This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Hemerocallis Flava. Yellow Day-lily.
Corolla campanulata, tubus cylindraceus.
HEMEROCALLIS flava foliis lineari-subulatis carinatis, corollis flavis. Linn. Syst. Veg. ed. 14. p. 339.
LILIUM luteum, asphodeli radice. Bauh. Pin. 80.
The Yellow Day-Lily. Parkins. Parad. p. 148.
This Genus has been called Hemerocallis, in English, Day-Lily, from the short duration of its blossoms, but these are not quite so fugacious in this species as in the fulva.
It very rarely happens that Linnaeus, in his specific character of a plant, has recourse to colour, he has however in this instance; but this seems to arise from his considering them rather as varieties, than species. To us they appear to be perfectly distinct, and in addition to several other characters, the flava is distinguished by the fragrance of its blossoms.
This species is an inhabitant of Hungary and Siberia, and consequently bears our climate exceedingly well; it requires a moist soil, and a situation somewhat shady, and is easily propagated by parting its roots in autumn.