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Give It a Whorl:  Exploring the Intricacies of Poly, Double and Multi-Form Daylilies

By LALAMBCHOP
October 12, 2012

What's in a whorl? Would a whorl by any other name be as sweet? There seems to be confusion in the daylily world as to what constitutes polymerous, double and multi-form daylilies. This article will look at each to help you learn to identify them with ease.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 12, 2012 6:54 AM CST
Leslie, thank you so much for that interesting article. The daylilies pictured are beautiful and the forms are very interesting. Who knew daylilies could be such a complicated subject? Hilarious!

I was wondering if you can help me with what kind of form this daylily is? I received this NOID daylily in a trade with a neighbor and have never been able to figure it out. I don't care about identification (I really believe that it is not registered and got it about 8 years ago, so I know it's not a new cross).

It blooms at the same time as Mabel Nolen and is about the same height (30") and is also fragrant. I have been told that it looks like a hose in hose double. Sometimes it seems to not double completely, but has consistently had extra petals throughout the years. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't just a freak Smiling , but it wouldn't bother me though, because it smells so good.

Here are some pictures from the last three years. The first picture is showing it next to Mabel Nolen.
Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/d51e75 Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/8e0563 Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/1d0406
Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/c5cc17 Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/65448c Thumb of 2012-10-12/blue23rose/99841c

Any advice on this form would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Vickie
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Name: Leslie Mauck
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LALAMBCHOP
Oct 12, 2012 8:53 AM CST
Hi Vickie,
Thank you for your kind words! I would consider your daylily to be in the class of UF doubles though if it's not registered as such it wouldn't be considered one in shows, etc. It reminds me a lot of JO BARBRE but that's registered as being shorter. It looks like INNER SPACE in that it blooms differently. I see some layering there, some cascading, etc. but not consistently. Just enjoy it!

Leslie
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Oct 12, 2012 2:49 PM CST
Thanks, Leslie. I will and do enjoy it because it is the only one like it that I have and because it is so fragrant.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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