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Name: Char
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May 6, 2013 4:43 AM CST

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Born in San Luis Obispo, California, Morton (“Mort”) Morss has placed his unique signature on the modern daylily. Mort served in the U.S. Navy and later went on to study painting in San Francisco where he met David Kirchhoff. In 1969 David moved back to his family home in Florida, Daylily World a daylily nursery established by his father Ed, and after deciding to stay invited Mort to come and join them in 1972. While working alongside David and Ed at Daylily World, Mort began to develop his own hybridizing lines beginning with the purples and lavenders of Marsh, Munson, Kirchhoff and Peck. His first introduction, Inner View (Morss 1982), was from the crossing of Munson’s Silver Veil (1977) with David Kirchhoff’s Zinfandel (1980) and received an Honorable Mention from garden judges in 1987. In 2006, David and Mort made the monumental decision to move Daylily World (and five semi loads of daylilies!) from its Florida home to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Mort was one of the early hybridizers to begin working with daylily patterns. The pattern line he developed has earned him significant recognition in the evolution of pattern. Paper Butterfly (1983) received an Honorable mention in 1987 and an Award of Merit in 1990. Later in 1998, Paper Butterfly received the honor of being awarded the Lennington All-American Award for displaying outstanding performance in many different regions. From the Paper Butterfly (1983) line are two highly regarded cultivars, Witch Stitchery (1986) and Gerda Brooker (1995). Witch Stitchery (1986) received an Honorable Mention in 1994, an Award of Merit in 1997 and was the first cultivar to receive the AHS’s newly approved R.W. Munson Award for most outstanding distinctly patterned daylilies in 2001. His Gerda Brooker (1995) followed with an Honorable Mention in 2000 and the R.W, Munson Award in 2005. Following and surpassing its parent Gerda Brooker (1995), Julie Newmar (2000) has been awarded an Honorable Mention in 2004, an Award of Merit in 2007, the R.W. Munson Award in 2006, the Extra Large Diameter Award for outstanding cultivars measuring over 7” and the Early Season Award in 2011 for outstanding performance in the early bloom season. Continuing with the Paper Butterfly (1983) line through parent Julie Newmar (2000) are Mort’s fabulously patterned Marilyn Morss Johnson (2007), named for Mort’s twin sister, and his 2012 introduction Ripples and Reflections.









Long before toothy edges were fashionable and our daylilies smiled back at us with toothy grins… or appeared to want to take a bite as we pass by… Mort was a leader in the toothy characteristic. His Shark’s Tooth (1985) has a serrated edge and the term “teeth” first began to be used by hybridizers for a different characteristic than the more common knobs seen at that time. In 1994 Mort registered Fortune’s Dearest, a grape purple with white toothy edge, an important parent behind many of today’s toothy cultivars. Fortune’s Dearest (1994) received an Honorable Mention in 1999 and an Award of Merit in 2002. Violet Victory (Morss 2000), a child of Fortune’s Dearest (1994), is a violet flower with blue-violet watermark and white toothy edge. Mort’s 1995 introduction Mort’s Masterpiece, which received a 2000 Honorable Mention, is a large cream with a wine eye and a double edge of wine surrounded by white shark’s teeth. The toothy cultivars Barracuda Bay (Salter 1996) and Face the Stars (Lambertson 2001) and many others have Mort’s Masterpiece (1995) in their background.





Mort has the honor of being awarded two of the most prestigious awards a hybridizer can receive, the Stout Silver Medal and the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal. After being awarded the Don C. Stevens Award for the best boldly eyed or banded daylily in 1993, Always Afternoon (Morss 1987) was awarded the Stout Silver Medal. In recognition for outstanding excellence in the art of hybridizing Mort Morss received the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal at the 2000 AHS National Convention.



Name: Ann
Manhattan, KS (Zone 5b)
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annred97
May 6, 2013 6:41 AM CST
Thanks for doing this hybridizer series! I'm really enjoying getting to know more about the individuals who have given us such marvelous flowers!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
May 6, 2013 7:27 AM CST
Well I only have one of his flowers but it's a nice one and grows well in my climate.

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lovemyhouse
May 6, 2013 8:58 AM CST
Oooh, I like that one, Cindy.

