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36013.jpgEarlybird Cardinal™ Hemerocallis Daylily Plant

Earlybird Cardinal™ Daylily

Item # 36013
Buy 3+ at $12.95 ea

Blooms 100 Days a Year!

A Darrel Apps introduction, so the quality speaks for itself.
Plant Patent 16,515. Cultivar name: 'Endless Heart'

Expect up to 4 seasons of bloom each year from this magnificent red daylily, one of breeder Darrel Apps's Very finest. Part of the Jersey Earlybird™ series, Earlybird Cardinal™ delights with large watermelon-red blooms and evergreen foliage. Don't miss it for the perennial border, meadow garden, and containers.

The flowers measure up to 4 inches wide, and arise on very floriferous plants. Earlybird Cardinal™ sets 6 or more fans per plant, instead of the usual 2 to 3, so you get twice the blooms and then some. The first flush is in late spring, repeating steadily into early autumn. That's an amazing show for any perennial!

These blooms are lovely, saturated wtih light red color and starred with a chartreuse throat. The edges of each petal are pie-crusted, creating a stylish look that is repeated by the many dozen as the season progresses.

Earlybird Cardinal™ reaches about 21 inches high, a butterfly and hummingbird magnet in the sunny garden. Like all daylilies, it is left alone by most pests, highly disease-resistant, and tolerant of adversity from dry soil to heat and humidity. Easy to grow, easier to fall in love with, it's a must-have! This diploid keeps its foliage through winter in most areas, making it a good choice for the foundation and other high-visibility spots. Zones 4-9.

Genus Hemerocallis
Variety 'Endless Heart'
PPAF PP#16,515
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 21 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions, Season Extenders
Bloom Color Light Red
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Farol Henkle from MI wrote (January 16, 2013):
If you want to see photos of the daylilies I purchased from you around 1986, the Robert Griesbach "Song Bird" series, plus "Cookie Monster," go to my Facebook page, photo album "Non-railroad" photos, and you'll see them, including "Cookie Monster," with a teeny frog resting inside it's bloom. These were purchased when I lived in Milford, MI and in 2006, I retired and moved to Flushing, MI. They were transplanted and went bonkers! Guess they love the clay soil!