Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Blue Beetle')

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Oct 5, 2015 6:01 PM CST

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'Blue Beetle' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2010 by Gossard.

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Blue Beetle') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Blue Beetle')
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Natalie
Oct 5, 2015 6:30 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I can't believe I have this one in my garden! It is the daylily that got me addicted to daylilies! A very generous friend here sent me a fan in Sept. 2013, and I'm in love with it.

It has bloomed very well for me, and I love the different look it can have on any given day. In the morning, it can be one color, and by evening, a different color, but it never looks like it has suffered from being in the full sun. I had instant rebloom this year too, which was great! I was sent one fan, which divided into two fans last year, and each of those fans had instant rebloom this year. Having four scapes on two fans was wonderful! It sits nicely above the foliage, and the foliage always looks great for me. I love it! Lovey dubby
Natalie
Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Seed Starter Annuals Region: Indiana
Region: United States of America Dog Lover Daylilies Container Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
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JWWC
Oct 6, 2015 8:05 AM CST
I've had BLUE BEETLE since the fall of 2010 I believe. It was the first expensive daylily that I ever purchased and I was super paranoid about how it would do over the winter. Since then it has reliably bloomed, occasionally rebloomed, and puts up at least a new fan every year. This year I did not get rebloom as we had a pretty dry summer and I was dealing with sprinkler problems so it went dormant about August 1st. It did bloom on 5 scapes though. I bought the plant mostly because I love the look of it as a double, and it has never doubled for me. I will sometimes get extra petaloid tissue but never anything close to a full double. Luckily it is absolutely gorgeous as a single. The edge in particular if you can get close to the bloom, the colors can be phenomenal.

It is reliably pod fertile though it does seem to rarely produce viable pollen for me. I have some frozen, and it is fertile, but I would say there is useable pollen on maybe 20% of the blooms. Not a particularly rust resistant variety from what I have seen but it is extremely hardy having easily survived temps in the range of -10 - -20˚F with little snow cover and no mulch. It is only listed as the parent of one plant - Gossards 2013 intro BABY'S GOT BLUE EYES - which I have but has yet to bloom! Grumbling

All told, I adore BLUE BEETLE and despite having spent more on a single fan that I had on any entire order of plants up to that point, I could not be happier with it.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Oct 6, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Mine has never doubled either, and I think it was the photos of the double that had me drooling badly! But, just like James said, the single blooms are absolutely gorgeous, and well worth having, even if it never doubles.
Natalie
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Region: Virginia Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Heucheras Cat Lover Hummingbirder
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floota
Oct 6, 2015 5:26 PM CST
This one sat here for the first two years it was here and then ( thankfully, as I follow the 3 year rule!) it JUMPED to attention this past summer and went from two small fans to six large fans now. I'd worried over its vigor in 2013 and 2014, as it didn't seem as vigorous as others of Jamie's that grow here. Apparently this one just needs time to become established. It has never bloomed double here but I'm happy that next year it will be at clump strength. The color here never has shown the extreme variation seen in images shown in the lead post - it is fairly consistent.

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