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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Dec 20, 2018 12:20 PM CST
I was looking for some Daylilies that would compliment my beautiful yellow Daylilies when I stumbled across several Daylilies with the word "blue" in the name. My first thought was is this the same blue that breeders use to describe the so called blue dahlias?

So, of course I googled it. Way up on the hit list were Daylilies from Gossard. He even has a special page listing all of his blue Daylilies. Some of those that have cream color selfs actually look like they have some blue eyes or rings or whatever...

Then I remembered I had Daylily Prairie Blue eyes. I remembered the name, just not the color:)

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So, my question is, are blue Daylilies for real, and if so, what is the best "blue" daylily?
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Dec 20, 2018 1:06 PM CST
Nope. No blue daylilies yet. If, and when, someone creates one, all the blue names will have been used up. I read that somewhere.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Dec 20, 2018 1:32 PM CST
I have a few that claim to be blue, all older varieties. I think maybe temps or other factors may affect the blueness. My Missippii Blues daylily looked more blue than I have ever seen it this year, very blue some days. I have had it 4 or 5 years now and never seen it look so blue. I will see if I kept any photos and post later, on my phone now and no photos here.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Dec 20, 2018 3:32 PM CST
Frank, I suggest you check out Dan Hansen's daylilies at Ladybug Daylilies. There are no true blue daylilies yet, of course, but he has a couple that have quite a bit of blue coloring in the eyezones. I've ordered his new SHARPLY FOCUSED for 2019, and I remember that Paul Lewis noted in his July 2017 video that he thought Dan's TESSA ANN was the bluest daylily to date.

Also, Guy Pierce (Floyd Cove) and Dan Trimmer have introduced a couple that have some great baby blue tones in the eye patterns.

I agree that temperatures/weather can really affect the blue tones because one year one bloom of mine will really have a bluish area in the eyezone and the next it won't - oh well... Here are a few of mine that had a bloom that looked quite bluish to me:

TET OUT OF THE BLUE
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TUSCANY SKIES
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OCEAN LOTUS
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And of course the blue tones really seem to improve in the shade. I just wish every bloom on these daylilies looked like these... Sighing!

Betty
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Dec 20, 2018 4:15 PM CST
These are the blue shades that I go by when comparing blue colors from other flowers.

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Here is my bluest daylily, Elfin Blues.


A seedling with a blue eye
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Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Lyshack
Dec 20, 2018 5:20 PM CST
So far all I've seen are blue eyes, but I was checking out Chad Bush' 2019 introductions and saw this:

https://colorfulchaosdaylily.w...

I think this is a color changer because he mentions he's working on that on another page, or it might be like Elfin Blues but the blue eye pushes out all the way to the tips of the petals.

Not exactly a Virginia Blue Bell or a Forget Me Not, but I'm definitely seeing some blue shades in there.
Name: Jerry
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
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Jpari
Dec 21, 2018 4:08 PM CST
I've never seen a real honest to goodness blue flower other than in Delphiniums.
Medford, WI (Zone 3b)
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Strigeidida
Oct 19, 2021 11:28 AM CST
Forget-me-nots, Heavenly Blue morning glories, and Himalayan blue poppies. For orchids, there are the Thelymitras, also known as the sun orchids. This is crinita:

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Picture's not mine, sorry! I just can't afford the airfare to Australia. Sighing!

Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Zoia
Oct 19, 2021 2:40 PM CST
Of course, Hydrangeas too

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The bluest thing I have in Daylilies, is once again, the Eye of Greywoods Chasin' the Blues

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But it really is more of an electric lavender…
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Oct 19, 2021 11:21 PM CST
And there are scores of beautiful blue iris... Thumbs up I was really into iris until the daylily craze consumed me, and these were some of my very favorite blues:

BAJA BLUE


YAQUINA BLUE
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BUBBLING WAVES
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ADRIATIC WAVES
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MARBELLA
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HAWAIIAN RAIN
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CLOUDBASE
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Betty
Name: Justine
Maryville, Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Hembrain
Oct 20, 2021 8:34 AM CST
Gorgeous, folks! Blue flowers really compliment the warm shades in the garden. A true blue is so soothing. Here's Clarke's Heavenly Blue Morning Glory in a year that the frost didn't get to it first:
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With DLs, I alternate between the viewpoint "well, it's actually SORT OF blue" and "to have blue in the name is totally ridiculous! We should insert the word orchid or purple to replace blue. Truth in advertising!" I love all the blue-purple ones and want them all, so in the end it feels like splitting hairs.

