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Jul 29, 2016 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Becky
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'Calico Spider' is a evergreen diploid introduced in 1987 by Crandall. No further information is known about this hybridizer except that there are 5 cultivars registered by this hybridizer.

Calico Spider is mid-season extended bloomer. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2011 AHS award. It is listed as pod fertile with 5 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/paren...

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Calico Spider')
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Jan 15, 2022 1:54 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Eagle Bay, New York (Zone 3b)
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Calico Spider seems to be overlooked by a lot of gardeners, and that's unfortunate. I have had Calico Spider in my 'zone 3' gardens for several years and, although its foliage is noted as evergreen, it's actually quite hardy. It's listed for 32" and easily reaches full height here, and blooms prolifically.

I have also had polymerous blooms on Calico Spider every year (and, judging by the photos posted, it polys for other gardeners as well). The colours are bright, very strong and sassy in the garden, highly visible. I would recommend Calico Spider without any hesitation.

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Nov 22, 2023 6:44 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Eagle Bay, New York (Zone 3b)
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I moved 'Calico Spider' in 2022, which will sometimes set a plant back a bit for a year or so. Not the case with 'Calico Spider'. I divided it, gave two-thirds of it away, and replanted it into a new location in 2022. In 2023, it came back gangbusters!

This summer in late July:


'Calico Spider' is a strong bloomer and tosses out polys as casually as a cloudy day might toss a passing shower. It holds up well to afternoon sun (never fades) and to rain (neither spots or runs) and it just 'pops' against everything planted around it.

This is not a bashful bloom tucked shyly into a corner, it more than holds its own. It has good substance, does not tend to tatter in a breeze, and handles cold winters with aplomb. On 32-inch scapes, it does not get lost among the foliage ... and, with extended bloom, the flowers outlast pretty much all the daylilies around it.

It does not just 'survive' here, it thrives here! Again, I believe this daylily is under-appreciated and would do well in any cold climate garden. But if you are looking for something that stands tall and stands out ... a real eye-catcher in the garden... I would recommend 'Calico Spider' without a bit of hesitation.
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