Capernaum Cocktail is the only Morss I have. This was the first bloom for me, think it will be darker this year.

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Name: Kim W
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More daylilies!!!!
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kimkats
May 6, 2013 9:36 AM CST
How Do I only have one Of Mort's??? Must rectify this soon I need more Morss Daylilies nodding
Here is Purple Passage


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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
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Ladylovingdove
May 6, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Well I would post the two I have, but you already did it for me, thanks. LOL Hurray! Hurray!

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Name: Ann
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annred97
May 6, 2013 11:39 AM CST
Here are the ones of Mort's that I have that I can think of off the top of my head. There may be more.....
JUST LIKE CANDY A 2003 intro that does really well for me.


SO MANY RIVERS New last summer, but seems happy here.



And the gorgeous JULIE NEWMAR which is slow to multiply for me, but otherwise does well.
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 6, 2013 12:01 PM CST
I grow Julie Newmar, Edge of Madness, Star Wishes and Purple Maze.

Here's Edge of Madness

Purple Maze

Star Wishes

Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
May 6, 2013 12:08 PM CST
I served Ms. Newmar a rotisserie chicken once a long time back, but don't grow the flower. Big Grin
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Name: Julie
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floota
May 6, 2013 1:46 PM CST
I have grown some of Mort's and still grow many of them.
A Bodacious Pattern:

One of my favorites is Barbara Dittmer:

All American Plum:

Early Days is one of the earliest pinks to bloom - good season extender:

Fortune's Dearest was moody here and it was moved out a few years ago:

Julie Newmar IMHO is one of Mort's best:

My favorite of Mort's that I currently grow is named after his twin sister, Marilyn, who regrettably passed away in 2010, I think. Marilyn Morss Johnson:
Marilyn and Mort were on my bus at the 2008 Convention when our bus broke down. Lots of adventures that day!

Tintoretto:

Uppermost Edge:

Vintage San Luis:

Isle of Dreams:


That's it for now.

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 6, 2013 2:19 PM CST
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Name: Ann
Manhattan, KS (Zone 5b)
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annred97
May 7, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Gorgeous pictures as always, Julie! I love ISLE OF DREAMS and it reminded me of one of Mort's that I grow (probably related....) FOREVER ISLAND



I just checked the database and ISLE OF DREAMS is one of the parents of FOREVER ISLAND.
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Name: Julie
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floota
May 7, 2013 2:31 PM CST
I forgot a couple of my favorites by Mort. Here is Evening Rapture!

and how could I have forgotten Hill Street BLues?


Name: Char
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Char
May 8, 2013 5:40 PM CST

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Beautiful images! Edge of Madness appears to have some nice blue tones in the eye and edge and that applique pattern on A Bodacious Pattern very cool. I think I bid on that one years ago when it first came out on the Lily Auction and always was outbid. Barbara Dittmer, Purple Passage, Something Bold, Gerda Brooker, Fortune's Dearest all were here at one time and moved out to make room for new plants. I'm really itching to get Ripples and Reflections, but as usual have blown the budget already this year. A few of Mort's currently growing here include

Blues Avenue - cold morning and not opening well but oh my the pattern is awesome!



Kaleidoscope Fantasy - a nicely stippled pattern, not really happy this far north though.

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Labyrinth - borrowed image from the database as mine are not very good. This one does really welll here and has nice clear color.



Poly Parrot - another borrowed image, it was new last year and didn't bloom. Can't wait to see it this year.



Name: Debra
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shive1
May 9, 2013 6:52 PM CST
Here are some of my favorites that have not yet been posted :

KARELIA


LEXINGTON LACE


HEAVEN'S DECLARING



Debra
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fiwit
May 9, 2013 6:54 PM CST
OK, I *like* that Lexington Lace. My Julie Newmar survived the winter, Thumbs up and I think that's the only Morss I actually have.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
May 10, 2013 6:20 AM CST
I agree Lexington Lace is gorgeous!!!
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Name: Debra
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shive1
May 10, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Another Morss:

EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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shive1
May 11, 2013 12:16 PM CST
FOREST PHANTOM

Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Ladylovingdove
May 11, 2013 3:32 PM CST
Ooohhhhh I LOVE ET.

Dot Hurray!

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