Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Forestlake Ragamuffin

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Forestlake Ragamuffin' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1993 by Harding-F..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2009
Honorable Mention: 2005

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Forestlake Ragamuffin')
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Dec 4, 2015 6:14 PM CST
This is one of my all time favorites and was my first ever toothy one! The teeth always look great. A little slow to get started but great once it clumps up. It is short so plant it in the front. Very pollen fertile. Pods are slightly more difficult.

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Name: Larry
Augusta, GA area (Zone 8a)
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Dec 4, 2015 9:03 PM CST
Forestlake Ragamuffin has lived well and increased consistently for me here in east central Georgia where our summers are long, hot and humid and our winters are typically short and mild. It will throw teeth to some of its seedlings with others daylilies that do not have teeth in their background and, of course, a higher percentage of toothy seedlings with toothy daylilies. The only draw-back I have seen in hybridizing with Forestlake Ragamuffin is, if you are hoping for big, round, toothy seedlings, the majority of seedlings will tend toward the narrower form of FLR. However, every now and then the stars will align and you will get what you are looking for. In my hybridizing as far as seedling color, when crossed with darker flowers, the seedlings are generally lighter in color and/or in shade than the darker flower. When crossed with other pinks (although FLR simply looks yellow-to-gold in my garden), the pink color sometime intensifies. However, there are times when the seedling flower color cannot easily be explained. Here are a few of my FLR seedlings:

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G-1 lots of teeth and tentacles

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10-C-4 a few teeth, but not consistent - it is more round

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EE-1 not exactly teeth, highly ruffled & 'edgy' - also stronger color

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AA-1 No teeth - more round

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13-J-6 FLR crossed with toothy daylily = more and longer teeth (occasionally)
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Dec 4, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Forestlake Ragamuffin is a true dormant here in the subtropics. I have had it four years and it has increased but the clump never looks vigorous. This is not helped by the fact that it is a rust bucket with a score of about 5.

So far it has always come back above ground in late winter and flowered well, usually beginning in the last week of October or first week of November. I have never been able to set pods on it but it is very pollen fertile.

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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Dec 5, 2015 6:13 AM CST
I have had this plant since 2007. I have never divided it once. It is a slow grower in my zone. I will keep it because it was the first plant I got that had teeth and I use it a lot in hybridizing. Like Lisa said, it is short. I prefer them to be taller. I have had good success setting pods on it and pollen is very fertile. We have had some brutal winters and it doesn't seem to mind. Never have mulched it.

A couple of seedlings. The second one with teeth is my favorite, although it decided not to bloom this year.


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Found another pic of a Forestlake Ragamuffin seedling.


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Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Dec 5, 2015 7:04 AM CST
I have only had this plant for 1 year. It flowered well and has sent up new growth. A short plant but constantly flowered. I love the teeth on the flower, look forward to many years of this plant and flowers.
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Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
Region: Louisiana Region: Gulf Coast Hybridizer Seller of Garden Stuff
Dec 5, 2015 9:03 AM CST
I've tried growing it twice and both times it died after a couple of years of being in the ground. It just doesn't seem suitable for the near year-round heat and humidity we must endure here on the gulf coast. It's too bad, really, as I do like the bloom.

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Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Dec 5, 2015 9:21 AM CST
Forestlake Ragamuffin is a great performer in Zone 6b southern Kentucky. It is the most pod fertile daylily I have. Pollen is good too. A medium increaser but winter doesn't bother it here even at 0 degrees, we got below zero a couple of times last winter. The blooms are consistently toothy and the color is good. A favorite in my top 10.

Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Dec 5, 2015 12:40 PM CST
I have a love-hate relationship with FLR! It was my first toothy daylily too. I love those teeth and the color of it. Very short here. Closer to 24 inches here I would guess. Very slow to increase for me. I agree with Glen that the plant in general never looks very vigorous. I almost got rid of it this year. It will be evaluated yearly. I am now at the point of if something new comes, something must leave. This one could lose its spot eventually.
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