Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Malaysian Monarch

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
May 26, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Malaysian Monarch' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1986 by R.W. Munson (known as "Bill"). You can view a photo of Bill by clicking on this link: http://www.daylilydiary.com/Memorials/bill_munson.html

A tribute to Bill is listed on this web page: http://www.daylilydiary.com/Memorials/index.html

Malaysian Monarch is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 1993, Honorable Mention: 1990, and JC: 1987. It shows a 2.0 rust resistance. It is both pod and pollen fertile with 52 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/16683/

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Malaysian Monarch') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Malaysian Monarch')
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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
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CaliFlowers
May 26, 2016 7:40 PM CST
Malaysian Monarch is my favorite Munson purple, and I've grown it for at least 20 years. It's a strong grower yet a moderate increaser, with nicely branched scapes. What makes it stand out is the fact that it's very well-mannered, with flat, wide-open segments which open consistently well even when the weather is uneven.

The substance is not exceptionally thick and heavy, but for some reason, Malaysian Monarch is more sunfast than most other flowers in its class. It has never shown much rust either.

I've shared many divisions of this one.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
May 26, 2016 8:22 PM CST
MM has grown here for many years in my zone 4 garden. I love the watermark on this beautiful daylily it always looks good here. I just noticed that I never posted a picture in the database, guess I would look and if there were a number of photos I would not post mine.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
May 26, 2016 9:27 PM CST
I have had Malaysian Monarch for four years now. It isn't planted in an ideal location, and does get shade during the day, but it always blooms nicely. I planted it next to Techny Peace and the lovely pale yellow of Techny Peace looks very nice with the watermark and yellow throat of Malaysian Monarch. I planted this combination next to Monarda 'Raspberry Wine', and I find the grouping very pleasing. The clump has expanded well, and has proved hardy in my northern garden.

All in all, it is one that I like very much.
Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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hillbilly
May 26, 2016 11:13 PM CST
It does very well here in zone 6
Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
May 27, 2016 6:20 AM CST
Malaysian Monarch was one of the first daylilies that I purchased three years ago from an ebay vendor. I loved the color and the watermark. It is planted under a pine tree and the native soil is dry. MM has multiplied from two fans to about eight in the three years that I've had it. Seems like it's rust prone but I like it and will keep it..
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 27, 2016 6:54 AM CST
(Ditto to all Ken said!)

It's my favorite of all purples and we've had it for at least 20 years, like Ken. It performs well in shade and semi-shade but tends to appear light violet in full sun.

No problems at all with rust! It is an excellent parent plant, both ways.

Malaysian Monarch is a strong performer and always admired by guests.
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Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
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Dragonkeep
May 27, 2016 7:46 AM CST
I purchased a variety of daylilies this past fall from a northern grower and they just arrived last month. The plants were small with small roots but knowing from past experience that the Munsons are really hardy daylilies, I planted them with no reservations and I am glad to report that Malayan Monarch has doubled in size since it was planted and I suspect it won't slow down. I'm very pleased with its vigor.


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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
May 27, 2016 11:25 AM CST
MM is a good performer in my zone 8 garden in morning shade and afternoon sun. I love the color! Hurray!
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Cynthia59P
May 27, 2016 2:12 PM CST
Malaysian Monarch is one of my favorite Munson daylilies! I just love its color and the watermark. Speaking of color, it seems to hold its color well in the sun. It increases at an average rate for me in my zone 6 garden. I know daylilies don't have emotions, but to me, it just seems like a "happy" daylily.

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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Bedmaker
May 30, 2016 5:55 AM CST
MM is also one of my favorite Munson intros that I still grow. The contrast of the flower petal and the watermark make it standout. It is an extremely consistent performer. It has never had a bad day in the 20 years of growing it. For a plant to stay in my garden for 20 years must say something about the plant. I don't have it in an ideal spot, so it's increase is not tremendous, but it just keeps on blooming.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 30, 2016 8:37 AM CST
I don't regret any Munson daylily that I've bought. They are superb plants.
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lilydaydreamer
May 30, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Great garden plant with that classic Munson watermark.
I have recommended this plant to several "non-daylily" people as a great pop of color in their gardens.
Grows well, blooms well - a keeper.
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javaMom
Jun 2, 2016 4:32 PM CST
Got mine from Oakhill and I planted almost 1 month ago, I hope I can see it blooms this Summer...
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 2, 2016 7:24 PM CST
javaMom - Please post an update as the season progresses. Would love to hear how it does for you. (And would give you an acorn tip for stats on yours!)
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javaMom
Jun 2, 2016 8:17 PM CST
Sure @beckygardener, will do and I'm hoping that MM will have scapes soon and I'll be able to see it blooms this Summer !!!
Thank you for the acorn !

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