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Nov 12, 2015 6:01 PM CST Admin
Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Ruby Spider' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1991 by Stamile.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2002
Honorable Mention: 1999
LAA: 2011
L/W: 2002
PC: 2004

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider')
Nov 12, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Love love love RUBY SPIDER. The color is killer!

My best cross out of RUBY SPIDER was RS X NO BOYS ALLOWED. It is registered as SO THEY MET IN GEORGIA and it continues the line of strong color.

Nov 12, 2015 7:17 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I don't have this plant, but it is on my want list. There are so many beautiful photos of this in the database showing multiple blooms. It looks like it needs to be in my garden. I would love some feedback on the rust resistance of this plant!
Nov 12, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
I have this plant. Flowers are very large with crisp color. Lots of flowers early summer.
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Nov 12, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Planted in 2012, has had moderate increase, large beautiful red blooms on strong scapes, has many days with multiple blooms open, and it looks great. Also has several poly blooms per year here.

Nov 12, 2015 9:40 PM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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I love my Ruby Spider! I have had it for several years and have shared it with several friends because it is one that will absolutely call you over when it's blooming in my yard. Which then causes my friends to utter those words ....... Please can I get a piece of that one??? Lol. And around here we share!
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Nov 13, 2015 12:38 AM CST
Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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This is one of the first I purchased and is one of my best.
Nov 13, 2015 6:17 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Seedfork said:. I would love some feedback on the rust resistance of this plant!

In Dr. Buck's research into different races of daylily rust (Identification of Pathotypes in the Daylily Rust Pathogen Puccinia hemerocallidis), 'Ruby Spider' was either moderately resistant or moderately susceptible depending on the race of rust.
Nov 13, 2015 10:25 AM CST
Greencastle IN (Zone 5b)
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If I could have only one daylily, Ruby Spider would be it!

This plant has been outstanding in my garden. I added this one in 2009. It was from a trade I did with someone on GW. It multiplied very quickly for me. I have a very nice size clump of it. I will probably have to divide it this coming year or two. I have blooms on it for a good 4 weeks at this point!

The color will run a bit in the rain or heavy dew. But that is minor to me. The colors just glow even from a distance. Can't miss that yellow throat! Outstanding plant that performs every year. Never a disappointment and always makes me smile!

I really really love this one! Hurray!
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Nov 13, 2015 11:12 AM CST
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Yes the colors run on mine too which is pretty much only draw back. I bought 2 fans 4 years ago and probably have 8 now. Definitely needs to be divided
Nov 13, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
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This is my Ruby Spider. I have grown this one for 3 years. It is a stand out in the garden. shows up from a distance. Not confused with any other bloom. It has done very well in my zone 5 garden. Increasing nicely but not rampant. Good tall scapes and a good plant. A keeper for me.
Added 2019---bud count is 10 on 3 way branching, scapes are under registered at 28" but lots of scapes so many blooms. Flowers are huge reaching the 9" registered. A great garden plant here.
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Nov 13, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: NancyN
Massachusetts (Zone 7a)
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I have had Ruby Spider in my Zone 4 garden for only one season, but even during this first season, the blooms were beautiful: huge, and vibrantly colored. Definitely an eye-catcher. I'll be interested to see how it does over the next several years.
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Nov 14, 2015 6:26 AM CST
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Ruby Spider is in my list of top three favorite daylily cultivars that I own. Her cheery blooms popped open reliably every day for about 2-3 weeks this past summer, always a beautiful bloom. The flowers are huge and the scapes all seemed to be almost the exact same size as each other; she was very uniform and reliable this year. She was also an incredible pod parent, forming pods from almost every pollen dab I put on her, even forming multiple pods from a VERY difficult pollen parent I have. As such a reliable pod parent, she became one of my 'tester' daylilies this season to test the ploidy of a couple of NOIDs I purchased.

Her foliage is a bright green and is pretty lush in a clump, perhaps of medium thickness, and it comes up very roughly to about half the height of the scape.

She doesn't seem to be a rebloomer in my area, but her limited period of blooming is worth it because it's impossible to look at her and not feel atleast a little happier. She also appears to definitely go dormant. We've had unseasonably warm weather this fall here, but she's definitely done and has been a pale, straw-colored lump for a little while now.
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Nov 14, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Name: Ann
northcentral OK (Zone 6b)
I was given Ruby Spider by a friend in September 2014 when she divided hers. It bloomed some June 2014 and again this summer but I had trouble with thrips both years. It is planted in part shade and I think I'll move it this summer to more sun.
Nov 14, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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At 34" and huge blooms above the foliage, it is a standout. It may only have 2-3 way branching and only 8-11 blooms from what I can see in pictures, but it increases so well and sends up so many scapes that it seems to have a new bouquet for weeks. It is listed as an Early bloomer and is not listed as a rebloomer. In my zone 6b garden, last year it bloomed from June 17 through July 12.

I bought it in 2006, and have probably given away 2 or 3 starts since then. I just divided it this year and I know I got at least 25 fans. Can't wait to see it in another 2 years!
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Nov 15, 2015 8:20 PM CST
Name: Lin Jarvis
Peterborough, ON, CANADA (Zone 5a)
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Definitely one of my favs! I had this in my back gardens the year before setting up my front daylily bed and this year transferred a piece to the front to enjoy it out there as well. The large bloom is very striking in the brilliant colours.

year one
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year two

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Sep 30, 2016 2:55 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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I acquired 2 fans of Ruby Spider in April 2016 which were potted up. It did not bloom for me this year (2016), but it did increase to 3 fans. It will be going into a raised bed this Fall (2016). I am hoping it blooms next year. It looks lovely from everyone's photos! Thumbs up
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