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Dec 30, 2021 4:14 PM CST
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Medford, WI (Zone 3b)
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One thing I never see is any mention of daylily species/cultivars with attractive foliage, apart from variegated Kwanso (which comes with its own issues) If the daylily detractors are to be believed, these mythical creatures don't exist. So, daylily lovers, are there daylilies that you can recommend for their leaves as well as their flowers? Enquiring minds want to know! Thinking
Dec 31, 2021 5:20 PM CST
Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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I can't recommend any variegated foliage daylilies, I don't grow any other than a seedling of mine. You can search the NGA daylily database by going into the "search by characteristics" link. Then scroll down to Plant Traits and check the box next to Variegated Foliage then the "search" button. That will bring up 11 registered ones. Here's a few images from the database...

Along with variegated foliage there are dark scapes. Although I have a sticky note in a pile with a list of them we don't yet have a search feature specifically set up. You can type "dark scape" in the "color description" box and see 7 of them. Search the parentage and you can find more. Here's a few images of those...

These are 2 newer tets with dark scapes.

There's also "stockings", a different color at the base of the foliage, red or purple. Orion showed an image of a gorgeous red stocking sdlg in this post

A purple stocking sdlg of mine...
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Jan 2, 2022 12:25 PM CST
Name: Justine
Maryville, Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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The name Lullaby Baby seems like a misrepresentation as it's not really much of a baby, but it has always struck me as having architecturally lovely, symmetrical, blue-green fans of leaves. Add nice branching and good increase and I'll keep it forever, even though I wish it had rebloom. For a dip, it has amazing plant presence before the clump gets crowded and the fan size diminishes.

I am pleased to have Carol Van Sciver as well (also a whitish dip, but more recent) and really look forward to
her strutting her branching, chartreuse stuff more fully in 2022. Paul Owen remarked that her children are easily identified by their rich green color in the greenhouse while still young seedlings.

A daylily plant doesn't have to have have different colors or be variegated to make a statement. Good, strong plant habit can be attractive too.

Lullaby Baby is always more than 19"" here. I don't have a good pic of the fans.

Carol Van Sciver is newly planted in this pic
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