Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Royal Frosting

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Nov 16, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Royal Frosting' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1993 by Darrel Apps of Wild Rose, Wisconsin. He has been retired since 2007.

Article in the New York Times:

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Royal Frosting is an early to mid-season bloomer. It is both pod and pollen fertile with currently 6 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Royal Frosting')
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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Nov 16, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Royal Frosting is quite white compared with other cream-colored blooms. Its blooms here are about 5", seeming small compared with, say, White Perfection (which is the whitest in my garden). Definitely not 36" here. Indeed, it has always been a bit disappointing in regard to height, but maybe it just tends to get crowded out. More narrow petaled than more recent whites. A bit Plain Jane in regard to form and not so vigorous as I would like, but whiter than many recent ones that were hailed as breakthroughs in white hybridizing.

Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Nov 16, 2016 8:22 PM CST
I purchased Royal Frosting from a local nursery last year, so I have seen it through two bloom seasons and I have been impressed with it both seasons.

It is a beautiful white with a creamy overlay and diamond dusting--such a pretty shimmering in the sun. Last year it was a whiter white than this year and I'm not sure why... It could be due to location (it was moved to a spot that gets more shade this year). It was also a little heavier on the substance last year--likely due to fertilizers the nursery uses--but was still a flower with nice substance this year, too. Despite being moved to a less-sunny, poorer soil area, it still thrived.

One of its best features is it's high bud and branch count, regardless of whether or not it is fertilized. Another favorite feature is its sweet scent. Hybridizers will also appreciate it's easy pod (and pollen) fertility... I got lots of seeds off of this plant both years.

When I think of what a traditional-form, white daylily should be, this is what I think of.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Nov 30, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I've had RF for a number of years. As I recall, it did take a while to get going here in my zone. It is very lovely. As with most "whites", some years it's cream/yellow tinted and other years it gets closer to white. I think it may depend upon rainfall and or temps???? In 2015 I did get pods from it, however, I have just one seedling as a result. Most pods did not produce seeds. I believe the cross that I have is Royal Frosting x Political Punch. We'll see if it makes it through a Wisconsin winter Crossing Fingers!
Here is a picture of Royal Frosting and Political Punch. They live next to each other in the garden.
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Aug 16, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Royal Frosting is pretty close to being white. It is container grown in light shade in Texas. It has a long bloom season, sturdy blooms and a good bud count with rebloom!

Elegant looking
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I have it in a very large container with Red Reverence. Together they take your breath away. Most pictures of Royal Frosting contain both daylilies. By itself or paired with another it is a great daylily to have in your garden!
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