Stella D’Oro Daylily Care and Information

The Stella D’Oro Daylily is a beautiful bright yellow daylily that is a staple of any garden.

Stella De Oro Lily Flower

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The Stella D’Oro daylily is a long-season daylily that grows to about 10 to 12 inches and can spread as wide as 2 feet.

This beautiful and easy to care for flower is a great option to have along the front edge of your garden. 

The Stella D’Oro daylily is a popular flower to include in your summer garden. Here is some quick info and care tips for the Stella D’Oro Daylily. 

Stella D’Oro Daylily General Information

Stella D’Oro daylily borrows its name from Stella D’Oro, meaning a star of gold in Italian. 

This flowering plant is a perennial that has flowers that typically only last about a day or so. But new flowers bloom regularly and many gardeners report that Stella D’Oro daylilies are in bloom from early-to-mid-summer all the way through to fall. 

These beautiful daylilies are not native to North America, having come over from Asia.

The Stella D’Oro daylily is actually a hybrid plant and was actually redeveloped by Walter Jablonski to become a reblooming flower.

This is what gives the Stella D’Oro daylily such a long blooming season. 

Growing Stella D’Oro Daylilies

Stella D' Oro Flower Photo

Growing a Stella D’Oro daylily is easy so long as they are given the right spot in your garden.

These golden daylilies prefer to be in the sun but can also thrive in shadier areas.

If you want the fullest set of Stella D’Oro daylilies, then make sure that they are in full sun in order for the plant to reach its full blooming potential. 

Stella D’Oro Daylily Care

You can often find Stella D’Oro daylilies along the roadside, in your garden, popping up in fields as wildflowers, or even occasionally outside of a gas station. This speaks to just how easy to care for the Stella D’Oro daylily really is.

If you want to keep your garden full of fresh and vibrant Stella D’Oro daylilies, then you need to practice deadheading. 

What is Deadheading?

Deadheading is the practice of removing the stem and flower from spent flowers on the plants. If you choose not to deadhead your Stella D’Oro daylily, then the plant will start to produce seeds in order to grow itself again.

When your plant begins to develop seeds, more energy is focused on that task than on creating more beautiful golden flowers. 

To deadhead your Stella D’Oro daylily, remove the spent flower or blossom as well as the ovary respective, which looks like a small bulb. You can either pinch the flower and the ovary off of the stem of the plant or cut it off using garden scissors

Watering and Fertilizer

These resilient little flowers can take on a lot but do best when regularly watered and when in soil that is padded with compost or fertilizer.

Stella D’Oro daylilies can grow without any fertilizer but will produce a larger plant with more blooms if fed with fertilizer twice a year.

Fertilizing the daylily in the early spring as it emerges is a general best practice. 

Stella D'oro Yellow Daylilies - 10 Bare Root Perennials Re-Bloomer
  • Height: 12-24" - Bloom Time: Summer - 10 bare root plants
  • Yellow blooms all summer long - Re-bloom many times during the summer
  • Plant in well drained soil with full sun
  • Clump grows larger every year and may be divided
  • Blb size: No 1


What does Stella D’Oro mean?

Stella means “star” in Italian. The word d’oro means “of gold.” This daylily gets its name because of the yellow color that is said to resemble the sun. The flower is often called the gold star daylily.

When to plant Stella D’Oro seeds?

Stella d’oro seeds are best planted in fall right after the first frost. In the fall, the weather is cooler, the soil is moist and the seedlings are less likely to get eaten by critters.
As with all daylilies, you must plant the seeds in a pot or in the ground as soon as you receive them. If you plant them too long after you get them, they lose their ability to grow. 

What to plant in front of Stella d’oro daylily?

Stella d’oro daylily can grow in full sun to partial shade. They have a clumping growth habit, so you can plant them next to dark green perennials such as hosta, or a light green perennial such as rose bay willow herb.

What can I plant with Stella d’oro daylily?

Stella d’oro daylily flowers are bright and bold, so you’ll want to plant them where they will be seen. They look great next to dark evergreens like junipers, firs, and arborvitae. Because Stella d’oro daylilies are bold, you can also combine them with other colorful perennials. A mix of bright yellow and orange daylilies, like ‘Honey Bear’, will really make a statement.

Are Stella D’Oro Daylilies Edible?

There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not you should eat Stella D’oro lilies. There are many that say yer you can but there are just about the same amount of people who say you shouldn’t.

I personally haven’t tried them and am still on the fence on whether I should or should not.

Many people eat daylilies with no ill effects, while others think they are harmful to humans and other animals, even if they have never eaten daylilies before.

Do Stella D’Oro daylilies need full sun?

The Stella d’Oro daylily is a sun-loving plant but it can also tolerate partial shade. Just be sure to keep them hydrated on hot sunny days.

How deep do you plant stella de oro daylily?

Stella de Oro has a 1″ – 2″/ depth requirement, so it should be planted at this depth. It has a slightly larger spread of 18 – 24 inches, so you should keep this in mind when planting it. Roots should be just below the soil surface about 1″ to 2 “with the crown at the soil level.

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