Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Enchanting Esmerelda

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jan 9, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Enchanting Esmerelda' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2000 by Jeff Salter. Jeff and Elizabeth Salter hybridize at Rollingwood Garden in Gainesville, Florida.

More information can be found on the Salter's Rollingwood Garden website:

Enchanting Esmerelda is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible rebloom. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2003 AHS award. It is listed as shows rust susceptibility. It is both pod and pollen fertile with 30 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Enchanting Esmerelda')
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Name: Larry
Augusta, GA area (Zone 8a)
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Jan 9, 2016 10:00 PM CST
Enchanting Esmerelda is a pretty flower and grew well in my zone 8A garden, but it was a rust magnet. In fact, it was this plant and one other (Admirald's Braid) which introduced me and my garden to daylily rust in the summer of 2007.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Jan 10, 2016 6:24 AM CST
Good info to know, Larry! I was 'enchanted' by it when I first saw it. Too bad it is a rust magnet. The bloom is so pretty.
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Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Jan 10, 2016 10:33 AM CST
New fall 2015. 2 small fans that settled in well. We will see how it does next year.
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Jan 10, 2016 10:46 PM CST
It has a beautiful color and also grows and blooms well here in zone 6
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Feb 9, 2016 1:30 PM CST
Has grown quite well here in a few years, despite brutal winters. I do find the coloration quite distinctive. A friend of mine had success with it in Michigan as well. Bud count so far has not been great, but fairly typical (around 10) for a Southern plant in the North.

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