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AS OF 2012, ALL PRICING ON THIS PAGE IS OBSOLTE. THE NEW (LOWER) PRICES CAN BE FOUND IN THE DAYLILIES-AS-SORTED BY COLOR PAGES.




Tetraploid Daylilies.   Tetraploid daylilies have double the usual number of chromosomes (i.e. 44), as compared to "dilploid" daylilies, which only have 22 pairs.  The extra genetic material leads to larger plant cells, and larger plant organs and foliage. However this is accompanied by greater genetic complexity, and less dramatic change between generations, if one is not using converted diploids in ones work.  Over the next few years, we will be introducing many tetraploids from our breeding programs.  These are particularly noteworthy among the reds, the oranges, the yellows, and the eyed cultivars, which are the breeding programs we have emphasized, and from where our best results have come.

Richmond Daylilies is pleased to offer into commerce for the first time the following eight Tetraploid daylilies.  They are representative of some of the best that came out of the beginnings of my most-emphasized initial tetraploid lines, in the Reds, Oranges, and Eyed programs   All are "First Generation" crosses.  Future years will increasingly feature the output of some of the other programs, and later generations of my own lines..





Overview of our Spring 2011 Tetraploid Daylily Introductions.

AN EYEFUL OF GOLD                                        Price:  $80.00

BRICKLAYER                                                     Price:  $80.00

BURNS ALL DAY                                                Price:  $80.00

CREPES SUZETTE                                              Price:  $50.00

FLAME OF TRILITHON                                       Price:  $100.00

RUBELLITE                                                        Price:  $100.00

SMALL SLAM IN HEARTS                                  Price:  $80.00

WATERMELON TOURMALINE                            Price:  $100.00









In the descriptions below, plant size is indicated in the format BLOOM DIAMETER X PETAL WIDTH X SCAPE HEIGHT, all given in inches, and as grown here in Virginia.  Results may vary elsewhere.


AN EYEFUL OF GOLD

AN EYEFUL OF GOLD  (Paine, 2010)    Dormant Tetraploid, Midseason to Later Midseason, 5” X 2.5” X 40”, can have up to 5-way branching. Excellent Substance and Very Fragrant.  Formerly seedling TEg/cr 95-43 [93TO-83 #2], widely used in breeding with good results.  Parentage: HAZEL (Webster) X BLACK EYED SUSAN (Stevens).  A beautiful vibrant color combination. Bright gold with a "Harvard" crimson eyezone.

AN EYEFUL OF GOLD                                        Price:  $80.00




BRICKLAYER 


Another one of the "looks" of BRICKLAYER.


BRICKLAYER  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Tetraploid,  Midseason.  4.25 X 2.5 X 24” Formerly Seedling TR 95-124  [93TR-249 #6]  Parentage RED ROO (Mavis Smith) X BAMA BOUND (Richard Webster). This is a brick red, hence the name.  Slight Fragrance, and Ultra-Heavy Substance, which I usually describe as “leathery”.  Can be well branched. One of a handful of worthy results from my early large breeding program for red tetraploids, which produced thousands of seedlings.

BRICKLAYER                                                     Price:  $80.00






BURNS ALL DAY 

BURNS ALL DAY  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Tetraploid, Midseason to late Midseason.  5.5 X 2 3/8 X 37” Good substance, moderate fragrance.   Formerly Seedling: TO 95-47  [92TO-29 #2], Parentage: MENDED HEART (Sarah Sikes) X ALABAMA JUBILEE (Richard Webster).  A brilliant vibrant color. Interestingly, the petal width is somewhat variable, from a fairly narrow star to the width you see here.  We are uncertain as to whether water or night-temperature is responsible for this.  Very fertile both ways and used heavily with good result.

BURNS ALL DAY                                                Price:  $80.00





CREPES SUZETTE

CREPES SUZETTE  (Paine, 2010)   Evergreen to Semievergreen Hardy Tetraploid.   Late Midseason.  5.5 X 2 3/8 X 32-33”  Excellent substance and very fragrant. Formerly Seedling   TO 95-72  [93TO-27 #2]; Parentage. HARVEST HUE (Bryant Millikan) X John Benz Seedling: FIRE KING X NEON FLAME  This last was a fiery red-orange that has been the underpinning of my best orange lines.  John Benz let all of it go for 5 dollars (Big Mistake!)  Fertile both ways. (?)   Named for one of my Favorite Desserts.  I make the Gaston LeNotre variation which stuffs the Crepes with orange-infused vanilla pastry cream.   CREPES SUZETTE has very bulbous roots that are extremely easy to divide.

CREPES SUZETTE                                              Price:  $50.00





FLAME OF TRILITHON


FLAME OF TRILITHON, showing three-fold rotational symmetry with respect to petal overlap: over/under. over/under. over/under, in cyclic permutation.


