Daylily 'Albert Behnke'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Albert Behnke
Hybridized by Viette
Registered or introduced: 1988
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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:

Midseason (M)

Flower Size:

Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:

Diurnal (diu.)

Flower Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Color Patterns:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Foliage Habit:

Dormant (dor.)



Awards (if applicable):

Stout Silver Medal

Lenington All-American Award (or runner-up)

Donn Fischer Memorial Award (or runner-up)

Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up)

Lambert/Webster Award (or runner-up)

Ida Munson Award (or runner-up)

Harris Olson Spider Award (or runner-up)

Don C. Stevens Award (or runner-up)

Eugene S. Foster Award (or runner-up)

R.W. Munson, Jr. Award (or runner-up)

Award of Merit (or runner-up)

Honorable Mention

Junior Citation

Extra Large Diameter Award (or runner-up)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 2, 2020, GardenMaze from Rockville, MD wrote:

eBlog: Beyond Behnkes, July 2, 2020, Issue 26, by Stephanie Fleming: ... I did get a few pictures of two daylilies that my grandfather, Albert Behnke, named after my cousin [Jeanne Byrnes] and myself [Stephanie Fleming]. Plus, one that was named after him [Albert Behnke].

Albert Behnke was often asked to trial or test grow different plants. Many of them were daylilies from his friend Andre Viette. Sometimes if the plant performed well, he was able to name them... Then there was the first white daylily, which was named 'Albert Behnke', by Andre Viette. In truth, my grandfather really did not care for it all that much since it was more of a creamy white."[Behnkes Nursery closed in 06/2019 after 89 years in the Beltsville and, briefly, also Potomac, MD areas.]