Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: American Revolution

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

'American Revolution' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1972 by Wild.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2010

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'American Revolution')
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Dec 19, 2015 5:55 AM CST
I have had this plant for many years and probably will always have it as it is a good performer. Regardless of the weather, it always does great for me. It is a super fast increaser and it is fertile both ways. The location I have this plant in is not totally ideal but it still does well.

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Name: Susiep
Wetumpka, AL (Zone 8a)
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Dec 19, 2015 6:25 AM CST
I just got this plant this year so it hasn't had time to become established. It bloomed well and has produced quite a few new fans. I do love the color !
Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Dec 19, 2015 7:55 AM CST
This is among one of the first Daylilies I purchased. Mine is more reddish. It performs well and has increased nicely over the years.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Dec 19, 2015 8:17 AM CST
American Revolution is a great daylily for increase and bloom. I get both colors you see above. I'm sure it depends upon the temperature and rainfall. It is both pod and pollen fertile. I got almost 100 seeds from it this year. Mostly from the pods (but didn't record which pollen was used). One pollen cross I got is Barbara Mitchell x American Revolution. It will be interesting to see which color wins out with that cross. BM or AM...or neither, something else altogether??? Definitely a keeper. You wouldn't be disappointed with this cultivar.
Name: NancyB
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Dec 19, 2015 8:34 AM CST
The deep dark color is outstanding, and my clump has many shapes and branches and blooms. Currently it is in a somewhat-ignored location in my garden, and it's still an eye-catcher. I plan to divide it next season and move it closer to the house into one of the more well-tended areas of my yard so I can appreciate it more.
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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Dec 20, 2015 3:03 PM CST
This has long been a favorite among the 'dark' colors. I use the word dark with caution because it can be seen in varying shades of blackish/burgundy/mahogany depending on lighting; and also depending on one's frame of reference for colors. This was a difficult lesson for me to learn as a beginning daylily gardener. Shade and overcast conditions always (generally?) give the best light for photographing. This depends of course on individual preference, degree of expertise and personal experience.

As for performance, I find this to be a care-free plant with little trouble if any. I gauge about everything I grow here in Zone 5a/b according to a plants tolerance to weather extremes. This can range from blistering, humid summers all the way to Arctic-like severity in our coldest winters! In all these conditions American Revolution seems to shrug off all the climatic adversity. It multiplies well, and blooms with a good number of scapes and buds.

I photographed this image in early morning light without losing color.
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Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Dec 21, 2015 6:22 AM CST
I procured American Revolution a couple years ago as a 3 fan CV and it quickly established itself in my flower beds. It has more than doubled already, producing lots of new fans. It is also one of my most loved dark burgundy CVs. The velvety petals and sepals of the bloom remind me of a mink blanket that you want to curl up in on a cold day. That or a nice glass of red wine Rolling on the floor laughing

It performs well and produces plenty of 5 - 5 1/2" blooms to view and drool over.

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Name: Tracey Stewart
Pembroke, Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
Dec 21, 2015 7:01 PM CST
I have had American Revolution for several years and I find it does best in full sun (as do most daylilies). I had it in a bed in part-shade for a few years and though it still bloomed for me (and I loved the color) I decided to move it to a more sunny bed. It has rewarded me. Not only does it have many blooms but it increases quite quickly. It is one of my favorites, and the best performing dark dlily I have.
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Mar 13, 2017 7:11 AM CST
I purchased American Revolution at a plant show in 2015 and I have been really happy with it. Last year was a dumb-luck sort of year...rabbits or deer ate one of the scapes and I accidentally bumped into and broke the other scape, so I don't have any reliable hybridizing information from this plant.

Here's what I can say, though:
* It has a gorgeous, red-black bloom that rarely, if ever, bleaches out in the sun.
*It seems to have very reliable form and seems to always open well for me.
* It WILL set pods pretty readily (I don't have stats due to the unfortunate mishaps last year).

I don't know how I don't have pictures of this pretty plant already in the database, but I'll try to remember to come back and post one. It really is a pretty plant. For awhile, I had it planted right next to Jungle Beauty (another near-black) and it was neat to see the red undertones in this one compared to the purple undertones in the Jungle Beauty. American Revolution is really a gorgeous plant and I do recommend it to gardeners looking for some rich, deep colored flowers in their yard.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Nov 21, 2017 1:22 AM CST
Here are some of the seedlings that came from American Revolution x UNKNOWN in the 2017 (first year) bloom. Crossed with Barbara Mitchell too, but they did not bloom yet.

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