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Hemerocallis 'Bitsy'
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Hemerocallis 'Bitsy' (Bitsy Daylily) - Evergreen mid-season repeat-blooming daylily with two-inch lemon-yellow flowers, which qualifies 'Bitsy' as a miniature daylily. It has narrow grassy foliage growing to only 12 to 16 inches tall with dark-stemmed flower spikes up to 24 inches. A very floriferous variety that blooms from mid to late spring through the fall. This hybrid was introduced by Warner in 1963 and is an All American winner for 2002 and winner of the 1968 Donn Fischer Memorial Cup. This award is given to the hybridizer of the year's most outstanding miniature daylily cultivar. This is one of the best daylilies for southern California but it can also be successfully grown in nearly any garden down to USDA Zone 4. Reasons for its popularity and acclaim include its very early bloom and tolerance of extreme heat and cold. Plant in full sun to light shade. Although tough enough to handle minimal irrigation, plants look better and bloom far more when given a regular watering. It is tolerant of most soils and temperatures down well below 0 F. The flowers are edible and tasty and contain considerable amounts of vitamins A and C, plus some protein. Added to salads they add color and flavor. The different cultivars have widely different flavors and, in general, the lighter colored flowers tend to taste better. Care should be exercised to not eat flowers of any plant that may have been sprayed with pesticides. People with plant allergies should check with their physician before eating daylilies. Hemerocallis comes from two Greek words meaning ''beauty'' and ''day,'' referring to the fact that each flower lasts only a day.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Hemerocallis 'Bitsy'.