Daylily 'Daring Dilemma'


Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Daring Dilemma
Hybridized by Salter
Registered or introduced: 1992
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24-36 in. (60-90 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:

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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:


Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Dark Purple/Black

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Grady, Alabama

San Bernardino, California

Macy, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Maryville, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Sandown, New Hampshire

Millville, New Jersey

Niagara Falls, New York (2 reports)

Morehead City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Powell, Ohio

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Vidor, Texas

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Daring Dilemma is an idiot proof plant. It's certainly a workhorse in the garden... it just blooms like crazy and doesn't quit in the intense heat and humidity of New Jersey summers. The flowers have a really beautiful form, but the flower color is just weird. It's not peach, not orange, not pink.... it's kinda brown, with a super dark eye. It makes a statement from a distance, but up close it's not very pretty. Definitely a masculine looking flower, ruffles and all!


On Jun 11, 2007, bob48burg from Powell, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This flower is gorgeous in a clump. Originally added this plant to our garden 12 years ago; now have 7 clumps. Last year, over 30 blooming scapes. This year we have-er-had 53. The deer took 32 of them last night so it's a favorite of their's, too. But seriously, the flower is perfectly formed, and the color (not as pink as some might like) has grown on me every year--of over 150 cultivars, this one is in our top 5.


On Oct 26, 2003, pigeon1943 from Harwinton, CT wrote:

A nice sturdy plant that divides well, and also flowers well, but I'm not impressed with the flower. It's OK, but not the award winner I expected it to be.


On Feb 26, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

5" blooms, 24" scape,Salter 1992