Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Midnight Mystery

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Name: Becky
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'Midnight Mystery' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 2000 by Nash. No information found about this hybridizer.

Midnight Mystery is an early to mid-season bloomer. This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Midnight Mystery') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Midnight Mystery')
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Nov 8, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Midnight Mystery is one of my favorite 'older' daylilies. It is much darker than the photographs suggest an has an etherial glow when it is backlit in the morning. In my zone 5b garden it does very well with little care. Blooms reliably and sends up new fans every year. It went from 2 fans to a sizable clump in 3 seasons. It does occasionally send a fan out some distance from the grown so keep that in mind if you're planting it among other daylilies.

It is an early mid season bloomer. That is to say, it's not among the first group to bloom but it's the first among the mid season bloomers. For me I see scapes in the range of 30-34 inches with 3-4 way branching and bud counts on target around 20. Does not rebloom for me rather it tends towards summer dormancy. It doesn't go completely dormant but there is definitely a rest period before it starts growing again.

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