Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Buttered Popcorn

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Aug 4, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Buttered Popcorn' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1971 by Benzinger. No further information is known other than there are 56 registered cultivars listed under this hybridizer's name.

Buttered Popcorn is a mid-season to late EMO bloomer. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2004, Honorable Mention: 2001, and PC: 1993. It has a rust resistance rating of 1.3. It is listed as pod and pollen fertile with 7 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/11038/

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Buttered Popcorn')
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Aug 4, 2016 6:44 PM CST
'Buttered Popcorn' with a rust resistance rating of 1.3 was one of the first daylilies I ever ordered online. The main reason for ordering it along with the others in that order was rust resistance. So naturally, I have been very disappointed that here in my garden 'Buttered Popcorn' has been one of my most rust prone daylilies for the past two seasons. The rust was so bad that at one point there were no leaves left on the plant. It had just recently seemed to recover and now has decent looking foliage. Because of the rust the plant has naturally suffered, it did bloom, and rebloom but it has been noticeably set back a few times this season. If not for the rust I do feel this plant would have thrived and been much more developed than it currently is. I love the color, and if I can find a viable way of controlling the rust it will stay in my garden, but if not then it will have to go.
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Aug 4, 2016 7:39 PM CST
'Buttered Popcorn' was the most showy cultivar in my first-year garden. The color is absolutely stunning, and it was the tallest one in my garden though not as tall as the stats suggest (32"). The bloom stats are 6", and mine were only about 5". Mind you, this is a first-year garden with 'Buttered Popcorn' planted in May and showing me its four blooms about a month later. I'm looking forward to seeing the real show of 'Buttered Popcorn' next year! I had no rust to worry about, and she certainly grew well this year.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Aug 4, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Fred Benzinger lived just north of Charlottesville, VA and was one of JIm Murphys early mentors. Jim started his Hybridizing program with some of Fred's extended bloom seedlings. I believe Margo told me he'd retired from teaching horticulture at UVA. He was quite a crusty old gentleman when I met him in the late 90's. I visited his garden a couple of times. Once when I mentioned my interest in Daylilies, he ran inside and brought out an article the local newspaper had written about him and his garden, and he insisted I keep it when we left.
At one of the first Regional meetings I attended( 2001, near Baltimore) the area was in a deep drought, and most gardens were under water restrictions. The plants mostly looked wilted and, well, awful, except for Buttered Popcorn. It sat there, blooming its head off, completely unfazed by drought. Though I never grew it, I saw it blooming in many gardens and always looking super. A few years later, when it was on the Stout Medal list, I voted for it! It didn't win. The bloom is a bit old fashioned, but what a dependable plant. That's the only time in my nearly 20 years as a garden judge, that I've ever voted for a cultivar I haven't personally grown.

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Polymerous
Aug 4, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Great story, Julie!
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
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Cynthia59P
Aug 4, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Buttered Popcorn has a lovely yellow bloom that seems to beckon you to come take a closer look. It is fast at increasing for me and produces a nice clump in a short time. The foliage is always green and healthy looking. Some of my other daylily foliage looks ratty by the season's end, but not Buttered Popcorn.
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mantisOH
Aug 4, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Wonderful landscaper. Well budded, good height, just short of the 6" registered size.



Name: Boyd Banks
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hillbilly
Aug 4, 2016 10:40 PM CST
It is one of the very best I have ever grown,I will have it as long as I have a garden.
Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Charlemagne
Aug 4, 2016 11:04 PM CST
BUTTERED POPCORN blooms here first and is the only bloom in the garden for a couple of weeks. It is planted in sandy gravel and gets little special care including the least water of any of our hems. Its form is nothing special but the color really pops and the mass of blooms is impressive.

First bloom here June 16, last bloom July 16.

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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Emquinn
Aug 5, 2016 5:53 AM CST
Butter Popcorn is such a dependable bloomer and plant.. The color is a true reminder of summer. It is one of th cultivars that are grown along the NC highways. One of the first Dayliles purchased.
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Aug 5, 2016 10:36 AM CST
There are four Buttered Popcorns here. They used to be great, put on a terrific show until the rust came to the garden. I can't believe a rust resistance rating that high--were only northern daylilies put to the test? For these past two years, these have been totally decimated by rust, taken right down to the ground. These are going to have to go, there is no use keeping them.
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Aug 5, 2016 4:01 PM CST
Avedon said:There are four Buttered Popcorns here. They used to be great, put on a terrific show until the rust came to the garden. I can't believe a rust resistance rating that high--were only northern daylilies put to the test? For these past two years, these have been totally decimated by rust, taken right down to the ground. These are going to have to go, there is no use keeping them.


Thumbs down Sighing! So sad, Avedon!
Name: Sandy
Croft, PA (Zone 5a)
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Sandymaex
Aug 5, 2016 6:28 PM CST
I have Buttered Popcorn in my garden. I bought it cause I thought it was supposed to be fragrant. It's NOT. Sighing!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 7, 2016 9:43 AM CST
I purchased BP in 2006 and it has always been a joy to see it in bloom. In the 10 years I have had it, it had never been moved until this year when I finally divided it to sell at our club sale in June. It was about 20 fans when I separated it. I believe it would have been more had I divided it after five years. It was a very tight clump to divide.

It usually has 2-3 way branching close to the top and anywhere between 10-18 buds, which you might be able to see in the picture below.

Although it is registered as ML bloomer, in my zone 6b garden in 2015, it bloomed from June 13th thru July 4th, so a good three weeks of bloom. And it definitely has a nice, sturdy 32" scape to hold up the blooms. I've never noticed rust on it.

The database shows it as an EMO (early morning opener), but I really couldn't say whether I've ever noticed this trait or not.

Buttered Popcorn on June 23, 2015
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Buttered Popcorn on June 13, 2016 (before dividing for club sale, which just about killed me to do!!!!)
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Aug 7, 2016 9:49 AM CST
Buttered Popcorn is not an early morning opener in my garden.

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