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Name: Lindalee Stuckey
Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5a)
LindaleeS
Nov 1, 2015 10:51 AM CST
I have my red volunteer in a semi shady spot and it does well there. So I haven't had a problem. It holds its color well there and gives great interest against the hosta and perennial geranium.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 16, 2016 6:29 PM CST
I first saw this plant several years ago at the local Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. I went there specifically to look at the daylily display after blooming season and check out the condition of the foliage of the plants. The stand out of all the foliage was Red Volunteer. It had no rust, no yellow leaves, just the best foliage of the entire group of plants. So I determined then that I wanted it. Well I finally got the plant last year in the early spring. It bloomed and for a first year plant I guess the blooms looked pretty good. Later as the weather cooled the plant got a little rusty, the leaves turned yellow and it generally looked nothing like the plant I hoped it would be. Later in the year the plant pretty much cleared up and was looking much better.Being it was the first year, I am hoping it will settle in and be much better this spring.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 30, 2016 2:42 PM CST
About time I posted my own evaluation of Red Volunteer .....

I acquired 2 fans of this cultivar in August 2015 which were potted up. In October 2015, they were transplanted into a new raised bed. I wasn't sure how much I would like this un-fancy bloomer, but sometimes one can underestimate the impact of a solid color bloomer with a bright yellow throat! It stands out in my garden. Maybe it's because I love the color red.

This year in May through June (2016) I had 2 scapes produce 8-10 buds on each. The scapes stood up above the foliage and handled the large blooms with ease even during inclement weather. I got 2 prolifs from the scapes which I rooted in water and have growing in pots to add to other areas of my yard.

I love this cultivar. It does indeed seem to be fairly rust resistant. The bloom color is beautiful if you like large, bright red flowers. A keeper for sure!

Blooms in June 2016:
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It does tend to slick a little bit in the heat:
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Name: Susan Ridder
Taylor Mill, KY (Zone 6b)
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LilySue
Dec 17, 2016 5:50 PM CST
This daylily is a gorgeous red. Quick to increase and nice size blooms. To help the throat pop with more color try growing with yarrow "Coronation Gold" and Shasta daisy's.
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Jul 13, 2018 11:16 AM CST
I love Red Volunteer! I bought it in a pot in September 2016 to remember a friend who had died, and immediately planted it in the ground. It bloomed with great exuberance and beauty in 2017. I have now planted Red Volunteer in two more gardens. I couldn't bring myself to disturb the original clump, so I bought additional plants for the other gardens. Red Volunteer is a favorite.

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