Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Strutter's Ball

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 13, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Strutter's Ball' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1984 by Steve Moldovan. Roy Woodhall and Steve Moldovan did their hybridizing at Moldovan's Garden in Avon, Ohio. (Both are deceased.)

More about the Moldovan's Garden can be found on the website:
http://www.daylilytrader.com/moldovan_gardens_2011.htm

Strutter's Ball is a mid-season extended bloomer. It shows rust resistance with a 1.5 rating. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 1992, Honorable Mention: 1989, and JC: 1986. It is pod and pollen fertile with currently 107 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/19845/

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Strutter's Ball') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Strutter's Ball')
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 13, 2016 7:09 PM CST
This daylily is a showstopper. It is large, beautiful, and robust in every way. The scapes are talk, thick and strong, and it increases nicely. It holds its lovely deep color and the flowers are always well formed. It has a slight fragrance. If I could have only one daylily, this would absolutely be the one.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Jun 13, 2016 8:08 PM CST
I love the color and is a reliable bloomer. It does hold its color.
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Name: Liz Quinn
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Emquinn
Jun 13, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Strutter's Ball was the first purple Daylily I purchased in 2004. It is a dependable bloomer, it hasn't increased a lot over the years. It usually has 2-3 scapes and blooms for several weeks.
I'll keep it.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jun 13, 2016 9:03 PM CST
Mine has never done very well and I'm not sure why. Few blooms and little to no increase over the years. The blooms are very pretty though. Maybe I just got a dud plant. 🤔
Name: Boyd Banks
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hillbilly
Jun 13, 2016 9:07 PM CST
It has always been one of the best performers here in zone 6
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Bedmaker
Jun 13, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Strutter's Ball was one of the first daylilies that I purchased when I got bitten by the daylily bug 20 years ago. It remains in the garden to this day. Great all around plant. It does not fade in the sun in my Zone 5 garden. Flowers are above the foliage and is a reliable performer.

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Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jun 14, 2016 3:44 AM CST
I have Strutter's Ball too but I can't say I am a big fan. Oh it is plenty healthy, the stalks are sturdy, the flowers are robust, the plant is steadily increasing over time...what is not to like? I think it is the color, and I think I have not been able to capitalize on it. It is more a dark smudge in my garden. Seeing this thread & seeing the photo has made me look at the flowers again. I simply need to pair it with something yellow that blooms at the same time. Or surround it with yellow variegated foliage......now if I could remember just which one it is....

I think I will have to wait for it to bloom, then carry the blossom about the garden looking for a compatible match. I'll let you know if I succeed.

What have others paired it with?
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Raven
Jun 14, 2016 4:58 AM CST
+Yes, I have Strutter's Ball. I bought it several years ago labelled as such and complained every year that it didn't open right, not many blooms and blotchy when a bloom got wet. I was complaining about it to a fellow club member so he gave me a piece of his last year to grow. When I then compared pictures of mine to the data base, I think mine might have been mislabelled. I kept both plants to compare but I notice Arthur's gift plant is more robust than mine.So this season I will know and add back an account at the end of the season.
Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Jun 14, 2016 5:54 AM CST
I have had Strutter's Ball for three years now and I love it. It is consistent and the coloris steadfast. I have it planted in a bed under the shade of a pine tree. This year the blooms are smaller due to a lack of rain. Every plant in that bed is smaller. I started with 2 fans and now I have six. It's a keeper for me.

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jun 14, 2016 6:05 AM CST
Pat236,
I was wondering if anyone in the south had any luck growing this plant, it died very quickly when I tried it. Just wonder if it being cooler (Stone Mountain) and being planted in the shade has allowed it to survive?
Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Jun 14, 2016 6:37 AM CST
Maybe...I received two fans from different sources and both bloomed last year and this year. The soil is very dry under that pine tree and even when it rains that bed does not get much. I'm thinking about moving it to a better location. This year the blooms are much smaller than last year. Last year was the first year that it bloomed and the second year in my garden.
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 14, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Cayuga, I like Strutter's Ball with Pandora's Box or any of the many daylilies that have a purple or dark red eye zone.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jun 14, 2016 7:06 AM CST
Strutter's Ball has done very well for me in my garden. It has increased well, has very healthy robust foliage, provides a lot of bloom, and has been rock solid hardy. I have it in a location that receives some shade and the blooms hold their deep velvety colour and the flowers always open perfectly. It is a favourite of mine.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Jun 14, 2016 7:06 AM CST
This daylily has been in my garden for years, it is sunfast, good foliage, increases well, not to mention it is a beauty, in other words it is a keeper.
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