Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daylily Madness #3

All three images are Hemerocallis Daylily Royal Butterfly.

I wanted to show you how one plant/variety can look different under different conditions and in different pictures.

The year's weather conditions, the age of the plant, the time of the day, sun/cloud cover, and the camera, flash or natural light all contribute to how the color, size and form will look in a picture.

Royal Butterfly was hybridized by Dougherty and registered in 1988. 

Large - 7 inch - single blooms described: Rose pink segments, ruffling, edged, white midrib, large yellow throat, rose banded and slightly recurved. The scapes are 26 to 30 inches. It blooms mid season (this year started on 6-30 and last year 7-11). Dormant. This variety must have full sun to look it's best. It is showiest when planted as a specimen. It is not fragrant. 

It received the American Hemerocallis Society's Honorable Mention Award for excellent quality and performance beyond a regional level.

If you're new to the detailed descriptions of daylilies, see if you can find what they are describing.

Registered: The year Dougherty legally (at A.H.S.) declared himself with sole rights.

Large: More than 4 1/2 inches in diameter.

7 inch: This is the diameter when free standing on the plant; petals are not pulled out straight.

Single: Consists of 6 segments (3 petals and 3 sepals).

Segments: Petals are the top or inner three. Sepals are the bottom or outer three.

Ruffling means the edges of the petals are ruffled or crimped.

Edged means a lighter or darker color around the edge of the segment color.

Midrib is a pronounced contrasting line down the center of each segment.

Throat is the inner portion of the flower.

Banded: The portion between the throat and the segments on the petals only.

Recurved: The segments flare but the ends either roll or tuck under.

Scapes: The flower stems.

Midseason: This the the time period where the most daylilies bloom.

Dormant: Loose their foliage completely in the winter.

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