BUTTERFLY (Stamile,P.) TET 4249-A (Fractal x Bit Of Blue) 28” MlRe.
emo. Ev. 4” x 2.5” x 1.5”. 5-way branching. 35-40 buds.
BLUEBIRD BUTTERFLY is the bluest eyed daylily that
we have done to date. The eye in the early flowers is exceptionally
blue and edged in fuchsia (the image shows early bloom). The edge
reverses this pattern with the blue on the outside of the edge and
fuchsia on the inside. Like all bluish eyes I have seen, the flowers
become more greyed lavender or slate lavender as they continue to
bloom. This tells me that we, in the world of daylilies with our
somewhat variable colors, will have to achieve a real saturated navy
blue eye which then can undergo transition to medium blue. In this
quest I think BLUEBIRD BUTTERFLY is going to be a most important parent
for exploring blue in the daylily.
BLUEBIRD BUTTERFLY best illustrates what I was
initially trying to do with the “butterflies”: lots of smaller flowers
with a high intensity of bloom like a cloud of butterflies in the
garden. Smaller flowers must have high bloom density to have garden
impact and BLUEBIRD BUTTERFLY achieves this. Pretty. Fertile both ways.