Data specific to Daylilies (Edit)
AHS link: AHS Daylily Cultivar Info
Hybridizer: Emmerich
Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003
Foliage type: Semi-evergreen
Scape height: 36 inches
Bloom size: 6 inches
Bloom time: Early midseason
Plant Traits: Rebloom
Diurnal
Early Morning Opener (EMO)
Bud Count: 10-15
Branching: 3-way
Bloom Traits: Eye or Band
Bloom Form: Single
Color description: pink lavender with merlot wine eye above green throat
AHS Awards: Award of Merit: 2011
Honorable Mention: 2007

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: Mask of Eternity x Ancient Reflections
Child plants: 27 child plants

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Common names
  • Daylily

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Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2024-06-20
Unweeded, unwatered, unfertilized in a bed of rocks and clay - un
Uploaded by mattsmom
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2019-07-13
Last one this season - every bloom was perfect.
Uploaded by farmerbell
Location: My garden in Lake Elmo, MN
Date: 2021-07-15
Intelligent design
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-07-06
Location: Cantonment, FL
Date: 2014-06-16
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Uploaded by mattsmom
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-07-08
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2019-06-29
Uploaded by floota
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2021-07-02
Early Morning Image;  Heavy rain overnight
Location: my garden
Location: Iowa
Date: 2018-06-25
Location: My garden in Southeast Virginia
Date: 2013-08-12
BLOOM
Location: My garden in Southeast Virginia
Date: JUNE
Closeup of buds, sepals and receptacles
Uploaded by Newyorkrita

Photo courtesy of Karol Emmerich of Springwood Gardens

Photographed on a garden tour in Ohio
Location: my garden
Date: 2014-07-26
Location: Canton, OH
Uploaded by Newyorkrita

Date: 1980-01-01
Closeup of design.
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2017-09-24
Location: Along The Fence Daylilies, Dansville, MI
Date: 2019-08-03
Location: At home in Aiken, SC 
Date: 2016-08-05
Very reliable rebloom and every bloom is perfect!  Love it!
Location: Garden of Jim Stauffer Lancaster, Pa
Date: 2013-07-21
Location: Canton, OH
Location: My garden in Southeast Virginia
Date: 2014-06-23
BLOOM
Uploaded by Newyorkrita
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-07-16
Uploaded by Newyorkrita

Date: 1980-01-01
Location: My garden in Southeast Virginia
Date: AUGUST
Entire plant
Location: My garden in Aurora, Ontario zone 5b
Date: 2015-07-17
A real beauty and rebloomer in my garden

Photo Courtesy of Harbour Breezes Daylilies. Used with Permission
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Uploaded by Newyorkrita
Location: Canton, OH
Location: Canton, OH

Posted with permission and photographed by Tee Money http://www.h
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2017-05-31

Date: 2005-07-01
Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Daylilies Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Private Daylily Garden, MI
Date: 2010-07-14
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2018-06-03
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2015-12-22
Uploaded by Newyorkrita

Date: 2009-02-08
Posted with permission and photographed by Leslie Mauck http://ww
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My garden
Date: July-19-2015
Location: Private Daylily Garden, MI
Date: 2010-07-14
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2015-12-22
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 2016-07-06

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Comments:
  • Posted by mattsmom (WI) on Dec 3, 2011 6:12 AM concerning plant:
    Very vivid & dramatic eye zone on this daylily. Multiplies & blooms well in my zone 4a garden.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 19, 2013 6:19 PM concerning plant:
    Intelligent Design is another one of hybridizer Karol Emmerich's stunning creations. It has a lovely light purple flower with a darker purple, dramatic eye zone. I have mine close to my back kitchen door where I can always easily see it as it blooms.
  • Posted by Pattyw5 (La Salle Illinois - Zone 5a) on Feb 6, 2015 11:13 AM concerning plant:
    Took a couple of years to settle in for me. The color is good and strong with ample rebloom. In very rich soil this year, it scaped 3 times. That was certainly a surprise.

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