Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Mary Ethel Anderson

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Name: Becky
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Background history:

'Mary Ethel Anderson' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1995 by Salter-E.H.. Jeff and Elizabeth Salter hybridize at Rollingwood Garden in Gainesville, Florida.

More information can be found on the Salter's Rollingwood Garden website:

Mary Ethel Anderson is a mid-season to late bloomer with possible rebloom. It has been converted to a tetraploid. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2002, Honorable Mention: 1999, DFM: 2000, FS: 1997 It is pod and pollen fertile and has 15 registered children:

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mary Ethel Anderson') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mary Ethel Anderson')
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Name: pam
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Oct 23, 2015 8:59 AM CST
There's my girl nodding Love Love Mary Ethel

Not much to add, just a favorite of mine. I love the MEA section in the daylily show here. Her petal color seems to vary a tad, eye color doesnt, you always know its MEA.
Name: Debra
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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Oct 23, 2015 8:24 PM CST
I've grown this Daylily Mary Ethel Anderson for several years and always blooms beautiful in my garden. It is a favorite of mine and when in bloom will call you across the yard. It continues to Rebloom every year two or three times in my 8b zone garden
Name: Lisa Klette
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Oct 24, 2015 8:30 AM CST
I got this little cutie fall 2013 at the recommendation of fellow ATPers and I am not disappointed! Front of the bed border plant as it is very short. Adorable little blooms. No data on fertility.

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Name: Glen Ingram
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Oct 25, 2015 1:52 AM CST
My Mary Ethel Andersons have just started flowering this week. I find the cultivar an excellent garden plant. Well, to be honest, when I first planted it, it was not - it was a dismal performer. When wet, it looked bedraggled and, when dry, it looked withered. The blooms were too few and buds dropped. So, four years ago, I dug it up and divided it into four fans and replanted throughout the garden. The results were miraculous. The four separate fans took off like rockets and it has been one of my best bloomers since (one clump subsequently flowered 11 months straight. Amazing). Here it first blooms from about mid-October to early November and often reblooms through to March.

I am a great believer in this technique: if a daylily plant isn't going well, dig it up, trim foliage and roots, divide and move.

My present clumps respond well to fertiliser and Epsom salts and boom when mulched with alfalfa or lucerne pellets. Raid your guinea pig's pellets if you have too. Don't use the mulch because alfalfa has a strong tap root if it becomes established in amongst the fans from seeds in the mulch. Hose the pellets into the soil.

Here in the subtropics MEA acts as an evergreen with no decrease in foliage over winter. It is fairly tolerant of rust and usually only needs a leaf trim.

The only problem I can think of with MEA is a generic difficulty: I am never quite sure where to place miniatures in a large garden of daylilies. How do other people effectively situate miniatures in their gardens?

This is today's bloom.

Thumb of 2015-10-25/Gleni/67e668

PS. I have not bred from it but I notice it has many bee pods each year that have viable seed. Mine was sold as a diploid.

PPS. 22 June 2016. After hybridising that summer, I found MEA diploid and easily pod and pollen fertile.
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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Oct 26, 2015 7:15 AM CST
I agree

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