Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Vanilla Fluff

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Nov 12, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Vanilla Fluff' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1988 by Enman Joiner.

Char created a thread about Enman Joiner:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Enman R. Joiner, Sr." in Daylilies forum

More information can be found on the Joiner Daylily Gardens website:

Vanilla Fluff is mid-season bloomer. It has earned the following AHS awards: Award of Merit: 1995, Honorable Mention: 1992, IM: 1996, and LEP: 1993. It is both pod and pollen fertile with currently 38 registered children:

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

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Vanilla Fluff')
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Nov 12, 2016 6:23 PM CST
It does very well here and is always pretty.
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Nov 12, 2016 7:46 PM CST
The Vanilla Fluff I have looks more like Scatterbrain, it is peachy pink in color, it bloomed just
beautiful this summer, was one of my longest blooming daylilies,
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Nov 13, 2016 5:51 AM CST
My Vanilla Fluff has always been a peach color. After I had it for many years, I was told by a member here that I probably have Scatterbrain and not Vanilla Fluff. Wish I could add a comment but because I am not entirely sure what I have, I will decline. Here is what mine looks like.


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Lighthouse Gardens
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Nov 13, 2016 8:11 AM CST
Color can vary, but is never as pinkish as Cindy's picture here. Inconsistent here, as are some of the Joiner doubles. I eliminated Scatterbrain because bloom was too sparse in this climate. Unfortunately, Vanilla Fluff is growing in a rather shaded area, so I cannot give a fair evaluation. The picture here was taken in low light, so it is whiter than reality, but the form is accurate.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Nov 13, 2016 8:43 AM CST
Well, looking at the stats on the two: 'Scatterbrain and Vanilla Fluff' they are almost twins anyhow. I don't own 'Vanilla Fluff' but I do have two different clumps of 'Scatterbrain' one being a division from the original clump. The original clump is almost always a cream color, the division is normally a beautiful coral peach color. They are located in the same bed, but at different ends of the bed. So I would assume 'Vanilla Fluff' could also have a different appearance at times.
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Nov 15, 2016 1:51 AM CST
Vanilla Fluff was a disappointment for me, since the doubling of petals was always minimal.

Maybe she will have to find a new home.
Condilla and Roswitha are my two favourite doubles.
Name: Sandy
Croft, PA (Zone 5a)
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Nov 16, 2016 11:40 AM CST
My Vanilla Fluff was always cream colored. I have had it for years but this year it did not bloom. I am so sad! I am waiting for next year. Hurray!
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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Nov 16, 2016 12:53 PM CST
IMHO, I think those with the peachy colored blooms might have SCATTERBRAIN, although the different light can make the blooms appear more yellow. I got VANILLA FLUFF some 20 years ago from Mr. Joiner, and used to grow SCATTERBRAIN as well . VANILLA FLUFF is always more light yellow in color and is one of the few fragrant blooms that I can actually smell ( with my allergies.) It wouldn't have stayed here over 20 years if it wasn't a good performer.

Here are a few pics of it:

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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
Region: Canadian
Nov 18, 2016 6:40 AM CST

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I don't remember when I started growing Vanilla Fluff but it has been several seasons. It is always double for me and blooms late, into August. It meets stats for height and size. However, bud count is low. It increases at a moderate rate. The color can be as yellow as this picture but is more often an ivory color. I keep it because it is a late bloomer and a nice double, always consistent.

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