Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Cherry Eyed Pumpkin

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

'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1991 by Kirchhoff-D..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 1995

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin')
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Dec 13, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Well, I got rid of mine this summer, but let's see what I can recall.

It wasn't growing in the best of conditions (a lot of shade), but it definitely was an early to extra early bloomer. The foliage was a nice green, and I don't recall ever seeing rust on it.

I don't believe that I ever saw it rebloom (as in, have its normal early bloom and then later bloom). Last year was a curiosity, though, as I don't recall seeing it bloom during its normal early bloom time, but it did bloom later on in the summer. Confused

So, why did I get rid of it? Basically, gold or golden yellow with orange (or red) eye (and/or edge) is far from a favorite color combination of mine. (In fact, the only close color-combo exceptions that are still in my garden are 'April Fools', 'Sir Clyde', and the recent acquisition of 'Oktoberfest', but there are good reasons for that, Whistling plus their blooms are more attractive (to me) than those of 'Cherry Eyed Pumpkin' (YMMV).) That color combination, plus the unexciting form (the plant is older, therefore the blooms are somewhat lacking in the ruffling and rounder form that many more modern daylilies have), got it the boot. It was great that its bloom was early/earlier, it was great that thus far the foliage has been healthy, but the blooms (compared to other daylilies in my garden) simply weren't much to get excited about or to look forward to.


That said, what did I turn around and buy later last season? A child plant: 'Tropical Heat Wave'. Rolling on the floor laughing (Go figure.... but that, at least, is more of an overall orange with slightly darker eye, and orange was what I was in a buying mood for.)

from father, to daughter:

(It should be noted, though, that the daughter plant did not get put back into that same garden location. Instead, that bed was re-purposed as a tall bearded iris bed, with 3 tall UF daylilies placed behind the irises, none of which have eyes.)
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Dec 15, 2016 3:08 PM CST
I planted Cherry Eyed Pumpkin at the end of April last spring. I received it as a "freebie" as it didn't sell at the local plant sale. It's in the ground and seems to be growing fine, but it never had a chance to bloom last summer. We shall see how the winter treats it! Like Marilyn, it's not one of my favorite color combos, but if it bloms to size (5.75"), that could change my mind. Next spring will be what I will call a first year for Cherry Eyed Pumpkin since it didn't have a full season last year.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Dec 15, 2016 4:18 PM CST
If I recall correctly, the blooms were a good size. And while I was not always "out there" (in the "Back 40") to closely monitor the clump, I don't recall the blooms having any problems opening (and our weather can be problematic for that in the EE-E and even EM part of the season).

Still, regardless of the size or not... I am picky about which daylilies I purchase, and which of those get to stay in the garden. I suspect that many daylily people would find my "collection" of daylilies utterly boring, because of my particular tastes.

The daylilies in my garden have to serve a garden purpose and fit with all of the other plants to make a harmonious whole. No harmony (color, disease, poor bloom opening, lack of performance) = no space in my garden. And that particular color combo is one that is very hard to pleasingly place in the garden. My garden, anyway. It's a loud and raucous color combination, and I am (mostly) striving for a serene and peaceful garden experience. There are only so many spots that I can place bold colors like reds, oranges, and golds, where they will be an asset and not be a jarring or disruptive presence. (In that color vein, the "selfs", and maybe daylilies with eyes of the same general color (only darker) work best.)

If you can find a good placement for it, you may like it.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Dec 17, 2016 10:58 PM CST
I found the color a bit dull, but it grew well.
Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
Dec 30, 2016 2:42 PM CST
“Cherry Eyed Pumpkin” has only been with me for a couple years so I can’t fully evaluate it yet. However I have noticed good vigor from it so far, going from a two-fan planting to a nice 8-fan clump already.

A majority of my daylilies had a problem with spring-sickness and rust this spring. According to my notes CEP was above average in showing resistance.

One reason I bought it was for its extra early bloom time, but for me so far it has not bloomed very early—more like early-mid to mid-season.

I am intrigued by its potential for producing frilly or even toothy-edged children, presumably because of its parent “Yuma”.

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