Daylilies forum: Why do my buds have "hoods"?

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Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 20, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Most of my scapes this year are coming up with extra leaves sort of capping or hooding the buds. I don't remember this happening in previous years and it is on a lot of my scapes. Here are some examples...

On Lurch...
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On Fancy Face...
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On Boca Raton...

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And Culmination...

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That's just some of them. Almost every scape has this going on. Anyone else see this or know why this is happening?

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Name: Julie
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May 20, 2017 5:47 PM CST
Some plants just are formed like this! I call them cobras - love them!
Name: Char
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May 20, 2017 6:05 PM CST


Smiling I've always called them cobra heads too. The leaves are called bracts. They form on the scape where there is a growing point which has the potential to develop into a branch as the scape grows out. Proliferations can also grow from this area. Bracts are a good thing to see in developing scapes Thumbs up

Here is the AHS Dictionary definition for Bract.
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
Daylilies Region: Missouri Garden Photography
May 20, 2017 6:36 PM CST
Wow! That's good to hear. Maybe it means that most of my daylilies are going to get even better...and maybe some proliferations! I was just curious since it is happening in plants I've had for 3 years and have never seen them before.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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May 20, 2017 7:26 PM CST
I think it is a sign your plants are maturing and will be getting better, I know some of my plants have taken a full three years to show some of their better features. I think you have a lot to look forward to this season!
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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May 23, 2017 4:08 AM CST
Amber. I was surprised the past year too, because the first year my daylilies didn't show that. The second year with massive blooming I noted leaves, bracts, proliferations. I too think it's a sign of a mature plant with lots of energy.
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