FLAME OF TRILITHON, showing the alternative mode of petal overlap: over/under, over/over. under/under (in cyclic permuation).


FLAME OF TRILITHON  (Paine, 2010)   Hardy Semievergreen to Evergreen Tetraploid, Late Midseason to Late. 5 to 5/38 X 2 ¼ X 32 inches. Leathery substance that holds well in the sun.   Formerly seedling: 93TO-4 #1  [TO 97-25], Parentage: LELA BELLE HOWARD (Lola Branham) X John Benz Seedling FIRE KING X NEON FLAME   Fertile both ways and an important parent in my orange lines.  Occasionally sets proliferations.  Short fat bulbous roots, easily divided.   Long a personal favorite, this one is Priced at $100.00  One of the glories of our late season garden, taking nearly a month to bloom out.  The bloom will still be opening when you get up at Dawn to inspect your garden.

FLAME OF TRILITHON                                       Price:  $100.00


As explained in the diploids section, under EYE ON TRILTHON  (and repeated verbatim here):

"Trilithon" is in reference to the road this hybridizer lives on, in the Salisbury subdivision of Midlothian, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  It was a conceit of the developers of Salisbury to name all of the roads in the subdivision for streets in Salisbury, England.  Other than its Cathedral, Salisbury is most noted for nearby Stonehenge, of which a trilithon happens to be a component.  Better understood if written Tri-Lithon, the word means 'Three Rocks" in ancient Greek, and it consists of two vertical boulders and a cross-piece, to create a crude neolithic arch.  A further irony is that the name is highly appropriate for a daylily person who also happens to be a fanatical mineral collector.  However, the collection consists of rather more than three rocks...  Daylily people definitely need to keep an eye on Trilithon.



RUBELLITE 


RUBELLITE   (Paine, 2010)    Dormant Tetraploid, Late Midseason,   5 X 2 1/8 X 33 inches.  Top-branched, Excellent Substance, Fragrant.   Formerly Seedling   TR 95-115   [93TR-150 #2]. Parentage. RED VELVET FUR (Oakes) X BAMA BOUND (Richard Webster).  BAMA BOUND proved to be a great parent, and a major influence on my red tetraploid lines.  This is at least pollen fertile, and parent of some of my better future reds.   The name is from mineralogy/gemology.  Rubellite is the red variety of Tourmaline, found in places like Maine or California, or further afield in Brazil, etc.  This daylily person also happens to be a mineral person.  Priced at $100.00  (I would have wanted $200 had the bud-count been higher).  Like its namesake gemstone, in somewhat shorter supply than most of our introductions.

RUBELLITE                                                        Price:  $100.00





SMALL SLAM IN HEARTS

SMALL SLAM IN HEARTS  (Paine, 2010)   Dormant Tetraploid, Late Midseason to Late blooming,  4 X 1 7/8 X 33 inches; Good Substance and Fragrant. Formerly Seedling; TR 96-86  [93TR-19 #2/8], Parentage. FIRE OF HELL (Bryant Millikan) X BAMA BOUND (Richard Webster).  Definitely pod fertile, and a parent of nice things.   The name has a Bridge connotation.  I used to play a lot of cards before I discovered gardening.  (Gardening naturally followed once I bought my first - and only - home.  Soon thereafter there was no more time for the sedentary activity of competitive duplicate bridge.)  If the bloom had been larger, Grand Slam in Hearts would have been its name.

SMALL SLAM IN HEARTS                                  Price:  $80.00





WATERMELON TOURMALINE

WATERMELON TOURMALINE, looking especially plush.



WATERMELON TOURMALINE



WATERMELON TOURMALINE; you can see that I had been working with this bloom: the anthers are gone for use elsewhere, and the pistil has been pollenated.



WATERMELON TOURMALINE (Paine, 2010)   Evergreen to Semievergreen Tetraploid, Midseason Blooming. 4 ¾ X 2.5 X 32 inches,  Top-fork to very good branching, good substance, Formerly Seedling   TR 95-107  [93TR-74 #13], Parentage. SCARLET ORBIT (Lee Gates) X BAMA BOUND (Richard Webster)   Watermelon Tourmaline is the semi-precious gem lithium tourmaline that is color-zoned like a watermelon: a red core of Rubellite surrounded by a green rim of Verdelite. [The gem got its name shortly after the first examples were discovered in Maine in 1820.]  The red color comes from manganese and the green color from iron.  Unfortunately, Daylilies comes zoned in the opposite sense, so mineralogists might be offended by the name. Too bad.  Since the red-green combination is very common in modern commercial hemerocallis, I am amazed that the name was still available for me to grab.  This is one of my more photogenic reds.

WATERMELON TOURMALINE                            Price:  $100.00