Species in the Hemerocallidaceae are hairless perennial herbs with elongate, linear leaves confined to the base of the plant. The flowers are arranged in branching inflorescences on top of a long, leafless stem and are showy. The flowers are composed of 2 whorls of 3 tepals that attach below the ovary (i.e., the ovary is superior), and are typically red-orange or yellow in color. There are 6 stamens and 1 style. The fruit is a leathery capsule that opens when ripe to release its many seeds. Species in this family were formerly considered to be part of the Liliaceae.
This Family’s Genera in New England:
Visit this family in the Dichotomous Key