Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Russian Easter

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Russian Easter' is a evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1991 by Kirchhoff-D..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 1998
Honorable Mention: 1995

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Russian Easter')
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jul 16, 2016 6:28 PM CST
This evergreen has done very well for about five years in my northern garden. It has come through the winters with flying colours and it blooms well even in a partially shaded area of the garden. The soft colours are very easy to blend with other perennials or daylilies.
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Jul 17, 2016 9:29 AM CST
Russian Easter is one of my favorites. I love the pastel colors. It is a mid to late season bloomer here. I just checked and noted the scapes are about 32 inches tall, I have 6 scapes up and at least 8 buds on each scape although it is too early to tell as it has a long time to go before it opens. I planted this one here in 2014 from a double fan so it is a good grower/clumper. Definitely a keeper for me. The image above is what mine looks like in my garden.
Update2017--Now a mature plant at 3 years old, RE reaches 36" here with a bud count of 17 on 3 way branching
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Jul 18, 2016 5:13 AM CST
I've had Russian Easter since 2007 and I agree that it adds a nice, soft color to the garden. It is not one that everyone would say "what is that way over there", but it does blend well with other daylilies. Branching is probably two-way as seen in one of the pictures below and probably only about 8-10 blooms per scape.

I have not divided or moved Russian Easter since I purchased it, so I do not believe that it is a fast increaser. I don't recall seeing rust on it. A club member told me once that we don't see rust here in our area until around August, so I will have to check then.

In summary, I think the reason I keep it is because of the soft color, sturdy scapes, and it's nice height. Not saying I won't ever get rid of it, but it is always a pleasure to see it in bloom.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Jul 18, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I have had Russian Easter for many, many years. It truly as carefree as one can get. The clumps by now are massive and the bloom is just so lovely. Just the right touch of color but never gaudy. In fact mine are blooming right now.

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