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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Apr 27, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Black Falcon Ritual' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2005 by Hanson-C..

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2009

This plant can be found in our Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Falcon Ritual') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Falcon Ritual')
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Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Apr 27, 2018 6:55 PM CST
I added Black Falcon Ritual in the spring of '16, and it bloomed for me for the first time in '17. What I like best about this plant is the contrast of the bright chartreuse throat and the dark curly, ruffled petals and sepals.

Pictures of BFR are all over the board. Some are really sensational. In my garden, it's a deep, deep red-purple with a subtle watermark that can have a bluer look to it.

Since it's so new to my garden, I'll leave the performance appraisals to some of the others out there. I can say it has been adding about 1 fan per year for me, so not a great increaser in my zone, yet.

Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Apr 27, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Vigorous and striking in the garden. Always reliable. Not 38 inches here. More like 29-30. Also not 8 inches. More like 6-7. This picture is a closeup, so looks larger than reality.

Name: Chuck
northern IL. (Zone 5a)
Apr 28, 2018 8:10 AM CST
Love this daylily, put on a good show and even sent up some late scapes, Got to it's 38" here in northern IL. Moved it to the east side of the house where it will get some afternoon shade so it won't fafe to bad and hold that nice color of the blooms
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Apr 28, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Black Falcon Ritual is beginning its sixth season here. It has always done well--the flowers are very striking. It is in shade for nearly all the morning, and then gets the worst of the hot afternoon sun, but still holds up pretty well. The scapes will be somewhere around 28" on average with perhaps a 6-7" inch flower on a good day, and I could only speculate that it would reach the registered stats if it had more sun in the morning.

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Black Falcon Ritual May 23 2017
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer Hostas
Apr 28, 2018 10:07 AM CST
I have been admiring this one for a couple of years. I guess it is time to get it.

David (zone 5)
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
Apr 28, 2018 9:48 PM CST
Thank you all above for the descriptive posts. I tip my hat to you.
BFR is another one I got last fall and am now really excited to see. Edited- I mistook Black Fathom Depths for Black Falcon Ritual. i ordered BFR over the winter, waiting for it to arrive *doh!*
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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Apr 28, 2018 11:59 PM CST
It is very good here in zone 6b. around 36 inches with 7 inch bloom.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Sep 30, 2018 1:50 PM CST
This was the 1st year for Black Falcon Ritual in my garden, so not surprising scapes were not as tall. It did not have a lot of blooms but they were all large and perfect. I expect it to do much better next year.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Sep 9, 2019 8:20 PM CST
Just wanted to note that 2019 BFR improved greatly in its 2nd year. The fans look much larger, scapes were the registered height. Flowers were about 7", and plenty of blooms. Another year or so when the plant clumps up more, it is going to be stunning.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
May 25, 2020 5:04 PM CST
I did get this one in 2018 and did not see it bloom until last year, 2019. Was way prettier than I expected it to be, and I loved the way the white rib stood out. I wish I had taken better stats in 2019. I moved to a new location, so I'll have new info to post with bloom season. My notes so far this year say that BFR has put up 4 fans.

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