Daylily 'El Desperado'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: El Desperado
Hybridized by Stamile
Registered or introduced: 1991
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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

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

Bloom Time:

Late (La)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Medium Purple

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Stout Silver Medal Runner-up

Don C. Stevens Award (or runner-up)

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Trenton, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Coatesville, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Lancaster, Kentucky

Trout, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Edgewater, Maryland

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts

Revere, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Piedmont, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Schroon Lake, New York

Southold, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina(2 reports)

Pekin, North Dakota

Chandlersville, Ohio

Lynchburg, Ohio

Uniontown, Ohio

Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Kingsport, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

League City, Texas

Lindale, Texas

Linden, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

John Sam Lake, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Marysville, Washington

Priest Point, Washington

Shaker Church, Washington

Stimson Crossing, Washington

Weallup Lake, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 30, 2009, rebloomnut from Cut Bank, MT (Zone 3a) wrote:

Bought from an unreliable source years back and it died 2nd year. Bought again last year from a better one and this year it bloomed with huge beautiful blooms. Nice plant and increase this year also. Am very happy with it. For zones in N it is very hardy.


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

Very hardy in my zone but not a Late season bloomer here. Panda Bear is much later in blooming season as is Blackberry Candy. I have it in my coldest spot in my raised wooden bed and it has no problems, blooms every year and I love it.


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

Fabulous color with wonderful habits in zone 4.