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Daylily

Also labelled as Golden Needles and popular in Chinese cooking the young tubers have a nutty taste similar to squash. Blossoms can be eaten cooked or raw, though may be bitter if the white base is left intact. Best when added to stir-fries for extra sweetness, great for thickening soups, or fried tempura style for a crispy treat. The dried flowers are a particularly rich source of vitamin A.

full sun / part shade

july – september

moist, well-drained