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Daylily Greens Garlic Butter Sauté Recipe

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

Water droplets on daylily greens.

Water droplets on daylily greens.

Lime-green succulent spears of winter’s released slumber, daylily greens are a relished early spring wild green. Daylily’s pleasant mild flavor is excellent paired with the more pungent creasy greens or wild turnip. To prolong the season, cut the greens right at the ground, and daylily will send up tender new growth.
Cutting off the fibrous tips of daylily.

Cutting off the fibrous tips of daylily.

How to cut daylily greens

You can cut your patch two or three times without slowing it down. The daylily greens begin to develop more fibrous or chewy leaves after several weeks. Once the older tips become fibrous you can cut them off, retaining the succulent lower new growth. Pictured below, you can see how we cut the greens at ground level.

Cutting daylily at the ground level

Cutting daylily at the ground level.

The tender bases of daylily greens in a basket.

The tender bases of daylily greens in a basket.

Daylily Greens Garlic Butter Sauté Recipe

This buttery, mouthwatering sauté artfully blends delicious daylily greens with the aromatic kick of garlic. Some people have daylily allergies, so try a small portion of this recipe the first time, prepared with well-cooked greens. Raw daylily is more likely to cause an allergic reaction. Please read the accompanying article for ID tips, as it’s easy to confuse many poisonous plants for daylily!
Course Side Dish
Yield 1 dish


  • Skillet


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 basket of fresh daylily greens
  • Salt to taste


  • Mince the garlic.
  • Melt butter in skillet.
  • Add garlic and heat for a few minutes.
  • Add the washed greens and sauté until tender.
  • Salt to taste.


Be creative with this basic recipe, substituting sesame oil, tamari, and ginger for a more Asian flair, or fresh lime juice and chipotle pepper for a Mexican twist.
Keyword Daylily
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For more on eating daylily, read my article about the delectable daylily
Daylily Greens Garlic Butter Sauté Recipe.

Daylily Greens Garlic Butter Sauté Recipe.

Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:

Juliet Blankespoor

JULIET BLANKESPOOR is the founder, primary instructor, and Creative Director of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, an online school serving thousands of students from around the globe. She's a professional plant-human matchmaker and bonafide plant geek, with a degree in botany and over 30 years of experience teaching and writing about herbalism, medicine making, and organic herb cultivation. Juliet’s lifelong captivation with medicinal weeds and herb gardening has birthed many botanical enterprises over the decades, including an herbal nursery and a farm-to-apothecary herbal products business. 

These days, she channels her botanical obsession through her writing and photography in her online programs, on her personal blog Castanea, and in her new book, The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies. Juliet and her family reside in a home overrun with houseplants and books in Asheville, North Carolina.

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2 thoughts on “Daylily Greens Garlic Butter Sauté Recipe

  1. hyyy
    iam very glade when i saw your website becaause i like to know more and more about all midicinal plant and i like to plant them in my garden
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