Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Black Plush

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Dec 12, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Black Plush' is a evergreen diploid introduced in 1955 by Connell. No further information known about this hybridizer except that there are 330 registered cultivars under the name.

Black Plush is a mid-season bloomer.It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2003 AHS award. It is listed as both pod and pollen fertile with currently 51 registered children: https://garden.org/plants/pare...

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Plush')
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Dec 12, 2016 6:49 PM CST
I planted Black Plush in the fall of 2016 and hope to see blooms in 2017. Is that unrealistic??
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Dec 12, 2016 7:40 PM CST
Sorry but my computer deleted many photos and Black Plush must have been one of them. I do recall loving the depth of color.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Dec 13, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Black Plush is a very hardy evergreen in my zone and it increases fairly well. It blooms early here, is pod and pollen fertile and blooms for a decent length of time. Hope to always have this one in my garden. I will see how it does in zone 4 next year as I am taking it with me when I move.
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Claudia
Dec 13, 2016 8:27 AM CST
I added this one in late 2015. It had been on my want list for a long time. It did increase and I did have bloom this year. I just love the color Of Black Plush. I moved it this fall to a spot where it will really have the chance to shine......I hope! It was an early one for me also. Blooming in mid-June. I will give it more time to settle in before I know how accurate the stats are for me.
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Dec 13, 2016 4:44 PM CST
Carol ( @csandt ), that is not unrealistic to expect at all. Claudia, I'm sure you will love it!

As others have said, this is an early bloomer and it's really pretty...its color gives off the effect of glowing embers. Here is a picture of it in my 5b garden:



I also get a fairly high incidence of poly blooms on black plush for some reason (even though it isn't considered a poly), which is pretty neat. I'm not sure if it's weather-related or not, but whatever it is, it seems to only impact my Black Plush, so if you get excited about an extra petal or two on a daylily bloom, Black Plush is likely to give you that.

I also find Black Plush's form to be rather appealing. It's an older bloom and looks like the older spider forms, but the fact that it's near-black instead of orange or yellow makes it appear more modern than it is.

Black Plush is a good pollen parent, but a rather poor pod parent for hybridizing.

Interesting point of note: I won a best in category (small blooms) award at a local show for Black Plush one year.

Overall: I would definitely recommend Black Plush to anyone interested in unusual form daylilies, dark daylilies, or even just daylilies in general. It isn't in my list of top five favorites in my garden, but it is definitely a daylily that I don't intend to get rid of.


Edited to fix a naming mishap on my part.
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Name: Susan Ridder
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LilySue
Dec 14, 2016 6:36 AM CST
I've had "Black Plush" for many years. I love this daylily for it's color, form and overall performance. Throughout the years I've added hundreds of daylilys and took many out for different reasons. But "Black Plush" will always be a keeper for me.
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Name: Ken
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CaliFlowers
Dec 20, 2016 4:58 PM CST
About 25 years ago I attended a regional meeting in Northern California, and one of the tour gardens was at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, near Chico. One of the resident monks was an AHS member and enthusiast, and had used daylilies to great effect in the landscape. Unfortunately, the tour commenced around noon on a 105º day, and on almost every daylily, even the pastels, the flowers had collapsed and were hanging like wet tissue. Amidst this daylily tour disaster, Black Plush was standing tall, holding both substance and color, with a velvety finish which made an impression on everyone who saw it. I've grown it ever since, and it never disappoints.
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Frillylily
Jan 11, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Can anyone say how this compares to American Revolution in performance or color?
Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jan 11, 2018 4:36 PM CST
Frillylily said:Can anyone say how this compares to American Revolution in performance or color?

Sorry. I'm not familiar with American Revolution, Lily.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 11, 2018 4:53 PM CST
@GaNinFl,
I think you have both of these (Black Plush and American Revolution), have you had them both enough to compare the two? It might not be a lot of help to Frillylily due to the zone differences though.
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Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Jan 12, 2018 9:32 AM CST
Unfortunately, I only have American Revolution. Which, didn't do so well last year.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 12, 2018 2:21 PM CST
Stan
Sorry, I thought for sure you had 'Black Plush" also, now I think I had it confused with 'Night Wings'.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jul 5, 2018 7:12 PM CST
This is the second summer that Black Plush has grown in my garden, and I am very happy with it. The flowers are small but their color is consistently a lovely velvety, saturated black-red without blotches. The scapes do not need to be staked.
Carol H. Sandt

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