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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Background history:

"Lavender Stardust" is a diploid that was introduced in 1991 by Jack Carpenter. Jack owned and operated The Lily Farm until he sold it to his nephew, Mark, in 2010. Story can be found here:
http://lilyfarm.com/changinghands.html
More info about Jack Carpenter can be found on this thread:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Jack Carpenter" in Daylilies forum

This cultivar can be found in the ATP Plant Database:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lavender Stardust')

"Lavender Stardust" was added to my collection in May 2015. It came as a double fan (or 2 separate fans.... I can't remember now) from Theresa (tgarden711) which I immediately potted up. (I am in the process of creating several raised beds for new daylilies being added to my garden.)

My new plant proceeded to send up a scape which had 9 buds on it. I didn't think to hand-pollinate it until most of the blooms were already spent. The last 4 blooms I did indeed cross pollinate and each has produced a pod. Will update how many seeds per pod once the pods ripen. I also used the pollen and set some pods. So this cultivar is very pod and pollen fertile. My scape is 15" tall, with 2 branches (of which one is a "Y" branch). It is listed to produce 26" scapes, but no branching or bud count is listed on this cultivar in the AHS database. My plant is currently growing in a pot, which does not accurately show what this cultivar is capable of! Will update in a year or two for the branching and bud count.

This plant starts out in the morning as a pink color:


But as the day wears on, it becomes the Lavender color it is named for:


This is a beautiful plant that has a rust resistant rating of 1.0. I have not seen any signs of rust on the leaves whatsoever. A great southern plant because of it's beautiful foliage!

Here is a photo of the plant in the pot showing the 4 developing pods:

Thumb of 2015-08-05/beckygardener/56acc1

Would love to hear how this plant does for others as well, so please join in, if you own this plant!

Also, please consider adding a local report to the ATP Plant Database!!! Thank you!
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lavender Stardust')
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 7:38 AM CST
I forgot to mention that it currently has 21 registered children, so it appears to be a good parent to use for hybridizing
http://garden.org/plants/parentage/4808/

It is listed as a dormant, so I will be interested to see how it does in my garden. Would love to know how it survives in other southern gardens since it is registered as a dormant?
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Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Aug 5, 2015 9:21 AM CST
I got Lavender Stardust from Gilbert H Wild last spring and it has not bloomed yet Glare
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Aug 5, 2015 9:25 AM CST
I noticed that Darryl Apps and Roycroft have used this flower a lot in the hybridizing.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Pat - I have several questions for you ....

How many fans do you have currently? Is yours planted in the ground or a container?

Lavender Stardust is listed as a mid to late season bloomer. It will probably still bloom for you, so it should send up a scape or two soon. Please take measurements of blooms and scape when it does. And post here how many branches on the scape, also. Thank you.

What state are you in? I see you have zone 8a listed. Do you get freezing temps and/or snow in Winter?
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Aug 5, 2015 9:52 AM CST
I also purchased my 'Lavender Stardust' from G.H. Wild. It was planted on March 14, 2014 and started blooming in May 2015. It is a beautiful bloom, and in future years I think it is going to be an outstanding performer. Unfortunately, I did not make notation of the branching or bud count this year, and it was crowded out pretty much late in the season by Kwanso/Flore Pleno plants that were excessively robust and aggressive this year. I have since removed all the Kwanso/Flore Pleno plants from that bed.

The difference in colors in the two photos is just due to the different lighting on the different days the photos were taken, the actual color is very close to the first photo. The second photo is altered by the morning sun.
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Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Aug 5, 2015 10:47 AM CST
Larry I am sooo jealous.

Becky, I have two fans I think...it's planted in a back yard bed with dappled shade of a pine tree. The soil in that bed is a bit dry. I recently moved Mildred Mitchell from that bed. The roots of the pine tree may take up a lot of the moisture. I moved Mildred Mitchell from the bed earlier this year and it performed much better. If Lavender Stardust does not late bloom I willmove it as well. I am in Stone Mountain, Georgia...hot and humid!
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Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Aug 5, 2015 12:22 PM CST
I acquired this cultivar around 1998 and grew it until a couple of years ago when I sold it off as part of the ongoing downsizing of my garden. The trait I liked best about it was that it bloomed ML as registered. People never saw it during garden tours because it usually began blooming after tours were over, but it provided good color for the latter part of the season. The two traits I most disliked about it ( note: this is a personal observation and probably wouldn't bother most people) is that the scapes were a bit shorter than the registered height here ( usually 22-24 rather than the 26" registered) and the color sometimes appeared a bit muddy.

