Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Dragons Eye

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Sep 11, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Dragons Eye' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1991 by Salter-E.H.. Jeff and Elizabeth Salter hybridize at Rollingwood Garden in Gainesville, Florida.

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

Dragons Eye is a mid-season to late bloomer with possible rebloom. It shows a rust susceptibility rating of 3.0, It has earned the following AHS awards: Honorable Mention: 1995, JC: 1991, ATG: 1997, and Award of Merit: 1998. It is pod and pollen fertile with currently 156 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Dragons Eye')
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Sep 11, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Dragon's Eye does well in my garden. It is one of several that came by way of Gilbert Wild in my addiction infancy several years ago. It has a pretty flower. It has never rebloomed in my garden thus far. It get late morning to afternoon sun due to it being located on the west side of an old well.
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Sep 12, 2016 4:30 AM CST
At 24" (mine blooms about 22" tall) this one needs to be towards the front. Great pop of color. No rebloom here but grows well and blooms well. I plan to keep it through my downsizing.
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Name: 🌺
(Zone 6b)
Sep 12, 2016 4:46 AM CST
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Dragon's Eye has done well for me but I have not seen much of any of my daylily blooms since the deer have been eating the blossom buds before they open. I lucked out and had this one bloom open so I was able to take this picture in the early morning light. Sadly it too was eaten before the bloom reached its full potential.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Sep 12, 2016 7:54 AM CST
I have only had Dragon's Eye for one year. I bought it last summer as a potted plant from a local nursery and planted it in late summer. It came through the winter with flying colours, and also had no problems coping with the very late spring that included several bouts of freezing rain which deposited a lot of ice. It multiplied and bloomed very well this summer considering it was just planted last year. I have it at the front of a border along a walkway, and it is a beautiful spot of colour. This is a cultivar that has performed very well in its first year and I expect it will be a great asset to the garden.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Sep 12, 2016 12:02 PM CST
I just wanted to say that this year I got four proliferations off of Dragon's Eye! Never noticed it doing that before. As Lilydaydreamer said, it is definitely a front of the border daylily. As far as being exceptional in bloom period, branching, bud count, it is not any of those for me. But I love the way this color brightens up the border.
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Sep 12, 2016 5:14 PM CST

Dragon's Eye is also a front of the border plant for me growing to less than the registered height. I planted it in 2014. It is a mid to late bloomer, a moderate increaser and the blooms are always consistent. I find it really hard to photograph so this is a pic from last year. It sets bee pods easily. This is the second year I have taken prolifs off it. I got three this year and two last, a great way to increase clump size.
Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Sep 13, 2016 8:32 AM CST
Dragon's Eye has been in my garden since 2012. Has performed as expected. Healthy plant habit and beautiful blooms.
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Sep 13, 2016 10:40 AM CST
I no longer grow Dragons Eye, but when I did I thought that it was a wonderful plant. It definitely a front row plant. It did well in my zone 5 garden and zone 7 garden (when I lived in MD). Certainly a good increaser and frequently had proliferations.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Sep 13, 2016 2:53 PM CST
I grew Dragons Eye for awhile but here it was shorter than registered while it was a lovely bloom, it went by the wayside for a taller plant.
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Name: Chuck
northern IL. (Zone 5a)
Sep 16, 2016 10:30 AM CST
dragon's eye blooms a little shorter for me then the 22 in height but the blooms are spot on and look good in front of the rudebeckia - it has never rebloomed for me though
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Sep 17, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Dragons Eye has multiplied above average for me, scapes are short, but are covered with prolifs. Pretty medium size bloom, bees set pods easily on it, I have not hand pollinated it. Care free cultivator, I have not fertilized it, and it is in a spot that gets less water than most of my Daylilies, but still has quickly grown into a decent size clump, produced beautiful blooms, and as I said before, has multiple prolifs per scape.

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