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
Flowers: Showy
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Ploidy: Diploid
Child plants: 54 child plants

Common names
  • Daylily

'Black Plush' was a featured
Plant of the Day for December 13, 2016.
  • 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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