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Historic or Heritage Daylilies
Before 1920

     At one time, many of the pre-1920 Daylilies were quite commonly grown in the northern half of the Florida peninsula.  However, Rust has wiped out many of those starting about the year 2000.   Those that have Hemerocallis thunbergii and/or Hemerocallis dumortierii were most adversely affected by the introduction of Rust to Florida.  So many of them did the dreaded Got Rust And Died.


This shows a flower that is possibly AJAX, but don't trust that much at least yet.  This is obviously a very old hybrid not far removed from the species.  The blooms are very fragrant, much like those of Hemerocallis citrina.  2012 Update, this flower has been identified as CALYPSO (Luther Burbank, 1917)


This is a side view of the same Daylily.  From the form of the bloom, it obviously has Hemerocallis citrina in its parentage, and has the fragrance to show for it.  It can Rust a little, but holds up well over the 15 years I have grown it.  I give CALYPSO a Rust Resistance Grade of B to be safe. 


CALYPSO can rebloom.  Here is a look at the show it was putting on in October, 2012.


Here is CALYPSO blooming in November, 2012.  Fragrant it is, and that is a trait I really like.   The flower form varies some based on weather patterns.  It is in its 'fat petal' mode here.