Some favorite orchids:

Pewter lake


Blue Dolphin
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Carolina Cool Down


Some blue-purple eyes of note:

The Colorado Kid


Blue Vibrations


Color Me There


Blue Jay Tapestry


Just A MIrage


And glorious darker blue-purples:

Royal Girls


Lavender Blue Planet


Alone Again


See? No self-control for bluish daylilies, even when it's only pictures! Cutting myself off now...

Okay, after "Move Over" Hilarious!


And Michael Bennett


And Aileen's Rainbow


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Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
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plasko20
Oct 20, 2021 9:05 AM CST
I did see this cool "blue-ish" tie-dye daylily yesterday: "Azure Ocean Dreams" (Bush, 2021)
But you need a lottery win to purchase it.
https://colorfulchaosdaylily.w...

Edited to add - just noticed this may be the same link Lyshack posted (although his link did not work for me, so I cannot tell).
Gardening: So exciting I wet my plants!
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Name: Greg Bogard
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a)
Sscape
Oct 20, 2021 3:58 PM CST
The only way they will make a daylily flower entirely blue would be to expand the blue eyes that we now have to extend out to the edges of the petals and sepals. I am content with the blue eyes that I have. Just twenty years ago I thought we would never have even this.
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Mystic Butterfly
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Blue Desire
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Blue Wrangler
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Delta Blues
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Karelia
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Mexicali Beat
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Patterns In Time
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 20, 2021 5:11 PM CST
H. 'Doyle Pierce' is described as, "lavender with blue watermark and blue gold double edge above green throat". I almost pitched this one because I have had it several years and it didn't impress me. Still on the fence about it, but it did better this year. The pollen parent is Tet. Lavender Blue Baby.
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Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Oct 20, 2021 5:49 PM CST
Strigeidida ,Betty and Zoia, love the blue flowers that you all posted! Hope we can get a daylily someday that is as blue as all your flowers.

Greg and Justine, your collection of orchids and blue eyed daylilies are beautiful and impressive! Justine, Just a Mirage and Aileen's Rainbow are my favorites. Greg, Blue Wrangler and Delta Blues are gorgeous.

alilyfan said:I have a few that claim to be blue, all older varieties. I think maybe temps or other factors may affect the blueness. My Missippii Blues daylily looked more blue than I have ever seen it this year, very blue some days. .
I agree with Nancy. The blue color on some of my eyed daylilies are more intense during the morning and in some years bluer than normal.

Since I last posted in 2018, I had added a few blue eyed daylilies. In spite of having blue in their names, they are still in no way near the shade of blue as the blue flowers posted in previous posts. Still very lovely though.

Spacecoast Blue Bayou
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Blue Dream
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These old ones have been pretty consistent in producing blued eyed flowers.
Pinwheel Princess
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Stenciled Infusion
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Angel Love
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Oct 20, 2021 11:52 PM CST
I just remembered another one where the eye can look quite blue at times, although it seems to be a little more blue-grey.

BLUE DARLING - A little one



Betty
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 21, 2021 7:15 AM CST
That's a cute one, Betty!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Celeste
central New Hampshire (Zone 4b)
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celestialrose
Oct 21, 2021 7:15 AM CST

Lavender Blue Planet

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Baby Blue Eyes

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Arnold's Daughter


Smurfette


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Claudine's Charm



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Michael Bennett

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Windows of Heaven



There's A Place (blue eyezone)

While there are no truly BLUE daylilies, these will show blue tones in the cooler weather in my New Hampshire garden.
I do have a couple of my own seedlings which show some blue in the eyezone (even though I don't hybridize for blue):




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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 21, 2021 7:22 AM CST
Azure Butterfly (Stamile, 2009) can be pretty, but as mentioned, the amount of blue depends on the weather -
height 31 in.(79 cm), bloom 4 in.(10 cm), season M, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 45 buds, 6 branches, Cream with blue eye and edge above green throat. (((Sheerwater Blues × sdlg) × Tet. Crystal Blue Persuasion) × Cosmic Odyssey)


Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 21, 2021 7:24 AM CST
Those are awesome, Celeste! I love the washed blue eye on the first picture of your seedlings.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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