Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylilies of the Day: Creature of the Night

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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jon
Sep 13, 2015 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Creature of the Night' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1999 by Reed.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2009
Honorable Mention: 2004

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Creature of the Night') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Creature of the Night')
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia
Sep 13, 2015 7:04 PM CST
I do not own this plant now, but did have it a few years back. I had it for about 3 years. It multiplied well for me and I really liked the color of this daylily. The reason I eventually got rid of this plant was that always flopped. The scapes were very thin and did not hold the flowers up well. So while it was a disappointment it was the one that made spidery types of daylilies seem more appealing to me. So not a totally bad experience.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Sep 13, 2015 9:24 PM CST
I've had Creature of the Night for a long time. Multiplies well for me. BEAUTIFUL flower. Claudia is right about it being a bit floppy. I used small stakes for the scapes that want to flop (as you can see in this picture from 2013). It has multiplied so much that I now put narrow fence sections around it and that works nicely. The second picture is of the fence sections I use. (Showing two sections with lilies, but wanted you to see how I use the little thing from a soda can pop-top to hold the fence sections to one another so the lilies or daylilies don't slip out between the fences.)

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Name: Karen Skedgell-Ghiban
Nashville, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Tepelus
Sep 14, 2015 8:36 AM CST
As with those who posted before me, the scapes on this daylily are rather weak and do tend to flop (although in 2011 they were quite strong and held well, but many of my plants that year for some reason performed exceptionally) so some staking might be required, or have it growing near other stronger perennials that can help hold up the scapes. Someone once recommended planting it near white daisies, so that's where I have mine growing, next to Crazy Daisy shasta daisies. The color is a deep purple in the morning when it firsts opens but then fades to a lighter maroon purple with a purple eye zone and white midribs. It has increased well for me and mine is due for dividing. It, however, dislikes being moved and may pout for a year or two before returning to top performance, such as mine did when I moved in 2013. It sulked that year, did a little better last year, and was back to normal this year. So don't be surprised if it doesn't do much the first year, it just likes to put down its roots first before showing off its stuff.

Last year's picture with the Crazy Daisies behind it.
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crittergarden
Sep 15, 2015 10:18 AM CST
I just received this Creature (critter?) this year and saw it bloom two beautiful flowers.
I'd love to tell you which ATP member sent it to me but I will have to search for that info.
Poke me if you want to remind me!

It will be stronger next year and I'll probably post some pics of it.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Sep 15, 2015 11:43 AM CST
I do not have this plant, but have always admired photos of it. Sad to hear that it flops over. That is a deal breaker for me. I like sturdy scapes.
Vickie
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Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Sep 15, 2015 6:48 PM CST
Sometimes NEW spiders and Unusual forms flop in the garden when they are rather new, and it might take them two to three years to become established. This clump has been here for at least 10 years and as a well established clump in full sun, the scapes do not lean!!! Sometimes growing them in too much shade will also cause scapes to lean toward the sun, especially when they are tall. Just sayin.....
It's always good to give new cultivars enough chance to establish. Creature of the Night is a wonderful clump here in my zone 6/7 garden.

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Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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Mayo62
Sep 16, 2015 2:01 AM CST
Thank You! Julie!

I was hesitating about this cultivar, but thanks to your observation it is now on my wishlist Thumbs up


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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Sep 16, 2015 4:35 AM CST
Julie, thanks for putting things into perspective on the scapes leaning. I should realize that daylilies grow differently in different gardens, so if I get a chance to get this one, I'll give it a try. I do love that bloom!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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crittergarden
Sep 16, 2015 9:14 AM CST
blue23rose said:Julie, thanks for putting things into perspective on the scapes leaning.


I agree
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Name: Karen Skedgell-Ghiban
Nashville, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Tepelus
Sep 16, 2015 5:41 PM CST
Mine is an established clump growing in full sun; some scapes stay upright, some lean, and the weaker ones flop. But just ignore me. Julie knows it all.

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