke up. However, this past weekend, Feb. 18-19, (2006) temperatures fell to around "0"F with high winds. This put the brakes on everything. It is planted in nearly every perennial bed I have; with a heavy mulch for protection. Even with the weather here this daylily has and will continue to grow and bloom beautifully!


On Aug 10, 2004, Rootsie from Fredericton,

Mine is closer to a light yellow than a near white. It's a slow increaser as well. That said, it has made it through a number of terribly cold winters (-40) and is a nice size.


On Oct 28, 2003, hemlady from Melvindale, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

The flower of this one is a good near white, but plant does not increase well in zone 5 in Michigan. I have moved it twice to see if location will help it, but it hasn't.


On Oct 27, 2003, pigeon1943 from Harwinton, CT wrote:

though I love the flower, the plant does not do well for me here in CT-in 5 years, divided from 2 fans to 4, and they never grew to be anything but short and sparce. Maybe I need to move it. Great white though.


On Feb 4, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

About as close to a pure white as you can get in a daylily.
It has 5.5" white blooms with a yellow/green throat. On 30" scapes ,mine has even rebloomed.Yancey 1982


On Nov 7, 2002, FLGator from Valdosta, GA wrote:

A large clump produces bouquets of blooms. A friend of mine says it looks like a bridal bouquet.