Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Prairie Blue Eyes

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

'Prairie Blue Eyes' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1970 by Marsh.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
JC: 1970
Honorable Mention: 1973
Award of Merit: 1976

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Prairie Blue Eyes') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Prairie Blue Eyes')
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Aug 17, 2016 6:22 PM CST
An oldie but a good daylily. Quite a fast increaser so, even though there aren't a lot of buds per scape, there are so many scapes that it still makes a nice show. Apparently it isn't one of those that stops blooming when it gets crowded because I haven't divided it in the 9 or 10 years I've had it. Huge clump & really nice in bloom.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Aug 18, 2016 7:09 AM CST
I agree that Prairie Blue Eyes is an oldie but goodie. It does increase fast in my zone and blooms for at least a month. Stats are right on and it is fertile both ways. I like its unusual color.
Edited to add: Hardy in zone 5b.
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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Aug 18, 2016 7:41 AM CST
This one that is on my wish list. Definitely one to add based on the two reviews. Thanks.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Aug 18, 2016 7:46 AM CST
I have grown this daylily for at least twenty years in my northern garden. I like its lavender blue colour and its height. I have it planted in an area of my garden that does receive some shade and it still blooms reliably year after year.
Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
Aug 18, 2016 7:57 AM CST
I have grown Prairie Blue Eyes in both a zone 5/6 and this zone 4 garden for over twenty years and it was/is hardy in both locations. I divided my clump a few years ago and the plants have been left undisturbed since. Interestingly, unlike the other reports my PBE has not flowered in several years (it did flower for several years after being divided). I imagine that is because it is growing under almost wild/natural conditions. It has been growing with no added water (just rain), no fertilizing and occasional weeding.

Many years ago I used it in a test and I can report that although it is both pod and pollen fertile with other cultivars it seems completely self-incompatible (all self-pollinations set pods which were then aborted). If I ever get around to studying self-incompatibility I will be using it in crosses with Stella de Oro which is self-compatible to check on the inheritance of compatibility/incompatibility. Of course, to do that I will need to fertilize it heavily to start it blooming again. It will take probably at least a full year of heavy fertilizing before it flowers again so a two year wait. I imagine the seedlings from that cross will have horribly coloured flowers.
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Aug 18, 2016 8:39 AM CST
I can't say a lot about 'Prairie Blue Eyes' as it was planted in zone 7A less than a month ago. It is doing fine, though, and looking stronger every day!
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Aug 18, 2016 8:51 AM CST
I had Prairie Blue Eyes in my garden for many years it increased well, was nice in a clump, bloomed every year even without dividing, the blooms were attractive. Finally decided that a newer cultivar would take it's place as I like change in the garden.
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Aug 18, 2016 3:24 PM CST

Prairie Blue Eyes was the first daylily that I grew that was not a ditch lily, long before I started collecting. I have grown it for at least 20 years. It has moved to several spots around the gardens, been divided several times and continues to give me a good bloom season. It will be divided and moved again next spring. I will always keep it as I love the color and the plant habit. Blooms are held above the foliage.

Name: Debby
Gulf Coast Texas (Zone 8b)
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Aug 23, 2016 3:46 AM CST
Prairie Blue Eyes has been a winner in my gulf coast Texas garden for years. Rust tolerant, heat tolerant and blooms steadily.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Aug 23, 2016 12:16 PM CST
I've had PBE almost since my love of daylilies started (ten years or more). It does increase well. I love the blue hues of this lavender bloom. I need to split mine up because this year it did not get a lot of scapes. Great addition for new daylily addicts. As for those of you who have lots of daylilies, consider this one as a color that will accent many other daylilies.

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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Aug 23, 2016 1:11 PM CST
I have had Prairie Blue Eyes for over 4 years. It started out average. Not the worst, but nothing spectacular. The last two years it has gotten smaller and smaller. It has been behaving like a dormant that does not tolerate heat. Last winter was warm and this spring it barely had 4 blooms. I have had some daylilies take 5 years to come around to the hot side, but I consider that too ridiculously long.. I am giving it one more year to improve. I would not repurchase. Many blessings for everyone to have gardening success!
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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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Aug 23, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Mine did not bloom this year. Last summer was so hot and dry that I had to dig up and pot many of the daylilies. When they were replanted a few of them didn't do well. I really hope next spring they will surprise me. Sad
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Sep 30, 2016 12:37 PM CST
I acquired 8 fans of Prairie Blue Eyes in April 2016. These fans were potted up together and will be transplanted this Fall into a raised bed. It did not bloom for me this year (2016). It is now 5 fans and a new smaller emerging fan. So down to 6 fans now.

The leaves are thin and it makes a small, compact clump in a pot. I hope to see some blooms next year (2017).
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Dec 7, 2017 9:42 PM CST
I crossed PBE with Barbara Mitchell. Also got seeds from @Hemlady crossing PBE with Milky Way Eyes.
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