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Jul 15, 2016 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Background history:

'Daring Dilemma' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1992 by Jeff Salter. Jeff and Elizabeth Salter hybridize at Rollingwood Garden in Gainesville, Florida.

More information can be found on the Salter's Rollingwood Garden website:

Daring Dilemma is a midseason bloomer. It shows rust susceptibility. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 2000, Honorable Mention: 199, and JC: 1992. It is both pod and pollen fertile with currently 137 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Daring Dilemma')
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Jul 15, 2016 8:27 PM CST
South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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I have had Daring Dilemma since 2009. I have several larger daylilies around it, so it looks like a tiny daylily in that area. It has a cute bloom to it, but it has not increased as fast as I would like for a daylily to increase.
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Jul 15, 2016 11:33 PM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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I have had Daring Dilemma for several years now and though it is a beautiful Daylily I have found it to be very highly susceptible to rust in my area. Zone 8a. I have had to watch it carefully. It does multiply well and blooms well for me.
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Jul 16, 2016 5:05 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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I have had Daring Dilemma for many years. It blooms well and increases well for me. It's stats are true in my climate. It is fertile both ways and makes nice seedlings. Does very well in our humid climate.
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Jul 16, 2016 3:27 PM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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I've grown Daring Dilemma for several years. It is a robust plant with lots of blooms. It comes through our "arctic-like" winters fairly well in decent condition. With this said it is not one of my favorite daylilies. My choices are probably far from the daylily popularity lists, and there are some that I dislike! Some of my best (and favorites) are of the pastel/subdued color varieties with subtle shading and ruffling. Deep crimsons and lavenders are also in my landscape. With these thoughts in mind Daring Dilemma is well worth the garden space!

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Jul 16, 2016 5:34 PM CST
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 6a)
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This was my first season with Daring Dilemma, I acquired it last year and it has been in the ground since early last fall.

It started blooming here on 6/30/16, so definitely more a the early midseason, almost early season.

So far this season I only got one scape out of the 4-5 fans growing. It is a healthy clump but sad on performance otherwise.

This is first thing in the morning (0600) and again later evening. It didn't quite get out of the foliage, but my scapes are all over the place this year in terms of height.

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I will give it more time, because it is pretty, and because it is my only dil"Emma" daylily at the moment.
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