Stella D’Oro Daylily: The golden star of your landscape

Last Updated on: 9th May 2024, 08:05 am

Want an undemanding, colorful yellow flower? Look to the Stella D’Oro day lily.

The world of daylilies is incredibly diverse and beautiful, but one variety shines above the rest — the Stella D’Oro daylily. Adored by garden enthusiasts for its vibrant, golden-yellow flowers and prolific reblooming habit, this compact plant is an alluring addition to any garden. In this article, we delve into the history, characteristics, and care of Stella D’Oro Daylilies, highlighting their versatility and ease of maintenance.

Background of the Stella D’Oro Daylily

Daylilies, part of the Hemerocallis genus, hail from Asia. But they have found a home in gardens worldwide. In the 1970s, the Stella D’Oro daylily was introduced en masse in the United States. It quickly made a name for itself in the gardening community. The plant’s name, which translates to “star of gold” in Italian, perfectly describes its blossoms’ sunny hue and starry shape.

Unfolding the Characteristics of Stella D’Oro Daylily

Stella D’Oro Daylily is a petite plant. It grows just to about one foot in height with a similar spread. The stars, or their golden-yellow blossoms, are almost three inches long. This plant’s unique selling point is its reblooming habit; unlike most daylilies that bloom only once per growing season, this day lily graces gardens with its vibrant flowers from late spring until the first frost.

Growing Conditions for This Lovely Lily

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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

Stella D’Oro Daylilies are renowned for their hardiness and adaptability. They can thrive in a wide range of climates, as evidenced by their broad USDA Plant Hardiness Zone range of 3 through 9. This means these daylilies can endure minimum winter temperatures from -40 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, making them suitable for various geographical locations.

Light requirements

While adaptable, Stella D’Oro Daylilies do have specific preferences when it comes to light exposure. They enjoy full sun to partial shade, with a particular liking for morning sunlight and some relief from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. Providing them with the right balance of sunlight and shade will lead to a more profuse flowering display and more vibrant colors in their flowers.

Soil preferences

Stella D’Oro Daylilies are generally unfussy about the type of soil they grow in. However, they prefer well-draining soil types such as loamy or sandy soils for optimal growth and health. These soils allow for excellent water penetration and root aeration, which contributes to the overall health and vigor of the plant.

Stella D’Oro Daylilies favor a neutral to slightly acidic pH range regarding soil pH. This means a pH level between 6.0 to 7.0 is ideal. The soil can better facilitate the uptake of nutrients necessary for the plant’s growth and blooming at this pH range.

Watering and fertilizing

Regular watering is crucial for Stella D’Oro Daylilies, particularly during dry spells. They enjoy moist, but not saturated, soil conditions. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases, so it’s important to water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering sessions.

As for fertilizing, a balanced fertilizer can significantly aid the growth and blooming of your Stella D’Oro Daylilies. An annual application of a slow-release fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (such as a 10-10-10 formula) can provide the nutrients these plants need to flourish.

Remember to apply the fertilizer in early spring as new growth emerges. Then do so again after the first flush of flowers has finished to support the plant’s reblooming habit. Always water thoroughly after fertilizing to ensure the nutrients are well-distributed in the soil and to prevent root burn.

With these ideal conditions met, Stella D’Oro Daylilies will reward gardeners with a stunning display of vibrant, golden-yellow blooms, adding a dash of sun-kissed charm to any garden.

Propagating and Planting Stella D’Oro Daylilies

Stella D’Oro daylilies offer two principal propagation methods: division and seeds. Each provides its unique set of benefits, and your chosen method can depend on your gardening style and the resources available to you.

Division of day lilies

The division is a straightforward, cost-effective way to multiply your Stella D’Oro Daylilies. The process involves separating the mature plant into smaller pieces, each with its roots and foliage. It’s best to perform division in early spring when new growth emerges or in late summer after the plant’s bloom cycle.

To divide your lilies, start by digging up the entire clump, not damaging the roots. Once the plant is free from the soil, gently separate the clump into smaller divisions using your hands or a clean, sharp tool. Each division should have at least two or three fans of leaves with an ample root system attached.

After division, replant the daylilies promptly to prevent the roots from drying out. Plant them at the same depth they were previously growing and water them thoroughly. The plants should establish themselves in their new location in a few weeks and begin vigorous growth.


Propagating from seeds offers an exciting avenue to potential new daylily hybrids. However, it is a more time-consuming method requiring more care. Stella D’Oro daylily seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist until germination. Due to genetic variation, daylilies grown from seeds may not resemble the parent plant.

Planting guide

Several factors ensure optimal growth when planting Stella D’Oro daylilies, whether newly purchased, divided, or grown from seeds. Choose a site that receives full sun to partial shade, preferably with morning sun and afternoon shade. Thus, you protect the plant from intense heat.

Space the plants about a foot apart to give them ample room to grow and spread. Stella D’Oro Daylilies thrive in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. Incorporate organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve soil fertility and structure.

These golden beauties pair well with other perennials that enjoy similar growing conditions. Consider companion planting with plants like salvia, lavender, and coneflowers. These combinations maximize your garden space and create a visually captivating display of colors and textures.

Ensuring Health and Longevity: Maintenance and Care

Minimal maintenance is needed for these graceful daylilies. Deadheading spent blooms and removing old foliage will encourage more flowers. In colder climates (zones 3-7), mulching can protect the plants in winter. Watch out for pests like aphids and rust, a common daylily disease. Regular inspection and prompt treatment can keep your plants healthy and vibrant.


Landscaping and Design Possibilities with Stella D’Oro Daylilies

Their compact size, striking color, and reblooming nature make Stella D’Oro daylilies a versatile choice for various garden styles — from rustic cottage gardens to sleek modern landscapes. They work well in borders, beds, and containers, and their golden color contrasts plants with blue or purple flowers.

Cultural Significance and Traditional Uses of Stella D’Oro Daylily

Daylilies have a history of use in traditional Asian medicine, and while the Stella D’Oro variety is more recent, it shares this heritage. Its vibrant color has made it a popular

subject in art and literature, symbolizing optimism, vitality, and the joy of summer. The daylily represents various cultural concepts, from forgetfulness and loss in Chinese folklore to motherhood in Victorian England.

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The Takeaway: Stella D’Oro Day Lily Is an Amazing, Low-Care Plant for Your Garden

There’s little wonder why the Stella D’Oro daylily has captured the hearts of gardeners worldwide. From its golden blooms and reblooming habit to its versatility and low maintenance, this daylily variety is a shining star. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned gardener, consider inviting this ‘star of gold’ into your garden landscape for a touch of vibrant charm that lasts throughout the growing season.

Our exploration into the delightful world of Stella D’Oro daylilies doesn’t have to end here. We invite you to follow DIY Home & Garden for more insightful gardening tips and scientifically backed best practices. Discover more about the other wonderful day lily varieties you can work into your garden, and learn how to care best for them to create a beautiful and thriving garden. We recommend resources such as the American Hemerocallis Society for a deeper dive into the enchanting universe of daylilies.

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Deborah Tayloe
Deborah Tayloe
Deborah Tayloe is the CEO and co-founder of Tayloe's Lawn Care Services, LLC. She has a B.S.Ed and holds certificates in soil and water management and herbology from accredited programs.
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