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Common Name: Coastal Day Lily
Hemerocallis littorea is a Perennial up to 0.90 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Large quantities of the leaves are said to be hallucinogenic[
]. Blanching the leaves removes this hallucinatory component[
]. (This report does not make clear what it means by blanching, it could be excluding light from the growing shoots or immersing in boiling water[
E. Asia - Japan.
Grassy places near the sea[
Succeeds in most soils[
], including dry ones, preferring a rich moist soil and a sunny position[
] but tolerating partial shade[
]. Plants flower less freely in a shady position though the flowers can last longer in such a position[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in short grass if the soil is moist[
]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[
Plants are hardy to about -15Â°c[
The plant has a fibrous root system[
Individual flowers are short-lived, opening in the morning and withering in the evening. The plant, however, produces a succession of flowers over a period of about 6 weeks[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
]. Unlike the type species, this form does produce viable seed[
Plants take a year or two to become established after being moved[
]. They can then spread quite freely[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
The plants are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, the young growth in spring is especially at risk[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked. They must be consumed when very young or else they become fibrous[
Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[
]. They can be dried and used as a thickener in soups etc. The flower buds contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein[
Root - raw or cooked. A pleasant nutty flavour. This sub-species has a fibrous root system[
The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning[
A tea made from the boiled roots is used as a diuretic[
The tough dried foliage is plaited into cord and used for making footwear[
Seed - sow in the middle of spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[
Division in spring or after flowering in late summer or autumn[
]. Division is very quick and easy, succeeding at almost any time of the year[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.