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Stella de Oro Daylily; MILF of the Perennial World

By Allyn Paul, filed under Landscape Tips, Life & Lawns.

MILFMy favorite landscape plant is the stella de Oro (star of gold) day lily.
Stella de Oro daylilies are herbaceous (non-woody stems) plants that come back year after year (perennial), and are successfully grown from Georgia to Wisconsin and beyond.

What I like about Stella:
Stella is an early starter, blooming around May in the Chicago area, and will flower all summer long and even into the fall if cared for properly. stella day lilyIn fact, her ability to re-flower over a long period, along with her adaptability to a wide range of planting zones and conditions, makes Stella de Oro daylily the most popular of all daylilies. She’s a real “MILF” in the perennial world!
The flowers are bright yellow and trumpeted
, sticking up around 14″ high. The sword-shaped foliage is very classy-looking, forming a dense clump that spreads about 12-14″.

Sun and Soil Requirements for Stella de Oro Daylily:
Stella will spit out more blooms if grown in full sunshine, but will also do fairly well light shade (dappled sun), thus offering a lot of flexibility in location. She’s also drought-tolerant and prefers well-drained soil. Think about it, Stella is not only a MILF, she fits in just about anywhere, and she’s low maintenance too!

How can you use Stella in your landscape?:
I have stellas going solo like any other shrub, but they can also be planted around landscape boarders, or in mass groupings (Stella looks good in gang-plantings). They also look very nice placed in a large pot on your deck.
In addition, Stella is deer and rabbit resistant, making her a good choice for critter infested areas.

stella daylilly with blooms in JulyCare for Stella de Oro Daylily:
Her individual flowers survive just 1 day, but Stella de Oro daylily will re-bloom. She will put out more profusely if the spent flowers are deadheaded: remove stem and all (Here’s a complete article with pictures involving Stella pruning and deadheading).

Overall Stella de Oro daylily is a fairly low-maintenance perennial: just cut her to the ground before winter and like most MILF’s she’ll return again in Spring.After 3 years or so, you may consider splitting your larger, mature Stellas into multiple MILFs. I usually do this in early spring, splitting them with an ordinary shovel. Cut the root ball in half and re-plant in well-drained soil.

Recently, Stella has been propigated further, and comes in brilliant red! If you’d like to purchase your very own Stella MILF, try Gurney’s Seed and Nursery


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10 Responses to “Stella de Oro Daylily; MILF of the Perennial World”

  1. Josh Says:
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    Hahahaha! This had me cracking up! I may go by the nursery and pick up one of these MILFs soon!

  2. ONEQUARTLOW Says:
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    LOL…a new twist to MILF…I love it! We too like our lilies but I don’t think we have any day ones….May need to rectify that provided we can find an inch of dirt to add another plant…LOL

    T

  3. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Tommy,
    I know you really like gardening and you are in a great place to grow almost anything.
    You should send me some pics of your garden and let me post them here!
    It would give you some link juice, but also be a nice way to show off your hard work.
    Let me know eh?

    Josh–same with you. I wanna see that lawn now that you pu down some fert and seed.
    AL

  4. ONEQUARTLOW Says:
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    Our property usually looks best in September…Roses are in full throat, we plant dahlia’s every year in front, and the lawn is usually the greenest and lushest in the area….I know I have some pics because I make sure and take em every year….I’ll see what I can dig up…

    T

  5. Josh Says:
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    Will do, Al. I took a before picture, and now that we’ve actually had rain off and on, the grass is greening up and looking good!

  6. The Ramen Blog Says:
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    I always get the best, most down to earth advice from lawn sites. One helped me get business credit. Go figure. …”MILF of the perennial world…” Not quite sure where that line will get me though.

  7. Brenda Says:
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    I love Stella’s. We live in “sand” land in South Carolina so we get 90-100 thru the Summer. My Stellas don’t stay pretty and green and I don’t seem to get a lot of blooms. Any ideas. They get plenty of water.
    Someone mentioned putting iron around them to keep them green. Really want them to look good all Summer

  8. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi Brenda.
    Since you have sandy soil, you may consider digging up your stella’s and relanting them in a nice mix of mushroom compost, top soil and manure.

  9. Allison Says:
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    I’ve always wanted to try the Stellas. You’ve inspired me!

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