Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Trahlyta

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Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Trahlyta' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1982 by Childs-F..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2004
Honorable Mention: 2001
LAA: 2009

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

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Trahlyta')
Name: Liz Quinn
Statesville, NC (Zone 7a)
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Nov 20, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Trahlyta is one of the first daylilies I purchased and before I became a daylily nerd. It has been a great performer and increases well. Love the color and size. This picture was taken in 2008. it was in mostly shade.
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Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
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Nov 20, 2015 7:06 PM CST
I hate to disappoint but I've only had this one for a couple of months. It survived shipping and transplanting without a hitch but I suspect I won't have performance information until spring/summer next year.

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Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Nov 20, 2015 9:27 PM CST
Trahlyta is a beautiful diploid daylily, it is very hardy in zone 6b south central Kentucky. I have had it 3 years and I have divided it once in that time. It increases quickly, dividing it doesn't slow it down a bit.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Nov 21, 2015 1:48 AM CST
Trahlyta is really two or three daylilies in one as the color can change through out the day. Some don't like that, but I think it's always a joy to see what pretty face greets me each day. It's been in the garden for a number of years and has multiplied well. Achieves the registered 30" height and 6-1/2" bloom here in zone 5a. I got some seeds from it this year. Crossed it with Marked by Lydia.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Nov 21, 2015 6:40 AM CST
I have had Trahlyta for 12 years and I can't imagine not having it. It is a wonderful bloomer and very hardy in my northern climate. It increases rapidly and it grows true to its stats. I have never checked bud count on it but it does bloom for quite a long time. It is sunfast and fertile both ways, setting lots of pods.In the 12 years I have had it, I don't think it has ever not bloomed for me and it has been separated several times. Blooms have also opened well on cold nights for me. Love it!!!
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Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Nov 21, 2015 6:59 AM CST
I had to add Trahlyta when I saw a presentation about naming and the story of the name was shared.

The plant grows well and the bloom is unique. Based on discussions and a data base search of the 113 children, Trahlyta passes that unique smokey eyezone on to offspring. I have not used it for hybridizing yet but plan to next year. I Would love to get ahold of the Tet version for hybridizing.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Nov 21, 2015 7:49 AM CST
Trahlyta in my garden is not in the most optimal place. It gets several hours of shade, but it still manages to do okay, but it does not reach its full height. Bloom time is late June to mid-July.

I purchased it in 2010. This picture is from 2012. I am sure that with more sun, it would have increased more. But the foliage looks nice and healthy and you can see that the scape height is just barely over the foliage.
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Blooms open very nicely and I've rarely seen a bad bloom on it. This photo is from July 4, 2015. I just thought it was cute with the buds shooting off in the same direction.
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 21, 2015 8:46 AM CST

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This one is a beauty in my garden. It came in as a small df and has increased nicely. I have been growing it for only 2 years since summer of 2014 but it is one I love. It also sets good pods. A keeper.
Name: NancyN
Massachusetts (Zone 7a)
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Nov 21, 2015 9:50 AM CST
I was pleasantly surprised by Trahlyta, and have come to love it in my garden. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the grey-ish tint on the blooms, but it is so unusual, and lovely, and changes throughout both the day and the season. I was increasingly intrigued every time a bud opened. It does well here in my Zone 4 garden, reaching about 28" high with 6" blooms.
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Name: Guybo
Blenheim, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Nov 21, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Trahlyta is a great plant here in SW Ontario - strong bloomer, wind tolerant, fairly quick to multiply. All this and a pretty face too!
May the blooms be with you!

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 21, 2015 10:35 AM CST
It does well here too, no winter protection. It has increased enough that I've given some away. Very distinctive colour.
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Nov 22, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Unfortunately, I don't have a true local report, to report. Sticking tongue out

However, I will share this.

Earlier this year, I shared an idea about starting a Native American Heritage bed filled with Native American named CVs. See link: The thread "Native American Heritage Daylily Bed..." in Daylilies forum

I fell in love with the Trahlyta ever since I read the story shared by @Lilydaydreamer. Thank You!

This CV went to the top of my wants list and I obtained it thru the LA back in August. Yes, I know HOTT in August. I received a healthy plant and I soaked it in a systemic solution overnight to make sure it was plenty hydrated before potting. I divided a 6 fan clump, evenly and as mentioned before, potted it up. Both pots have responded very well and each has a new fan already. Loving the foliage and can't wait until I can see my princess bloom next year! You can bet I will share pictures, of her pretty face and of the planned Heritage bed as it grows...

I tip my hat to you.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Nov 22, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Well, after reading the reports on Trahlyta it seems to do good from Canada down to Florida, so I think I am adding it to my want list. It does not show a Rust Resistant rating, but with several comments stating how good the foliage looks I am willing to give it a try.
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Nov 23, 2015 7:05 AM CST
I was debating between Trahlyta and Purple Cheetah as they have a similar look. The Trahlyta was less expensive, but in the end I choose Purple Cheetah. I hope I didn't make a mistake!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Nov 23, 2015 8:48 AM CST
I still would like Purple Cheetah.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dec 6, 2015 8:16 AM CST
I don't have this cultivar (though it looks like one I need to have!). Instead, I have a child hybrid that I grew from seed in Fall 2009. The parentage was labeled Trahlyta x Chocolate Ripples. (I obtained the seed from Sandi - seedsower.) It has short scapes (which surprised me), mine currently only has maybe 4-5 buds - that are nicely spaced out - per branch on each scape, scapes have 3-5 branches, produced several scapes in the current clump, and has some of the best (rust-resistant) foliage of any daylily in my yard. Because of the beautiful blooms and great foliage, it will be staying in my yard! I may cross it with a taller scaped, rust-resistant cultivar this year. It also multiplies better than most of mine. Because of the shorter scape, it would be a great "front of the garden bed" cultivar to use.

I am waiting for it to multiply more, as I would like to divide it and transplant it to my front garden bed border. I'd like to do a whole row of this plant, with another cultivar right behind it that blooms at a different time. The foliage really makes me happy!

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Bloom (that looks a lot like Trahlyta - the pod parent). I love the heart-shaped throat pattern.:

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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Aug 16, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Trahlyta is a beautiful daylily. I received enough to make two clumps.
One clump did not make it a year, but that was in an area where daylilies did not do well. The second clump has been a reliable and good bloomer. Trahlyta eyezone is always pronounced. It blooms mid towards the later end of daylily season here. It is getting alot of sun where it blooms. The flower does not spot but the heat can give it some unique looks.

These are typical blooms.
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These are typical of blooms that open in July.
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I have paired Trahlyta with a bright lilium, Matrix, and a bright purple salvia greggii
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Brings a smile to my face and I am extremely happy with Trahlyta!

May you have a bright and joyful day!
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Dec 5, 2017 4:59 PM CST
Here are some first year blooms from 2017 Holly Dancer x Trahlyta.

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