Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Francis of Assisi

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Nov 13, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Francis of Assisi' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1994 by Steve Moldovan. Roy Woodhall and Steve Moldovan did their hybridizing at Moldovan's Garden in Avon, Ohio. (Both are deceased.)

More about the Moldovan's Garden can be found on the website:

Francis of Assisi is a mid-season bloomer with extended bloom and possible rebloom. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2004 and Honorable Mention: 1999. It is pod and pollen fertile with 13 registered children:

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Francis of Assisi') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Francis of Assisi')
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Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
Nov 13, 2015 11:08 PM CST
I love "Francis of Assisi". I ordered it about 6 years ago just from the pictures and when it bloomed, it was the most beautiful saturated rosy red with hints of magenta - no muddiness in the color of this flower. It isn't a formal flower but that color will knock your socks off. It rebloomed easily for about 3 years, didn't make the biggest clump but the oaks that my daylilies were planted under to protect them from the July and August Florida sun kind of interfered. My plans are to build a new bed and get all of my daylilies out of there where the shade is an inhibiting factor for them. I thought oaks grew slowly - boy, was I wrong. Build a bed of mushroom compost, pine mulch, horse compost and Florida sandy loam around those trees roots and boy, have they taken off. I'll be planting things under there that will be happy for that much shade. We have gotten an extendable pole saw and I put my husband in the front-end loader of our tractor and let him trim out some of the branches.

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Nov 14, 2015 8:26 AM CST
Didn't do well for me, so I rehomed it a couple of years ago. Shrug!
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Name: Ann
northcentral OK (Zone 6b)
Nov 14, 2015 11:37 AM CST
I purchased Francis of Assisi at the wonderful Wisconsin Daylily Society sale in August 2013 in Madison, WI.
It is a beautiful one!
I feel sorry for mine though because I keep moving it. Francis bloomed in the summer of 2013 but wasn't near enough to the house where I could see it often so I transplanted it to be closer. That spot was in full sun...just too much for Francis in all the Oklahoma heat. It bloomed but the blooms melted in the hot sun. This fall I transplanted it to "just the perfect spot" I hope!
Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
Nov 14, 2015 12:19 PM CST

I appreciate the warning on the melting in the heat. I'll be moving mine but will make sure it gets some protection in the afternoon.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Nov 14, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Purchased Francis of Assisi in 2009 and I agree with Barb about the color, it is a beautiful magenta. It has multiplied well for me although I don't have specifics on how much it has increased. It is one that if I needed some space, I would find a new home for it.

In the first picture, you can tell that it does bloom at foliage height. I prefer blooms above the foliage, but FOA has such a pretty color that I don't mind.
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Branching and bud count is not the greatest. Maybe 2-way branching with 8-10 buds. That is just a guess based on this next picture.
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Nov 16, 2015 12:09 AM CST
Francis is a little short for my taste but it has lovely blooms and I have some nice seedlings from it that have good height.

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