Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Chief Four Fingers

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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'Chief Four Fingers' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 2002 by Roberts-N..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2010

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chief Four Fingers') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chief Four Fingers')
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Feb 21, 2018 6:50 PM CST
I just purchased this plant on April 7th 2017. It did actually bloom in July of 2017 but the bloom was very splotchy, I think there were only a few buds on the plant this year. I moved the plant on Sept. 15 2017, but I only had to move it back about a foot, don't think that will have a huge effect on it this year.
It looks like the chief had more than four fingers this time!
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Feb 21, 2018 8:38 PM CST
Splotchy blooms that didn't open right and melted half way through the day, ended up not keeping it.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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Feb 21, 2018 9:02 PM CST
Got this one this summer and other than it settled in niclely, I don't have much to report on it yet. Like everyone else in the nrthern hemisphere, I'm waiting for spring...
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Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Feb 22, 2018 6:07 AM CST
A gift plant, that I gladly added to a Native American Heritage bed, it is struggling to hang on in my location. However, i don't think it is the Chief's fault. The entire bed will be moved this year to a new location in the landscape.

Crossing Fingers! it and all the others improves.
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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
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Feb 22, 2018 12:45 PM CST
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first year to have this and only bloom captured, not sure what percentage polys, was concerned that it would be Chief Forked Tongue, but at least this flower was a poly. Will know more in about four months. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Feb 23, 2018 4:42 PM CST
I think I commented about this one in the database, but C4F (Chief Four Fingers) has had a low poly rate for me. I think one year it had two polys, a four-petal and a five-petal. The 5-petal poly was pretty impressive. So far, the plant hasn't had any spectacular traits, but it is pretty enough and I consider it a keeper. I doubt it will ever make my list of top favorites, but not every daylily can.

I believe I have been able to successfully pollenize with it as well as set pods in it, but no noteworthy characteristics on pollination or podding rates that I recall. If anything, maybe a little below average, but I would have to double check my records.

Now, to be fair, C4F has never been 'settled in' in my garden, and won't be for a few more years, I'm sure. I'll be re-planting it this year (if it survived the winter in it's pot). It might be a far more distinguished and noteworthy plant once settled.

(I'm zone 5b or 6a, depending what graph you go off of.)
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Feb 25, 2018 12:31 PM CST
I have used this plant in hybridizing for polys since 2005 and continue to do so. It's seedlings are usually polys and some throw 5x5 blooms. I think of a burgundy band as its trademark. I've seen it on every seedling I've grown from the Chief. The plant grows moderately well, not as fast as some but it hangs in there. Considering how many times deer have eaten mine to the ground that's saying a lot. I heartily recommend it.

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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Mar 18, 2018 7:42 PM CST
Chief Four Fingers is planted amongst a gang of asters here. Relocation is in the cards. The Chief polys about forty percent of the time despite its location.
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