August 24, 2017

Shades of Shades

Hemerocallis 'Tuxedo Moon'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Hemerocallis ‘Tuxedo Moon’

Hemerocallis ‘Tuxedo Moon’ is among the thousands of cultivars introduced over the past few decades, this one in 1989. Hardy to Zone 4, this day lily can grow between 2 and 3 feet tall, with blossoms exceeding 4 inches in width. Interestingly, the color on ‘Tuxedo Moon’ is described as everything from purple to violet to lavender to maroon, which makes one wonder what causes that. This shot from Mark Uchneat has us leaning into maroon territory. As a cultivar, ‘Tuxedo Moon’ is a patented variety, with a plant number and everything, and comes with this intelligence: “Trophytaker® Daylilies must pass a stringent series of tests, proving themselves to be more beautiful, longer blooming, hardy, vigorous and pest resistant than average varieties.”

Day Lily Week fact: There are over 60,000 registered cultivars. Hybridizers have developed the vast majority of cultivars within the last 100 years. The large-flowered, bright yellow Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’, introduced in the 1920s, heralded a return to gardens of the once-dismissed day lily, and is still widely available in the nursery trade. – From Wikipedia