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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Apr 19, 2019 8:06 AM CST
Ham,
if you hang out on this forum much longer, you'll get infected with daylily-itis (or addiction- whichever)... You'll learn more than you thought was possible to learn about daylilies, and we will enable you to buy more DL's than you ever thought you'd want to own.

Remember, resistance is futile... Big Grin
Bravery is not being unafraid. Bravery is being afraid and living life anyways.
Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Hamwild
Apr 19, 2019 8:25 AM CST
ShakespearesGarden said:Ham,
if you hang out on this forum much longer, you'll get infected with daylily-itis (or addiction- whichever)... You'll learn more than you thought was possible to learn about daylilies, and we will enable you to buy more DL's than you ever thought you'd want to own.

Remember, resistance is futile... Big Grin


Uh oh. That means I'll have to make room for more then. Whistling
Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Apr 20, 2019 4:29 PM CST
Hamwild said:My Stella is blooming, so I took a picture for comparison. No new open buds on the unknown daylily yet, so I'm waiting to measure a flower once a new one opens.

Comparing:

Unknown:
Thumb of 2019-04-18/Hamwild/cbc5ea Thumb of 2019-04-18/Hamwild/08610b

Stella:
Thumb of 2019-04-18/Hamwild/db8942 Thumb of 2019-04-18/Hamwild/2fc497

Could they still be the same cultivar or are we looking at something other than Stella?


Every ID thread for Stella de Oro goes down a dark path.

Your unknown actually looks more like the genuine article to me. I bought Stella de Oro from a private daylily nursery in the mid 80's, which, I believe, was pre-tissue culture, and it always looked like every other Stella I saw in other gardens. Grown in full sun, mine always had 12" scapes and proportionate, thrifty foliage. At some point, other "look-similars" started showing up.

Stella de Oro has been propagated and sold in large quantities by a large number of commercial nurseries. Because of its popularity and usefulness, the name quickly became ubiquitous with "small, golden yellow repeating daylily", leading to much misidentification. It has been through tissue culture, which many people believe can lead to "gene-creep", or genetic errors. Stella tends to be grown for long periods of time in landscaping situations, as opposed to the gardens of collectors, and it reseeds readily. Because many of the Stella kids bear a very close resemblance to Stella, when clumps are divided, those seedlings are then distributed as Stella. As a result, there is much confusion, and many of the images on the database here are not representative.
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Garden Art
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Hamwild
Apr 21, 2019 3:59 PM CST
So, I got a measurement on the unknown. About 3" for the flower. Sounds like Setlla, no? *Blush*

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