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

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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)
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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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:

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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!

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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)
Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
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:


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)
Dec 21, 2018 4:08 PM CST
I've never seen a real honest to goodness blue flower other than in Delphiniums.

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