Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Lady Neva

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 19, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Lady Neva' is a semi-evergreen diploid created by Neva Bess Waller Alexander (introduced and registered in 1970 by Rowena Moody, after her death on January 25, 1969 in Galveston, Texas). In 1966, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Houston, TX Society, Charter Members were asked to write brief letters for the Yearbook. Neva Alexander wrote: "The daylily has meant many things to me and three words sum up the most important: Friends, Happiness, and Hope."

More can be read about Neva Alexander at this Historical Daylily Robin website (be sure to scroll down to read all of the information): http://historical-daylily.weebly.com/alexander-mrs-j-w.html

Lady Neva is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible rebloom. It has earned the following AHS awards: Honorable Mention: 2003 and Award of Merit: 2006. It shows a rust resistance rating of 1.3. It is pod and pollen fertile with 23 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/4677/

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lady Neva')
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Nov 19, 2015 6:09 PM CST
I have had Lady Neva for 12 years and enjoy it very much because of its later bloom. It increases at an average rate and it is both pod and pollen fertile. Didn't check bud count this year but it seems to bloom for 3 to 4 weeks. I will probably always have this one in my garden.
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Nov 19, 2015 8:09 PM CST

Just got Lady Neva last year and she is vigorous and carefree in zone 9a.

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Name: Rob Laffin
Mariaville, Maine (Zone 4b)
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RobLaffin
Nov 19, 2015 8:26 PM CST
Lady Neva does well in my Zone 4 garden. This year it really stood out - very tall scapes with huge flowers. While it wouldn't be a particularly showy flower if it was mid-height, mixed in with a lot of others, standing tall against the sky it was really spectacular. I would always keep this for that quality, plus it blooms a little later.
Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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hillbilly
Nov 19, 2015 10:10 PM CST
LADY NEVA has always done well in my zone 6 garden
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Nov 19, 2015 10:19 PM CST
always did ok for me, but the scapes were thin and flimsy-culled it because of that.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 19, 2015 10:21 PM CST
OOPS! Double acorned you, Ann! Sticking tongue out Hilarious!
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Raven
Nov 20, 2015 5:08 AM CST
I planted Lady Neva in 2013. It did poorly the first growing season. It seemed to languish the second growing season, 2014, then the heavy snows of winter 2014 arrived. It almost disappeared. I moved it last summer but I can't say it helped. I have yet to see a bloom.

OK. It has finally bloomed and is really doing well this season. The scape is the registered height and size. The bud count isn't up there yet but now that it has settled into my garden, I can expect it to perform well in the next years. I think it may be one that either disliked moving or takes a long time to develop. It is blooming mid to late here. I think it is a keeper for me now that I see it.



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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Nov 20, 2015 2:28 PM CST
I've had Lady Neva for a number of years. It has not increased much at all and often does not bloom. HOWEVER, in its defense, I have it planted in an awful spot. I'm surprised that it is still alive Crying I just added it to my list to be moved in the spring I cannot put it off any longer. I enjoy seeing these "daylily of the day" reports. I get to hear first hand reports if a particular daylily does or does not do well in my zone. Thumbs up
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Nov 21, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Lady Neva definitely gets to the registered height of 42 inches. This year I divided it, gave some away and still had a couple dozen fans left. The scapes seemed to hold up very well until the last few years. I ended up putting a small fence on one side to keep it from leaning. Am hoping that by dividing it this year, I have rejuvenated it. I do wish it had sturdier scapes, but I am keeping it nonetheless. It is such a cheery color.

Branching and bud count are not stellar, mostly 2-way branching with about 6-9 buds. It does seem to be rust resistant.

In my zone 6b garden, it tends to bloom the last week of June through most of July.

Not a great shot, but it shows branching and buds:
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 30, 2016 11:09 AM CST
I planted Lady Neva on July 7th 2015:
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It first bloomed in May of this year and into June.
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In just less than a year this is what it looked like today. It is sending up rebloom scapes:
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It has proliferations growing on it.
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It has formed many new fans.
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Plus it has a seed pod>
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
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beckygardener
Sep 30, 2016 9:02 AM CST
I received a nice clump of 7 fans of Lady Neva in July 2015 which were potted up. They were transplanted into a new raised bed in October 2015. It did not bloom for me this year (2016). It did however increase to 9 nice sized fans in a pretty tight clump. The foliage is slender and tall. Leaves cascade over due to the long length of each leaf. I do not know why Lady Neva and 7 other cultivars did not bloom for me this year which were all in the same raised bed. (Only 1 cultivar bloomed in that bed - Beautiful Edgings.) They all received plenty of sun, water, and fertilizer. Go figure!
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Sep 30, 2016 9:13 AM CST
'Lady Neva' was beautiful for me this year it put on a show of blooms for two months!
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