Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Court Magician

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Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jul 24, 2016 6:01 PM CST Admin

Background history:

'Court Magician' is a evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1987 by Munson-R.W..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
JC: 1987
Honorable Mention: 1991
Award of Merit: 1994

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Court Magician')
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Jul 26, 2016 6:08 AM CST
This is one of my favourites and I've had it for many years. Its foliage is the last to go down in winter here, even -8C (~18F) didn't completely kill the leaves down to the ground the one year I was checking that. All daylilies have their foliage die back in winter here where it gets to -30C (-22F) or colder a few times most winters. I wouldn't say it flowers prolifically but that doesn't bother me. I have pictures but they're on my laptop so I will try and post one later.
Name: Louise Alley
Central Maine, Waterville (Zone 5a)
Jul 26, 2016 6:55 AM CST
It's a"What's not to like" plant. I bought a double fan 2 summers ago. Last week end at my sale sold 3-4 plants and a double fan is left with 2 scapes and 15 -18 buds per scape. It winters well.
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Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
Jul 26, 2016 10:36 PM CST
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Have grown Court Magician for several years with about 20 inch scape height. Has multiplied well for me and in morning sun and afternoon shade. No accurate bud count but it has been very prolific bloomer for me. An old favorite i will always keep.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
Jul 27, 2016 12:36 PM CST
It appears Court Magician has done a disappearing act. I can't find any record of it in my garden any more, it is going on the used to have had list.
Name: DancingGenes
Western WA (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Dog Lover Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
Jul 28, 2016 4:44 AM CST
Court Magician has been a great grower for me. This year though, the blooms are late opening due to a much cooler summer. The blooms themselves open up great and it looks like some splattered yellow paint at the top of the eye on each bloom.
The bud count isn't accurate here due to cooler summers.
Right now I only have one bloom left on it, it will be a long wait until next year.
A True gardener will purchase a thousand plants before thinking of where to put them :P
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer Hostas
Aug 1, 2017 7:45 AM CST
This year was its best year. I have had this plant for about 20 years. It has had adequate performance in years past. I just kept it because it was one of the first ones I purchased and it is in the background of so many intros. This year, it was tall and well branched with many buds. I can only attribute the improved performance this year to all of the rain we have received this year.


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