Allen D. Owings | 4/22/2005 1:15:11 AM
Daylilies are the latest flowers to accompany the venerable All-America Rose Selections and other All-America bedding plant and vegetable award winners.
The All-American Daylily Selection Council (AADSC) evaluates more than 50 performance characteristics of daylily varieties across the nation at a number of sites and announces winners each year.
For 2005, Red Volunteer is a winning variety in the exhibition category. It has velvety crimson 7-inch blooms. Stems average 30 inches tall, and the scapes are strong and well branched. (Scapes are the leafless stalks that bear the flowers.) Red Volunteer is reported to be less prone to daylily rust than other varieties.
Owings notes that evaluations are ongoing at the LSU AgCenter. Blooms occur mid-season and last for six to eight weeks.
Miss Mary Mary is a 2005 winning daylily in the landscape category. The parent plant of this variety is the popular Stella de Oro. Miss Mary Mary has single petal, small golden blooms on 12 to 16-inch stems. Fluffy, double flowers begin to appear with repeating bloom cycles through the summer and early fall. Miss Mary Mary reaches heights of 16 inches.
The 2004 AADSC winners were Chorus Line and Lady Lucille. Other previous winners include Plum Perfect, Frankly Scarlet, Bitsy, Black-eyed Stella, Judith, Leebea Orange Crush, Lullaby Baby and Starstruck.
Owings says the five most popular daylilies according to region 17 (Louisiana and Arkansas) members of the American Hemerocallis Society in 2004 were King Kahuna, Beautiful Edgings, Jolie Monde, Richfield Muriels Double and True Pink Beauty.
Many other daylily varieties do well in Louisiana, and most garden centers have a nice selection of daylilies in April and May.
For related topics, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com. Additional yard and garden topics are available from an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.