Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Wisest of Wizards

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Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jul 4, 2016 6:01 PM CST Admin

Background history:

'Wisest of Wizards' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1994 by Salter.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2003
Honorable Mention: 2000

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wisest of Wizards') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wisest of Wizards')
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jul 4, 2016 6:24 PM CST
It's a beauty but in 10 years I've never had to divide it so I'd say it wasn't a strong grower. The blooms open and stay fresh looking all day long. No fading in sun.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Jul 4, 2016 7:25 PM CST
I've had WOW for 5 years now and even though I don't see a lot of WOW factor, it is a nice garden plant. My daughter and I split the double fan when we bought it, so my single fan may have turned into eight by now.

It has mostly two-way branching and not a huge amount of buds, maybe 10-12. Here in southern Indiana, it begins blooming around mid-June and only blooms for about 2 weeks, maybe a little more.

Upon closer inspection of my pictures, I see that this beautiful gold edge and diamond dusting may be the reason why WOW has 143 children. Maybe it does have a WOW factor, after all Smiling

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Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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Jul 4, 2016 7:34 PM CST
I've divided it for sales four or five times, so I really can't say much about it in clump strength. I can say that it is a reliable bloomer, grows and increases very well for me and is very fertile both ways.

Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jul 5, 2016 6:10 AM CST
I have had Wisest of Wizards for 14 years and I can't recall ever dividing it. It evidently is not a fast increaser, which is ok with me. I don't believe scapes reach the 28" registered height here. I think it is overall a great garden plant and fertile both ways.
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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Jul 5, 2016 7:28 PM CST
I've had Wisest of Wizards for about 8 years & am very happy with it. I've divided it a couple of times, it is a nice sized clump now, but probably not a really rapid increaser. I'm fine with that, less work involved. It blooms well, almost always reblooms, though not as nicely as the first time. The blooms always open nicely & look good, a big plus for me.

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