Data specific to Daylilies (Edit)
AHS link: AHS Daylily Cultivar Info
Hybridizer: Connell
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1955
Foliage type: Evergreen
Scape height: 32 inches
Bloom size: 6 inches
Bloom time: Midseason
Plant Traits: Diurnal
Fertility: Pod Fertile
Pollen Fertile
Bloom Traits: Self
Bloom Form: Spider
Color description: velvety red black self
AHS Awards: Honorable Mention: 2003

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Ploidy: Diploid
Child plants: 55 child plants

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Common names
  • Daylily

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Location: Garden of eScapes Bellevue KY
Date: Summer 2011

Date: 2008-07-12
Location: my garden, Germany
Date: 2014-07-07
Uploaded by Charlemagne
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2012-05-08
Location: SE Michigan
Date: 2017-07-15
Black Plush poly's FREQUENTLY for me, but this was a particularly
Location: Missouri
Date: 2010-06-24
Location: Melvindale, Mi. 48122
Date: Mid season 2011.
A hardy evergreen in the north.
Location: my garden in Germany
Location: home
Date: 2014-07-17
I've not seen it other than as a very dark red.
Location: home
Date: 2014-07-17
I've not seen it other than as a very dark red.
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2018-06-04
This late afternoon pic shows how well the color holds up in full
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-06-25
From time to time, this beauty shows more deep purple than red bl
Location: Garden of eScapes Bellevue KY
Date: 2015-07-13
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-06-25
Most of my Black Plush are in big bowl pots, but I also have a bo
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-06-21
Full view of funky fused bloom -- two of everything!
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2014-06-21
Location: SE Michigan
Date: July 2015
Overexposed, somewhat. Flower is darker.
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-07-09
Second summer in my garden; I love the rich, plush, velvety black
Location: Garden of eScapes Bellevue KY
Date: 2013-12-01
Location: BX Creek Daylilies, Vernon, BC.
Photo by Gail Morgan of BX Creek Daylilies. Used with permission.
Location: Melvindale, Mi
Date: 6/13
Location: BX Creek Daylilies, Vernon, BC.
Photo by Gail Morgan of BX Creek Daylilies. Used with permission.
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, California
Date: 2007-07-16
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-26
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-07-23
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2017-05-31
Location: Private Daylily Garden, MI
Date: 2009-07-30
Location: Keokuk, IA
Date: 2020-06-29
Hemerocallis "Black Plush"
Uploaded by DogsNDaylilies

Photo Courtesy of Rural Roots Gardens. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2003-07-29
Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Daylilies Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Garden of eScapes Bellevue KY
Date: 2013-12-01
Location: SE Michigan
Date: 2015-07-24
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-07-09
Second summer in my garden; I love the rich, plush, velvety black
Location: Waynesboro MS
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Date: Jul 27, 2011 4:55 PM
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Daredevil Daylilies. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: home
Date: 2014-07-17
I've not seen it other than as a very dark red.

Photo Courtesy of A La Carte Daylilies. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Walnut Hill Gardens Used With Permission. Unaut
  • Uploaded by vic

Image courtesy of Johnson Daylily Gardens Used with permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2018-06-18
There are many scapes, but a low bud count.  Even so, I love the

Photo Courtesy of Earlybird Daylilies. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2021-04-19
The same big bowl pot on late April a year later
Uploaded by Hemlady
Location: My Yard
Date: 2011-07-20
Location: My Yard
Date: 2009-07-30
Location: Private Daylily Garden, MI
Date: 2006-07-28

Courtesy of Peace on Earth Gardens Used with permission
  • Uploaded by vic

Photo Courtesy of May's Acres Daylilies. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: my garden
Date: 2013-07-04

Photo Courtesy of Mystic Meadows Daylily Farm. Used with Permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Uploaded by DogsNDaylilies
Location: SE Michigan
Date: 2015-07-24
Location: kitchener
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8
Date: 2013-26-06
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-07-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-07-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-06-21
Cool fused bloom from the side
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-03-01
Early season growth in the two big bowl pots
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2020-03-19
One of the big bowl pots, only 18 days later
Comments:
  • Posted by Joy (Kalama, Wa. - Zone 8b) on Dec 3, 2011 5:01 PM concerning plant:
    A hardy, vigorous evergreen with good increase, a near-black spidery daylily. Garden Value Poll Winner
Plant Events from our members
Claudia On June 17, 2015 Obtained plant
Just received this plant today from another ATP member. She was very generous. Have meant to add it for years & now I finally have it. Thank you Debra!
piksihk On March 16, 2016 Transplanted
HW in daylily bed
csandt On September 8, 2016 Obtained plant
Seedfork On May 5, 2018 Bloomed
First bloom on this plant ever in my garden.
Seedfork On April 15, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
First scape ever on this plant in my garden.
Seedfork On April 7, 2017 Obtained plant
Received from In The Neighborhood Daylilies
Friesfan1 On October 25, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
Plant has yet to bloom for me. Kept same location.
MrKGDickie On April 20, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
At some point in 2000-2001, I bought a daylily at Lowe's Home Improvement. It had a tag that said Maya Purple, although I've since lost the tag. I planted it in the ground, but then dug it up. It spent a year in a bag of sand, and was then potted at some point between 2012 and 2013. The point of all this is that time hasn't been kind to this plant, which until yesterday was a NoID purchased under an alternate name.

That said, this plant is very vigorous in my Zone 7b garden. I'll post pics of the clumps early last spring and now mid-spring. The increase is significant, with the clumps expanding outward in a neat circle. The increase/crowding hasn't seemed to hamper blooming thus far.

After many years of trying to ID this cultivar, I ran across a thumbnail image of Black Plush yesterday. I thought, "That's it!" I read the details (few, given the cultivar's age) and looked up growers' online listings. Other than the fact that my plants' scapes haven't reached 32", everything matches. Even the fact that this 1955 cultivar won an award in 2003 seems to support that it was mass-marketed in the years leading up to that.

I'm happy to say that I grow Black Plush! I'll add pics soon.
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