The Tortoise Club

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Hemerocallis sp.

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A daylily or day lily is a flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis, a member of the family Asphodelaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae. Despite the common name, it is not in fact a lily. Most species of lily are toxic, so take caution to determine the correct species. In order to tell the difference between the two flowers, look for the growth habit of the stems and leaves. A daylily has multiple stems with strapping leaves coming from the base of the plant. A true lily has a single stem with leaves whirling.