Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Evening Enchantment

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dec 28, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Evening Enchantment' is a evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1995 by Grace Stamile. See Grace (and husband, Pat's) website for information about the daylilies they grow in Arroyo Grande, CA:

For more information about Grace (and Pat), read Char's thread: The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Patrick and Grace Stamile" in Daylilies forum

Evening Enchantment is a an early to mid-season extended bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2001 AHS award. It is listed as both pod and pollen fertile with currently 35 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Evening Enchantment')
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Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Dec 28, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Vivid purple with large contrasting throat. Reliable evergreen here. Would prefer it to be a few inches taller.

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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Dec 29, 2016 4:01 PM CST
This is probably a good solid daylily in places with cooler summers then mine. I was trialing it against Bela Lugosi to see how it performed in our area and there really wasn't much difference in heat tolerance between Evening Enchantment and Bela Lugosi. The first picture below is Evening Enchantment as it looked at 8 in the evening in a temperature of 99 degrees. It is located in an area that is protected from late afternoon sun, so has not been out in the open all day. I'm sure it would have looked worse with all day direct exposure. As you can see the petals have lost color in some areas. I've also included a picture of Bela Lugosi on the same day, grown in similar circumstances. As you can see the petals on Bela also are having problems. In my situation Bela remains mainly because it has larger blooms. .....Maryl

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Bela Lugosi:

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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Dec 29, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Bela Lugosi is to my mind a superior cultivar, more vigorous, larger, taller. It is very difficult to find purples that could be called "sunfast," though some are clearly worse than others. Your conditions are especially demanding.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Dec 30, 2016 5:48 PM CST
I love Evening Enchantment, even though it is a bit smaller & shorter than Bela Lugosi, not significantly so. something about the shape of the blooms really appeals to me. Evening Enchantment starts blooming a week or so before Bela, although they seem to finish about the same time. I have thought about getting rid of one of them, but just like them both so much can't seem to do it.

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