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Daylily 'Ed Murray'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Ed Murray
Hybridized by Grovatt
Registered or introduced: 1971
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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)

Flower Size:

Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:


Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Stout Silver Medal

Lenington All-American Award (or runner-up)

Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Dothan, Alabama

Scotland, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Moline, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

South China, Maine

Boyds, Maryland

Excelsior, Minnesota

Fairfax, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Mahopac, New York

Defiance, Ohio

Felicity, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Osceola, Pennsylvania

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Collierville, Tennessee

Falls Church, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Rich, saturated burgundy red, w/ ruffled edges, brilliant red when it catches the sunlight, one of my favorites. Looks great w/ my red Knockout roses. It blooms late, but continues for a long time. Only negative is it is slow to increase and 1 scape per fan is it so if you like it, buy several plants.


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

nice flower but I have trouble with the leaves coming up all curly and goofy looking in the spring for the last few years and then the buds yellowed and all fell off. Hasn't bloomed for me in those two years. The first year it was OK.


On Jul 6, 2007, 2zeus from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Although rather slow to increase, I do get one scape per mature fan, lots of buds, it's sunfast, and every bloom opens perfectly. This is my tallest daylily, and a real standout - an almost-black red.

One of my favourites every year.


On Jul 7, 2006, dwarfconifer from Boyds, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Unbelievably rich, velvety color. Attractive from dawn to dusk! Good for folks who don't get home until late afternoon. Not all cultivars are as generous with their beauty.


On Jul 17, 2003, MartyJo from Fayette, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

This remains our favorite black-red. Nice form and substance.


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

E.Grovitt 1971; Black-red self with green throat