Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Moonlit Masquerade

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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May 31, 2016 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Moonlit Masquerade' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1992 by Salter.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Stout Silver Medal: 2004
Award of Merit: 2002
Honorable Mention: 1999
JC: 1992

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Moonlit Masquerade')
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
Region: Canadian
May 31, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Moonlit Masquerade is a favorite daylily. I have had it in my garden for 9 years and it has always performed well. My original plant has been divided a few times and bounces back quickly. It is a front of the border plant being quite short but has no trouble with my zone 5 garden. The blooms are always consistent, above the foliage and the bud count is acceptable to me. I love the colors too. This one is a keeper.

Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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May 31, 2016 8:48 PM CST
Moonlight Masquerade was the first patterned Daylily I fell in love. It has performed very well. It Iives up to being a Stout Medal Daylily and performes per the AHS despription. It's a keeper
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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May 31, 2016 9:20 PM CST
I fell in love with Moonlit Masquerade the first time I saw it and still feel the same way. It is one of my most favourite daylilies. The colours are beautiful and it performs great in my zone 3 garden. Mine is planted in a bed that is somewhat shaded in the afternoon and I love how the creamy white background just glows in those conditions.
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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May 31, 2016 9:42 PM CST
I have had Moonlit Masquerade for many years now. It is a consistent performer for me in my zone 5 garden. It will occasionally rebloom for me. One of it's children (Mask of Eternity) is a consistent rebloomer. So if one is looking to hybridize with MM for rebloom in the North, I would cross it with another rebloomer to increase the chances of getting a reblooming child.

Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
May 31, 2016 10:53 PM CST
So funny this is Daylily of the day because today it opened my first bloom for 2016. I have grown it for about 7 years and has rebloomed for me the last 2. I have it planted next to Awakening Dream because they are similar but wanted to showcase the fact that they are indeed very different.
You simply cannot go wrong adding this to your zone 5 garden such as mine. Saw it at 7:30 this morning and again at 6 at night and noticed no fading.
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Jun 1, 2016 11:32 AM CST
I have had and enjoyed and shared Moonlit Masqurade for many many years. It was one of the first daylilies I got when I started collecting and growing these wonderful flowers. It's one you spot and recognize easily and makes a beautiful show when it's in full bloom in the garden. It never fails to be one that friends will say I want a piece of that one!
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Jun 1, 2016 1:40 PM CST
I planted MM in 2013, it has been an average increaser, blooms above foliage, and has beautiful color that holds up well in the heat. One negative is, it seems to have one petal that does not lay right on most blooms here.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Jun 1, 2016 2:21 PM CST
One of the earliest daylily in my garden to bloom. It also reblooms if conditions are right.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jun 1, 2016 2:30 PM CST
My first bloom of Moonlit Masquerade opened today, too. Perfect bloom, fragrant and beautiful. All my daylilies are about a month late starting this year, but this one has been a fantastic rebloomer for me. I had at least 3 rounds of bloom from it last year.

Unfortunately it's rather susceptible to rust in my garden, so I'll be taking it to Utah to plant in my daughter's garden this year. The dry desert air is excellent for keeping the rust at bay. I'll be SO sad to see it go.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Jun 1, 2016 2:41 PM CST

I have had Moonlit Masquerade for three years. It struggles for me. It may like colder climes. I have now dug it up and repositioned the clump. Hopefully, it will do better in the coming season. It is susceptible to rust.
Name: NancyB
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Jun 1, 2016 9:15 PM CST
'Moonlit Masquerade' is a lovely daylily in my garden with a dramatic bloom. I love the coloring. It's on the shorter side, so I've moved it to the front of the bed to appreciate it better. I'm hoping to divide it this year so it can live in another spot too.
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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Jun 2, 2016 10:41 AM CST

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This is a photo of a bloom ..... I forgot to attach it to my comment. Oh well.... Back to my dirt and plants my friends!!
Name: Laura
SE Michigan (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Michigan Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 2, 2016 2:55 PM CST
I got home from work a little bit ago and was surprised to see two blooms open on MM today! First daylily to bloom here this year. Last year the FFO was on June 6th. I just love these flowers... one of the first daylilies I purchased was Pandora's Box, and this looks like a souped-up version of that Smiling It is a good performer here.
Name: Chuck
northern IL. (Zone 5a)
Jun 2, 2016 7:16 PM CST
got this plant about 3 years ago but it did not bloom like I thought it would, but then again I had it under a small tree and began to wonder if it was competing with the tree roots for moisture. ( water ) I moved it late last year to one of my prime locations out by the front driveway in full sun so we shall see how it does in this spot. I've seen to many pictures of this daylily performing like a band so we shall see what or how it likes it new location.
Name: Dany
Nantes, FRANCE (Zone 8b)
Region: Europe
Jun 8, 2016 2:59 AM CST
First year on the garden, and first flower
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Jun 8, 2016 8:21 AM CST
Mine is not blooming yet here in my northern garden. This one is always eye catching when in bloom making it a favorite of mine. The contrast between the near white and purple bloom is really beautiful, it has been here many years and will stay.
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just south of Winnipeg, Manito (Zone 3a)
Dog Lover Region: Canadian Birds
Oct 26, 2017 12:16 PM CST
I have had this one for many years here. It’s lovely, but very slow to increase, and not happy to be divided, so that works out. It is also prettier with a bit of afternoon shade, as our summers are very hot and very humid.

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