Meaning of hemerocallis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhɛm(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈkalɪs/

nounplural noun hemerocallis

  • A plant of a genus that comprises the day lilies.

    Genus Hemerocallis, family Liliaceae

    ‘In summer, traditional perennials take over, and peonies, irises and hemerocallis fill the flowery brook.’
    • ‘Perennials such as iris or hemerocallis will show a noted decrease in blooms over the years if they are not divided.’
    • ‘Geraniums, phloxes, eupatoriums and hemerocallis are split less often - perhaps every three to four years.’
    • ‘Sitting under a rose and clematis arbour in one area, you see through a lunette in a pyracantha hedge to a pond, encircled by lavender, heleniums, hemerocallis, gaillardias and calamintha.’
    • ‘Dark plums marry with purple sedum and rich pink hemerocallis along one border.’


Modern Latin, from Greek hēmerokallis ‘a lily that flowers for a day’, from hēmera ‘day’ + kallos ‘beauty’.