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Daylily... best varieties for eating and where to get them

 
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I am interested in adding daylily to my forest garden, and was wondering if there are species & varieties selected for improved edibility.

I am also looking for a reputable nursery/permie to source daylily from (I know they grow all over the US, but I'm not 100% sure how to identify).
 
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The only one I believe is certainly edible is Hemerocallis fulva http://www.eattheweeds.com/daylily-just-cloning-around-2/

I just did a trade for some with Leila Hamaya.  She may have more that she'd be willing to trade or sell!
 
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I have often eaten the flowers of run-of-the-mill orange species daylily that grow like weeds all over.

Not sure if other varieties might be bred for tubers.

Be careful, because they can take over aggressively and start popping up all over.
 
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Everything I've read says to only eat the wild orange variety. Other varieties of day lily have been crossed with species you can't be sure of and thus may not be healthy choices.
 
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I am certain that I saw a post in Joseph Lofthouse’s garden thread about edible day lilies complete with a photo of him nibbling on some petals😘 if I find it, I’ll post the link
 
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I love eating daylily flowers. Haven't had any that I felt were poisonous.

 
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