Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Wilson Spider

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 27, 2015 6:03 PM CST
Background history:

"Wilson Spider" is a dormant diploid introduced in 1987 by Bill (and Stewart) Oakes at the Oakes Daylily Farm in Corryton, Tennessee:
https://www.oakesdaylilies.com/oakes-hybrids/

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

According to the AHS database, it is listed as a midseason bloomer. It won the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2009, Honorable Mention: 2006, HOS: 1994. It is both pod and pollen fertile with 81 children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/17400/





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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wilson Spider')
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Aug 28, 2015 7:03 AM CST
I have had Wilson Spider since 2003. It blooms more mid to late in my garden but perhaps because I have it in partial shade, and too near my blue spruce tree. That has taken a lot from this plant and for the past 3 years it has not bloomed as well as it could. I really need to move this plant to a sunnier location and then I believe it would perform much better. It's scape height is listed as 28" but in my garden it may be only about 25". It is both pod and pollen fertile and I have gotten some nice seedlings from it. It increases fairly well despite the fact that it doesn't get much sun in my garden. I definitely will keep this one.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Aug 28, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Wilson Spider had its second year here. It's bloom is an attractive combination of lavender with a creamy center. It reached the registered height both years. It bloomed from June 23 thru July 19 the first year and from June 15 thru July 8 the second year. The initial bloom times make it ML or L in comparison to other daylilies here. The container its growing in is large, but not one of the big clay pots yet. I don't know how much the smaller container might be affecting it's growth habits. Here's a photo taken at almost the end of the bloom cycle this year - complete with a mosquito. I have more mosquitoes than I do daylilies. They have a longer season too Smiling
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Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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Mayo62
Aug 28, 2015 1:07 PM CST
ha!
Finally a DL that I have Big Grin

I bought 8 fans and planted them on 4/17/2015.
Because my borders were already filling up with annuals I put them in a big pot.

The fans increased from April until now from 8 to 18(!).
It produced 11 scapes and started blooming on 7/17/2015, last flower on 8/10/2015, with a total of 51 flowers Thumbs up

I took away all spent flowers, so I don't know anything about it's fertility yet.
It is making 2 prolifs though Thumbs up

I haven't measured the flowers... sorry Sad I promise to do better next year!
Flowers were well placed and didn't cramp each other.
The scapes ranged from 19 to 22 inches high. Scapes were sturdy and most were well above the foliage Thumbs up
Leaves and fans are narrow, but there are a lot of them nodding

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This afternoon I took it out of the pot to put it in a border (annuals are gone Whistling ) and I found that in 4+ months it made a lot of roots...

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Perhaps this is the reason the scapes didn't get as high as they should?

All in all this is a spider that I really love and I'm sure it will only get better now that it is in the ground Lovey dubby


Mayo

a DL flower a day keeps the doctor away
Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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Mayo62
Aug 28, 2015 1:09 PM CST
needrain said: I have more mosquitoes than I do daylilies. They have a longer season too Smiling


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I agree

a DL flower a day keeps the doctor away
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Aug 28, 2015 2:47 PM CST
I think, Mayo, that Wilson Spider has been the ONLY daylily to match the registered height the first year it was planted. Many of them reached it - or close to it - in the second year. I will be surprised if they reach it consistently under my growing conditions.
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CottageGardener
Aug 28, 2015 2:51 PM CST
I obtained Wilson's Spider late this season, but this beautiful plant never dropped a bud despite the transplanting! Looking forward to next years show :)
Name: Karen Coffelt
Halifax, MA (Zone 7a)
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nutsfordaylily
Sep 1, 2015 6:28 PM CST
I've had Wilson Spider since I inherited my late mother's collection of daylilies in 2002. Has always performed well for me. Blooms mid/late here in southeastern Mass, and often has multiple blooms open.
Name: Meredith
New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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Meredith79
Sep 3, 2015 7:09 PM CST
I planted Wilson Spider in 2010, my plant came from Oregon. It does pretty good for me. I have a lot of problems with Daylily foliage in my yard. Wilson Spider is not the most resistant to foliage problems in my garden but also not really bad. I would say it is in the middle as far as how neat the foliage stays. I love the flower shape and color and will keep it unquestionably. It bloomed for me the last week of July and the first week of August this year. Here are some shots of it from this year.

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