Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Desert Flame

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

'Desert Flame' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1996 by Santa Lucia.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2003

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Desert Flame')
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Apr 8, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Wow! Going on my want list.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Greg Bogard
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a)
Apr 8, 2016 11:31 AM CST
This one is a Definitely Dormant rather than the "Kinda-Sorta" Dormants that one finds coming from the South. Desert Flame grows extremely well in my USDA 7a garden. It quickly formed a large clump in four years. Scapes are strong and 3-4 way branched. Flowers have good substance, sparkling texture, intense color, and full, round, overlapping form. Great foliage that is semi upright does not interfere with the floral display. It has not been used enough in breeding--it should be. I am confident that it would live well at least as far North as USDA 5a.

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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Apr 8, 2016 11:38 AM CST
This one lives very happily in my zone 4 garden here in Minnesota. This is indeed a flame in the garden with it's bright color.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Apr 8, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Desert Flame does really well in my Kentucky garden. I love it's bright, saturated color and that the sun does not fade it out.

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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Apr 9, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Not 36 inches here. More like 28. Very vigorous with intense color.

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Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Apr 11, 2016 3:51 AM CST
Desert Flame is the most intense bright red in the garden. It is very hardy in my zone 6b south central Kentucky and increases quickly.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 11, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Does anyone south of zone 7 grow this? I see it has a 1.0 rust resistance rating, but it is a dormant. Maybe it just does not do well without cooler weather?

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