Jun 17 2012
When I was growing up I didn’t know the name of these common summer flowers. Later on I learned to call them Railroad Lilies.
Their real name is Orange Daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) and they’re a garden plant gone wild. As a cultivar from East Asia, their seeds are sterile so they spread by fibrous roots and rhizomes. Once established, they’re hard to get rid of and are even considered invasive in Wisconsin. (In Pennsylvania they’re on the invasive species Watch List.)
Their last name, daylily, comes from the fact that each flower blooms for only one day. Their choice of habitat earned them two nicknames: Ditch Lily and Railroad Lily.
They’re blooming now in Pennsylvania. Despite their weedy reputation they certainly dress up the landscape.
(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)