Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Holly Dancer

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Dec 22, 2017 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Holly Dancer' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1988 by Warrell.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 2007
Honorable Mention: 2004
HOS: 2006

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Holly Dancer') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Holly Dancer')
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Dec 22, 2017 6:13 PM CST
I planted Holly Dancer purchased from Sterrett Gardens in Virginia in August 2017 and I am look forward to seeing it bloom for the first time in 2018.
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Dec 22, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Holly Dancer always catches your eye. One of my favorite reds. It's a great increaser and blooms a LOT for me. I've had to divide it a couple times now.

Last year (2016) I planted some seedling from Holly Dancer. Here are the 2017 first year blooms.


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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Dec 22, 2017 9:06 PM CST
Bought this one this summer and she settled in nicely. My childhood and forever bestie is Holly, so this one is for her. Can't wait to see it bloom next summer....
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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
mantisOH
Dec 22, 2017 10:15 PM CST
It's vigorous and blooms well. However, it has been short of the registered height here. Not in a prime location. Not a favorite here, as I prefer a taller plant with larger blooms; and usually like UFs rather than spiders. But it produces a mass of blooms.




Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Legalily
Dec 22, 2017 10:34 PM CST
I have a grandchildren garden where each of the grandchildren have picked their own daylilies. Since our dog Holly can't pick her own daylily I got Holly Dancer for the dog and put it in the grandchildren garden Hilarious!
Bloomed for the first time this summer and the blooms were beautiful with strong colors that didn't fade in the heat. Can't wait to see how it does next summer Thumbs up
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Frillylily
Dec 23, 2017 10:22 AM CST
This blooms short for me, in the foliage sometimes. It increases rapidly and forms a thick clump. I ended up parting with it.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 23, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Holly Dancer has done well here. It has been here for several years. Blooms are always bright and cheery. Very floriferous in my garden.
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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hillbilly
Dec 23, 2017 2:20 PM CST
A beautiful red color and a good plant.It has never bloomed short here. around 30 inches I would guess.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Dec 24, 2017 9:04 PM CST
'Holly Dancer' has been reliable and RED. It's not tall, but the blooms are well above the foliage here. I suspect the plant itself would prefer a bit cooler climate than it gets here, but it manages. It seems to be a true dormant and is one of the later plants to actively grow in the spring, but it also blooms later in the season. I've grown out a few seedlings from unknown parents. So far those have produced much taller scapes than HD.
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Bedmaker
Dec 24, 2017 10:49 PM CST
Holly Dancer is a reliable plant for me. It usually reaches it 30 inches and it is not in the best spots in the garden. Blooms are consistent. It is a nice clear red color.

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Name: Elle200
Oregon (Zone 9a)
Elle200
Dec 30, 2017 10:39 AM CST
[quote="petruske"]
Holly Dancer always catches your eye. One of my favorite reds. It's a great increaser and blooms a LOT for me. I've had to divide it a couple times now. Last year (2016) I planted some seedling from Holly Dancer. Here are the 2017 first year blooms.

**Is the YELLOW with the PURPLE star in the center also a Holly Dancer? Confused about that one. I'd like to know what it is if not a Holly Dancer. It's lovely.** (I'm new at the this system so I may not be doing this rely thing correctly.)

[Last edited by Elle100 - Dec 30, 2017 10:41 AM (+)]
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 31, 2017 9:38 AM CST
@Elle100 you forgot the pictures
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jan 4, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Elle100 said:[quote="petruske"]
**Is the YELLOW with the PURPLE star in the center also a Holly Dancer? Confused about that one. I'd like to know what it is if not a Holly Dancer. It's lovely.** (I'm new at the this system so I may not be doing this rely thing correctly.)


The two top blooms (on each page) are the Pod and Pollen parents.

This picture shows Holly Dancer first (pod parent) and Marked by Lydia second (pollen parent) That's the yellow one with the purple star/chevrons). The seedling from this combination is shown below those two pictures.
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This picture shows Holly Dancer first (pod parent) and Trahlyta second (pollen parent). The seedlings from this combination are shown below those two pictures.
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