Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Penny's Worth

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 30, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Penny's Worth' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1987 by Hager.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 1991

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Penny's Worth') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Penny's Worth')
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 30, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Penny's Worth is an early-mid in my garden. In fact, it just sent up it's first blooms of the season 2-3 days ago. It has only been in my garden 2 years, but it has established a very nice clump with very grassy-looking, dark-green leaves that are very pretty, and the cute little yellow flowers make a great ornamental. This is a highly decorative plant and, because the blooms are smaller, the spent buds don't look sloppy. which makes for a cleaner look once it's blooming period takes off.

Penny's worth is both pod and pollen fertile in my garden. The small blooms make for small pods, though, and only a few seeds. That's not entirely a bad thing, but just know that, unlike many dips that go gangbusters with seed production, this one will only produce a few for you. It's cute though.

I never thought I would like a smaller flower (I'm a BIG bloom sort of person)...and it's just a little lemon yellow-colored daylily, no less...but I do really like it and I definitely will not be getting rid of it any time soon. Adorableness has its place.

Be aware that sometimes it does bloom in the foliage. Some people consider this a major flaw, but the blooms are still bright and visible and, for me, it doesn't detract from the beauty of the plant. Sometimes tall scapes with just a few blooms looks awkward. There's something to be said for a brightly-polka-dotted 'bush' of a daylily.

It does make for a nice daylily and, although I don't use it much in my hybridizing plan, I do love it for and recommend it for an ornamental grassy-looking plant. Better than just plain ornamental grasses, if you ask me!
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 30, 2017 6:31 PM CST
I just re-read my comment on Penny's Worth that I wrote and submitted a year or so ago, and it said that it was a later bloom in my garden, so I suppose that all I can say is that it is finicky in my garden and blooms when it darn well pleases! Hilarious!
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 30, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Penny's Worth grows like crazy here in my Wisconsin garden. Dnd said it right with "nice clump with very grassy-looking, dark-green leaves that are very pretty". It grows like "grass" for me. I often cut a chunk out to give to friends and in no time, it fills in. It is a pretty little thing. Nice for borders. I do have some seedlings from it in my garden right now. I don't think they will bloom this year. But even as a seedling, it's multiplying like "grass". It's a cutie. Smiling
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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judydu2
Jun 30, 2017 8:03 PM CST
It is not a dormant that can withstand conditions of the deep south. I grew it for one season - it did not return for the second. The year it was here, I enjoyed the blooms immensely. It's a real cutie!
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jul 1, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I love Penny's Worth. It has been in my northern garden for over 20 years. It is the first daylily to bloom in my garden, in fact, it is already blooming now. I think that is early, even for this cultivar, but it may be all of the rain we have been getting this spring, encouraging it along.

I have started seedlings from bee pods with Penny's Worth, but they have not bloomed yet. As mentioned, the foliage on the seedlings is very tiny.

It is a pretty little daylily for the front of a border.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 11, 2018 7:30 PM CST
Updating with a seedling of PW X unknown. Seedling planted in 2016. This is its first bloom.

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