These are the only two images I've kept on file from its time in my garden. Both of these pictures were taken in 2009.

Thumb of 2015-08-05/floota/f588a8

Many of the cultivars on the "daylily of the day" list have passed through my garden over the years. At one time, nearly 1100 grew here and now the numbers are just over 500. This fall, I intend to sell some 50 more and turn one more bed back to grass. It isn't that I'm less enamoured with the daylily. It is that as I age, it becomes physically much more difficult to maintain the level of heavy gardening that I once did. It used to take 7 hours daily during peak bloom to take all the blooms off each evening. Having maintained an AHS Display Garden since 2000, I feel obligated to keep the garden in decent condition during bloom season but smaller numbers and less daily work time during the really hot weather works better for me now. This year, with a somewhat smaller garden, the entire garden could be liveheaded ( during peak bloom) in four hours daily. It's still a lot of work! Yes, a few new daylilies still are added each year, but the difference is that now when one daylily is added, at least one must leave and I won't buy anything unless I really love it.


Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 5, 2015 1:15 PM CST
I have grown this plant in my zone 6 garden about 3 yrs. It is fertile, and sets pods fairly well. It has a nice bud count and the flowers are lovely. Clear color, not mottled at all. A good garden plant.

I have amended my garden soil and I would say that it did reach the 26 in height.
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Aug 5, 2015 2:07 PM CST
I have Lavender Stardust up here in MN zone 4... got it in 2010 -- does extremely well!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 2:31 PM CST
Christine - Is yours blooming yet this year? If so, would you be so kind as to count the buds and branches on just one of the scapes. Also measure the bloom size. I am curious about all those measurements for folks growing it up north. Sounds like in zone 4 it is a hard dormant which makes it a good survivor in cold climates! (Thanks so much for that info!)

How to determine branching on a scape:
http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/branching.html
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Name: Kevin Smith
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kssmith
Aug 5, 2015 3:49 PM CST
I do not have the featured daylily but i am loving all the photos and info from ones who do. Thumbs up
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Julie - Thank you for your personal evaluation of Lavender Stardust! The good and the bad are what I like to read about. I find that kind of info extremely helpful. Thumbs up
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Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Char
Aug 5, 2015 5:29 PM CST
Although I don't grow Lavender Stardust, I have enjoyed reading the comments. Thumbs up
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 5, 2015 6:47 PM CST
I don't grow this cultivar, but I love the late-day color. Very pretty.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 5, 2015 7:09 PM CST
beckygardener said:Sounds like in zone 4 it is a hard dormant which makes it a good survivor in cold climates!


I don't grow this one so can't comment but just wanted to mention that all daylilies in my zone 4 are dormant for about five months or so in winter whatever their registered foliage habit. It's just too cold for them to do otherwise.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 5, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Sue - True. I always think of dormants as plants that need the cold of Winter to do well in Spring/Summer. And I also think of them as more cold hardy to survive northern Winters. I guess that is why I said "hard" dormant. I think I associate "hard" with "hardy". Thumbs up I hope being a dormant that it does well for me here in Florida. I've never successfully grown a dormant in my garden before. Most disappear (die) after about 3 years. But then again, they were young seedlings, so maybe that was the problem.
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Aug 5, 2015 9:49 PM CST
@BeckyGardener I will go out and get stats tomorrow. :)
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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Aug 6, 2015 2:54 AM CST
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Not sure if this is lavender stardust I didn't label my pix and daylily season is long over. I bought it as a small root and it has grown quickly.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Aug 6, 2015 1:31 PM CST
OK -- so I went out in the garden today @Beckygardener got 3 fans, 4 scapes (interesting), each scape is 26-28 and only 2-way branching and each scape has 10 buds total. Shrug!

Now i do have to let you know -- this poor guy it being over powered by others. SO I am digging him and moving to a better spot so he can grow. Hurray!

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"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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