Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Smuggler's Gold

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jul 7, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Smuggler's Gold' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1991 by Branch. No info on hybridizer.

Smuggler's Gold is a mid-season extended bloomer. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2002 and Honorable Mention: 1997. It is moderately difficult as a pod parent but an excellent pollen parent. It currently has 41 registered children:

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Smuggler's Gold') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Smuggler's Gold')
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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Jul 7, 2016 6:27 PM CST
A vigorous plant. Can be slow to open in the morning. A bit of a space hog, given its vigor. I believe too that it blooms just above the foliage. This pic was taken with an old camera. Just saw it today in the hospital garden and it looked good.

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Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
Jul 8, 2016 8:26 AM CST
I find it very slow to open often taking two days and not opening completely. It is also a very difficult pod parent here.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Jul 8, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Very vigorous plant here too. This year when many daylilies are shorter than usual, Smugglers Gold was taller than usual. Perhaps because it is at the back of the bed, backed up by a fence, & having to reach for sunlight.
(Zone 5b)
Jul 9, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I own this beautiful daylily and I really love it ! it's a flower's machine!
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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Jul 10, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Smuggler's Gold has the sultie color that seam to change on each time it blooms. A dependable plant and true to the AHS description.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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Jul 10, 2016 2:55 PM CST

I just added this one. I do know that it is a rapid grower and you can see if from the road in a drift!!

I am looking forward to having a big clump in a yr or two.
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Jul 11, 2016 9:45 PM CST
Smugglers Gold is indeed a beautiful Daylily but I agree it is a slow grower for me
As well in my garden. It does prove to be pollen fertile for me but difficult to set a pod on. I have had this one for 6-7 years now.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Jul 14, 2016 5:56 PM CST
Just added Smugglers Gold to my garden last year so I can't give an in depth report but looks like it could be a hardy and dependable Daylily based on its increase from its initial planting. Just gave me its first bloom today.
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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Dec 22, 2017 9:43 PM CST
Added Smuggler's Gold in 2017 and it bloomed the first summer. Short foliage and scapes, small bud count, but pretty, subtle flower colors. Didn't try to set pods and didn't use its pollen this year, but I will try it next year.

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