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Dec 4, 2015 6:01 PM CST Admin
Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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'Forestlake Ragamuffin' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1993 by Harding-F..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2009
Honorable Mention: 2005

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Forestlake Ragamuffin')
Dec 4, 2015 6:14 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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This is one of my all time favorites and was my first ever toothy one! The teeth always look great. A little slow to get started but great once it clumps up. It is short so plant it in the front. Very pollen fertile. Pods are slightly more difficult.

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Dec 4, 2015 9:03 PM CST
Name: Larry
Augusta, GA area (Zone 8a)
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Forestlake Ragamuffin has lived well and increased consistently for me here in east central Georgia where our summers are long, hot and humid and our winters are typically short and mild. It will throw teeth to some of its seedlings with others daylilies that do not have teeth in their background and, of course, a higher percentage of toothy seedlings with toothy daylilies. The only draw-back I have seen in hybridizing with Forestlake Ragamuffin is, if you are hoping for big, round, toothy seedlings, the majority of seedlings will tend toward the narrower form of FLR. However, every now and then the stars will align and you will get what you are looking for. In my hybridizing as far as seedling color, when crossed with darker flowers, the seedlings are generally lighter in color and/or in shade than the darker flower. When crossed with other pinks (although FLR simply looks yellow-to-gold in my garden), the pink color sometime intensifies. However, there are times when the seedling flower color cannot easily be explained. Here are a few of my FLR seedlings:

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G-1 lots of teeth and tentacles

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10-C-4 a few teeth, but not consistent - it is more round

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EE-1 not exactly teeth, highly ruffled & 'edgy' - also stronger color

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AA-1 No teeth - more round

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13-J-6 FLR crossed with toothy daylily = more and longer teeth (occasionally)
Dec 4, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Forestlake Ragamuffin is a true dormant here in the subtropics. I have had it four years and it has increased but the clump never looks vigorous. This is not helped by the fact that it is a rust bucket with a score of about 5.

So far it has always come back above ground in late winter and flowered well, usually beginning in the last week of October or first week of November. I have never been able to set pods on it but it is very pollen fertile.

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Dec 5, 2015 6:13 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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I have had this plant since 2007. I have never divided it once. It is a slow grower in my zone. I will keep it because it was the first plant I got that had teeth and I use it a lot in hybridizing. Like Lisa said, it is short. I prefer them to be taller. I have had good success setting pods on it and pollen is very fertile. We have had some brutal winters and it doesn't seem to mind. Never have mulched it.

A couple of seedlings. The second one with teeth is my favorite, although it decided not to bloom this year.


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Found another pic of a Forestlake Ragamuffin seedling.


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Dec 5, 2015 7:04 AM CST
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
I have only had this plant for 1 year. It flowered well and has sent up new growth. A short plant but constantly flowered. I love the teeth on the flower, look forward to many years of this plant and flowers.
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Dec 5, 2015 9:03 AM CST
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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I've tried growing it twice and both times it died after a couple of years of being in the ground. It just doesn't seem suitable for the near year-round heat and humidity we must endure here on the gulf coast. It's too bad, really, as I do like the bloom.

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Dec 5, 2015 9:21 AM CST
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Forestlake Ragamuffin is a great performer in Zone 6b southern Kentucky. It is the most pod fertile daylily I have. Pollen is good too. A medium increaser but winter doesn't bother it here even at 0 degrees, we got below zero a couple of times last winter. The blooms are consistently toothy and the color is good. A favorite in my top 10.

Dec 5, 2015 12:40 PM CST
Greencastle IN (Zone 5b)
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I have a love-hate relationship with FLR! It was my first toothy daylily too. I love those teeth and the color of it. Very short here. Closer to 24 inches here I would guess. Very slow to increase for me. I agree with Glen that the plant in general never looks very vigorous. I almost got rid of it this year. It will be evaluated yearly. I am now at the point of if something new comes, something must leave. This one could lose its spot eventually.
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Jan 30, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Thumb of 2018-01-30/Raven/1f710d This one is one I easily overlook when touring the garden. Maybe it's the color for me? It is a moderate increaser but is short as others have stated at 24" for me here. It has a decent bud count of 14 with 3 way branching which is better than many here. It has been here only two years.
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Jul 15, 2021 11:53 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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I received Forestlake Ragamuffin as a bonus plant. I planted it with some other new additions to my garden in a large raised bed. Those other daylilies have basically smothered FR. It has bloomed some but not much. I really must move it because the fans are so small that it barely gets any sun. I don't have good spot for it (until I make a raised bed just for smaller daylilies) so I'll probably just put it in a grow bag and see if it survives. It did produce a scape this year but it died.
Sep 14, 2021 10:01 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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I planted FLR last October ( very much pushing the envelope for my zone) but this cv survived and thrived, despite having some roots munched by voles in the Spring. It's in a good spot and seems pretty happy. I got a lot of flowers this summer for a first year plant!
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Dec 7, 2022 7:27 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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2022 update…FR had a great year. Up to five fans ( from 2 in 2021) it was a blooming machine over a long season, from July 6- August 10 with over 55 blooms. Unfortunately, it caught a bad case of rust by Fall. Hopefully, that will be gone in the Spring. I like the flower and don't find it boring at all.
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