Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: El Desperado

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
May 30, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'El Desperado' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1991 by Patrick Stamile. See Patrick (and wife, Grace's) website for information about the daylilies they grow in Arroyo Grande, CA: http://www.distinctly.on.ca/stamiledaylilies/

For more information about Patrick (and Grace), read Char's thread: The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Patrick and Grace Stamile" in Daylilies forum

El Desperado is a late season extended bloomer. It shows Rust Susceptibility rating of 2.5. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2000, Honorable Mention: 1997, JC: 1992, DCS: 2001, and PC: 2000. It is both pod and pollen fertile with currently 88 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/28779/

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'El Desperado') .

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 'El Desperado')
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Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lilydaydreamer
May 30, 2016 6:08 PM CST
Grown this one in our school front garden for several years. Always blooms well and provides a great color.
We have divided several times and it never pouts afterward like some daylilies do.



Also grow its child
Desperado Love which has a larger softer colored bloom
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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Emquinn
May 30, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Have had El Desperado for several years it has been slow to increase, but it blooms great.
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Bedmaker
May 30, 2016 7:43 PM CST
El Desperado grows very well in Zone 5. Increases well and consistently blooms well. Tends to bloom on the later side of mid-season for me. I have had it for 5 years.
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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shive1
May 30, 2016 8:24 PM CST
El Desperado is always one of my best budded cultivars. It increases very well here.
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
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mom2cjemma
May 30, 2016 8:24 PM CST
I have owned El Desperado for about 3-4 years now. It consistently blooms around July 15.

It too has been slow to increase, but it may have been a bit stunted because for several years, I planted all of my plants in chicken wire cages dues to big problems with voles. Last fall I removed them all out of the cages and many were root bound in the cages. Hoping that their new found freedom will help with growth.

I have 6-8 El Desperado seedlings that I started this spring.

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
May 31, 2016 7:45 AM CST
My El Desperado does very well for me here in zone 3. I love the colour and it blooms reliably for me early August. His partner in my garden is Bela Lugosi and I think they contrast nicely with each other. This spring I see an appreciable increase on El Desperado so am looking forward to more blooms this year!
Name: Susie
MI (Zone 5a)
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deejay49
May 31, 2016 10:30 AM CST
I rec'd my EL DESPERADO Back in 2004 & it dose very well here for me ,, Blooms are very Showy, everyone That visits my gardens Usually tags it as one that they like to have . I Have Shared many fans of this one .
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia
May 31, 2016 12:56 PM CST
I have had this one since 2007 my first year at this house. It has increased very well for me and always blooms well for me. It starts blooming mid June here at my house in zone 5b and blooms into July. People always love this one. I often have multiple blooms at the same time which is very appealing to the eye! This is one of those older ones that has remained popular for good reason.

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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Raven
May 31, 2016 7:57 PM CST
El Desperado is one of my favorite daylilies. In my garden since '09, I think it is the perfect color combination. It is hardy, increases at a moderate rate, is mid to late blooming and has a high bud count for me . The blooms are just above the foliage and the 28" registered. It will always have a place in my garden.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
May 31, 2016 11:59 PM CST
El Desperado is a real show stopper. Power house bloomer and multiplies VERY well here in my zone 5a garden. Easy to set pods.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 1, 2016 5:52 AM CST
I no longer have El Desparado but when I did it was a great performer and bloomer. It also increased well in my zone. I could not get it to set pods but I see others have. The only reason I don't have it anymore was scapes were not tall enough to suit me.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jun 1, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Here I am giving another report on a daylily that my daughter owns nodding . El Desperado is one of the first daylilies that she bought and it has done fabulously in her garden. It has clumped up well and is always covered in bloom. It sails through our winters and does well in her clay soil. Coincidentally, she has it planted in combination with Bela Lugosi as has DebbieC. It was one of the cultivars that got her hooked on daylilies. I always admire it when I visit her garden. When she gave me my Mother's Day gift of a daylily order, she included one of its parents in the order, El Bandito. We tend not to buy the same cultivars, because we share plants. It did have a bee pollinated pod this summer, but the seeds did not germinate for me.
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 1, 2016 2:19 PM CST
I planted ED in 2014, and it bloomed in 2015. Great color, and it seemed to have a longer than average bloom season. This year it has lots of scapes currently, and I can see that they are going to be noticeably taller this year. It bloomed more ML than L last year.
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
Jun 2, 2016 4:31 PM CST
I just planted mine a few days ago and looking forward to see the blooms !!!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 2, 2016 7:25 PM CST
Would love some stats on yours as the season progresses! Do keep us updated. (An acorn tip is awarded for evaluation comments.)
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javaMom
Jun 2, 2016 8:22 PM CST
@beckygardener, funny thing is I got one package that said ED from Walmart and another package of daylily (forgot the name but definitely not ED) from Lowe's and they both have blooms (just finished) that are identical (the yellow color and shape just like ED but just yellow self, I posted the photo on my noid)....
Name: Lindalee Stuckey
Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5a)
LindaleeS
Jun 4, 2016 8:59 AM CST
I got mine as a gift plant at the Daylily Convention in Naperville a few years back. It is a good grower for me but my daylilies don't bloom until July here in zone 5.

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