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May 25, 2020 12:13 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Last year and this year the first flowers on my Land of Cotton daylily have been pink. Pretty flower, but pink. Hard to see here:

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The next batch and all thereafter were:

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Is this fairly common for the first flowers to be different color?
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May 25, 2020 1:48 PM CST
Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Are you sure that's the same plant? The first one doesn't look like a double and is significantly shorter. The second one is a double and matches the description of Land of Cotton.

I guess it's possible the first year maybe it wasn't mature enough to bloom double and to its normal color??? Maybe?
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May 25, 2020 1:52 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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The other explanation is there were two cultivars mixed together when you purchased it.
Touch_of_sky on the LA
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May 25, 2020 2:04 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
When you say 1st batch, do you mean just the 1st few blooms on the scape? Or do you mean later scapes are cream and double? My Land of Cotton does not change colors, not sure I have ever seen it bloom in a single form, and scapes are taller than your 1st photo.
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May 25, 2020 4:04 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Lyshack said:Are you sure that's the same plant? The first one doesn't look like a double and is significantly shorter. The second one is a double and matches the description of Land of Cotton.

I guess it's possible the first year maybe it wasn't mature enough to bloom double and to its normal color??? Maybe?


Yes, It's the same plant. I have three LOC and this is their third spring here. I first planted them badly, then moved them into their current bed in the fall of 2018. They are in a raised bed and I remember being surprised when I turned around and found this beautiful pink flower in my face last year. A single. But later all three produced the big cream double flowers.

I've not had that happen with other daylilies.
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May 25, 2020 4:06 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
touchofsky said:The other explanation is there were two cultivars mixed together when you purchased it.


I don't think so because it only happened in the first blooming. Later all the flowers were cream and doubles.

I guess this is not common.
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May 25, 2020 4:17 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
alilyfan said:When you say 1st batch, do you mean just the 1st few blooms on the scape?


I THINK there were only a couple of flowers on the first scape and both were pink. I THINK both were singles.

alilyfan said:Or do you mean later scapes are cream and double?


Yes, later flowers were cream and double.

alilyfan said:My Land of Cotton does not change colors, not sure I have ever seen it bloom in a single form, and scapes are taller than your 1st photo.


Yes, this is a short scape. Hadn't thought about that. Last year they were much taller, almost eye level to me (5'5") in that raised bed.
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May 25, 2020 4:19 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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It happens to me with my near whites depending on temperature (and maybe other stuff). Most of my near whites look white to me but if it is cool the first flowers can be more peach or yellow or pink depending on the underlying color. When it gets warmer they go back to normal.

It was really obvious last year when we had lots of rainy/cloudy days at the start of the season. If I hadn't had some for years I would have sworn they were different plants!
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May 25, 2020 4:22 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Thank you all for responding. I feel sure I'll get the big,cream,double flowers that I got last year from these plants eventually since the same thing happened last year. I do not remember a shorter scape though.

As a newbie, just wondered if this was common. Apparently not.
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May 25, 2020 4:27 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
bxncbx said:It happens to me with my near whites depending on temperature (and maybe other stuff). Most of my near whites look white to me but if it is cool the first flowers can be more peach or yellow or pink depending on the underlying color. When it gets warmer they go back to normal.

It was really obvious last year when we had lots of rainy/cloudy days at the start of the season. If I hadn't had some for years I would have sworn they were different plants!


We had cold weather well up into April this year. Even some late freezes. Perhaps that's the cause.

I have 3 of them; the one that gets the most sun is the only one blooming yet. Will be interesting to see what the other two plants do when they bloom.

Thank you.
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May 25, 2020 5:13 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Sorry, it was 2 years ago this happened. Here is one of the first blooms of Forsyth White Clouds.

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I'd never seen it look peach before. Here's what it normally looks like.

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May 25, 2020 6:07 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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The two flowers of 'Land of Cotton' are so different I wonder if there is a fan of something else mixed in that is an earlier bloomer. Do all three plants do this?
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May 26, 2020 9:42 AM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
sooby said:The two flowers of 'Land of Cotton' are so different I wonder if there is a fan of something else mixed in that is an earlier bloomer. Do all three plants do this?


There are two more pinks this morning. One scape has 27 more buds on it. Will be interesting if they are all pink.

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Not sure if all three plants have had pink. I know two of them have. But after the first pink last year, I had lots of cream LOC flowers on all three plants.

The other two clumps are just starting to set buds. They don't get as much sun as this one.

I think I'll call Oaks. Curious about this.
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