Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Heavenly Angel Ice

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

'Heavenly Angel Ice' is a dormant diploid introduced in 2004 by Gossard.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2010
Stout Silver Medal: 2013
Honorable Mention: 2007
L/W: 2009

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Heavenly Angel Ice')
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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I added Heavenly Angel Ice early last season. I got a great deal on it, only $20 for 8 large fans. (I see Oakes has it for sale at around $50 for what is probably 4 or 5 fans). It is nice and tall, the blooms are large, the substance of the flowers is fantastic, 4-5 way branching, and high bud counts. Compared to my other 'whites'...this one really IS white.

I know a lot of hybridizers have been using this one to work on their whites, but I plan to mix this one with lots of oddballs and hope for a nice surprise.

Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Feb 5, 2016 7:05 PM CST
I got hooked on this after a friend here on ATP gave me a bloom from her garden. Personally, her bloom convinced me that this was a better near-white for my garden than Margo Reed Indeed was (personal preference, of course), so I picked up Heavenly Angel Ice (HAI) at a local nursery.

It (re)bloomed soon after I purchased it in the late season, making it the latest (re)blooming daylily in my garden last year, I believe. Sadly, frost killed the last couple of blooms and the one or two developing seedpods that were on it. The first (re)blooms I had on it bloomed on 9/23/15 and went until 10/11/15, when it finally surrendered to the frost.

It had 4- or 5-way branching, but I don't recall the budcount.

It seems to be an easy pod and pollen parent.

HAI seems to have more peach undertones than the yellow-green undertones of Margo Reed Indeed.

Edited to add: has thicker scapes than MRI (if you like tall, delicately swaying flowers, MRI might be more for you). Also has a little better substance to the petals than a lot of other UFO dips; thicker than MRI, Starman's Quest, etc.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Feb 5, 2016 9:59 PM CST
I love this daylily. So elegant. It's one that I MUST get transplanted this year. As you can see in my photo it is in a lot of shade and just gets a little afternoon sun. It has never reached the registered height, I'm sure because of the lack of sun. I'm anxious to see how it improves after I transplant this summer.

Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Feb 6, 2016 8:47 AM CST
Often daylilies will actually be taller in the shade because they "reach up " for the sun. Of course that does not mean always be taller in the shade, I feel with enough shade it would stunt the growth.
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Feb 6, 2016 1:14 PM CST
HAI does not like to be disturbed. It can also take a while to get established enough to bloom. Definitely not the registered 36" here. More like 28-30. Not really 8 inches here either, but not in a prime space. Gossard says it does not like heavy fertilizing.

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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Feb 6, 2016 7:48 PM CST
I have had Heavenly Angel Ice since the spring of 2014. It hasn't done real well. Which I think to where it planted. The soil is not the best. It comes up but is not blooming. Will work this spring to make conditions better.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Feb 6, 2016 9:28 PM CST
HAI has done relatively well for me. It gets shaded morning sun but full afternoon sun until about 6 pm. It has multiplied well and blooms reliably. Difficult pod fertility for me, don't recall having tried the pollen that much. Where I have it, which arguably is a less than ideal spot, it's about 30 inches but the bud count varies between 20 and 25.

It did take 2 seasons to really get established. It came back readily those 2 years but definitely wasn't blooming as it has been since. I like the bloom. It's nice with decent substance. If I had a better spot I would move it but it will have to stay where it is for now!

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