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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jan 21, 2021 6:01 PM CST
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'Velvet Thunder' is a dormant introduced in 1994 by Benz.

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Velvet Thunder') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Velvet Thunder')
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Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Massachusetts Bee Lover
Jan 21, 2021 10:04 PM CST
This is an old plant on my hill. It's not very prolific and it doesn't have too many buds but it is always beautiful. It's in a shady spot which probably affects the bud count. But the shade does help the blooms remain a deep velvety color with a nice thin white edge. I'll keep an eye on it this summer and see if I can improve the conditions. It might also be too crowded, lots of other old daylilies on the Hill!
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer Hostas
Jan 22, 2021 8:28 AM CST
It is a nice deep burgundy black in the shade. When the sun hits it, it fades to a dark red. It does have a nice thin red. As with many Benz red daylilies that were introduced around this time, the scapes are thick and stout with many short branches. With all of the newer reds, I decided that this was could leave the garden and it left 2 years ago.

Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
Daylilies & hardy hibiscus
Jan 22, 2021 7:57 PM CST
So far, so good with Velvet Thunder here in my Zone 7b garden. It was positioned to get pretty direct sun all afternoon, and seemed to hold its color fairly well. It didn't "melt" or get all glossy/shiny like some other deep reds.

I got the plants from GH Wild at the end of March, so it was nice that they bloomed at all. Not terribly productive in their first year, but I'm withholding judgement until this year.

FFE on July 5, a bit splotchy:
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LFO on July 10, with Siloam Tee Tiny -- I really like this pairing:
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Hardy hibiscus are a hobby, but daylilies are an obsession.
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Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Massachusetts Bee Lover
Jan 23, 2021 3:34 PM CST
Awww, Tee Tiny is so cute! I love those Siloam minis! Smiling

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