Buttered Popcorn Daylily

Hemerocallis 'Buttered Popcorn'

Family: Daylily

Type: Perennial

Buttered Popcorn Daylily, known botanically as Hemerocallis ‘Buttered Popcorn’, is a vibrant perennial plant. It’s celebrated for its large, bright yellow blooms that resemble the color of buttered popcorn.

This daylily variety is known for its robust growth and ability to produce a profusion of flowers. It blooms from mid to late summer, providing a long-lasting display of color in the garden.

Buttered Popcorn Daylily is not only striking in appearance but also easy to grow. It thrives in a variety of conditions and is a low-maintenance choice for gardeners seeking reliable beauty.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2b-9a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 2.5

Average Spread (feet): 2

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Arching


Flower Color: Yellow

Flower Shape: Trumpet

Bloom Season: From mid to late summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Grassy

Landscaping Your Yard With Buttered Popcorn Daylily

Incorporating Buttered Popcorn Daylily into your landscape can create a focal point of bright, sunny color. Its large, showy flowers are sure to draw attention.

Use it in borders, mixed perennial beds, or as a mass planting for a dramatic effect. The vivid yellow flowers blend well with a wide range of plant colors and types.

This daylily is also excellent for planting along walkways or in patio containers. Its cheerful blooms can brighten up any outdoor living space or garden path.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Buttered Popcorn Daylily contributes to the relaxed, charming atmosphere. Its vibrant blooms mix well with other cottage-style plants.

Contemporary Garden

In modern garden settings, this daylily adds a burst of color against more structured elements. Its bold blooms can be a striking contrast in minimalist landscapes.

Pollinator Garden

Buttered Popcorn Daylily is great for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Planting it supports local wildlife and contributes to a vibrant, dynamic garden.

Buttered Popcorn Daylily Landscaping Ideas

Pair with blue or purple flowers for a stunning contrast. The combination of yellow and cool tones creates a visually appealing palette.

Use as a border along fences or property lines. Its height and dense growth can provide a natural, colorful border throughout the summer.

Incorporate into a cutting garden. The blooms of Buttered Popcorn Daylily are excellent for creating cheerful, summer flower arrangements.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, the foliage of Buttered Popcorn Daylily begins to emerge. The plant starts its growth cycle, preparing for the blooming season ahead.


During summer, the daylily is in full bloom. Gardens are brightened by its large, butter-yellow flowers, making it a standout feature.


In fall, the blooms of Buttered Popcorn Daylily begin to fade. The plant starts to wind down its growth as the season transitions.


In winter, Buttered Popcorn Daylily goes dormant. The foliage may die back, but the plant will return with vigorous growth and vibrant blooms in the next growing season.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Buttered Popcorn Daylily thrives in an area with full sun to partial shade. It’s best suited for spots that receive several hours of sunlight each day, as this promotes the most vibrant blooms.


Full sun is ideal for Buttered Popcorn Daylily, encouraging abundant flowering. It can also grow well in partial shade, where it receives some respite from the intense midday sun.


This daylily prefers well-drained soil but is adaptable to a variety of soil types. Adding organic matter to the soil can enhance growth and blooming.


Space plants about 18 to 24 inches apart. Proper spacing ensures each plant has enough room to grow and flourish, and helps prevent issues with air circulation.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Buttered Popcorn Daylily is in the spring or early fall. This allows the plants to establish roots before the stress of summer heat or winter cold.

How to Plant

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball. Place the daylily in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Adding mulch can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, daylilies are moderately drought-tolerant.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Additional feeding can be done after the first bloom to encourage more flowers.


Deadhead spent blooms to encourage reblooming. In late fall or early spring, cut back foliage to tidy up the plant and encourage healthy new growth.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, remove any dead foliage from the previous year. Apply a balanced fertilizer and water well to kickstart growth.

Summer Care

During summer, keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Continue to deadhead regularly for continued blooming.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. You can also apply a layer of mulch for winter protection.

Winter Care

In winter, Buttered Popcorn Daylily is dormant. It requires minimal care during this time, but ensure it's well-mulched in colder regions.


How Long Do Buttered Popcorn Daylily Blooms Last?

Each individual flower lasts for one day, but the plant produces many blooms over a long period, typically from mid to late summer.

Are Buttered Popcorn Daylilies Deer Resistant?

While no plant is completely deer-proof, daylilies are generally not a favorite for deer and can be considered moderately deer-resistant.

Can Buttered Popcorn Daylilies Be Divided?

Yes, dividing Buttered Popcorn Daylilies every 3-5 years helps rejuvenate the plant and maintain vigorous growth. The best time to divide is in the early spring or after flowering.

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