CHERRY COPTER 2019 40" tall, 7" bloom, 3 branches, 28 buds, Dor, Early Midseason, Tet (William Austin Norris x Wiggly Piggly) Not Available
This unlikely cross between a short, round pink and a tall, yellow UF has ended up being a delightful surprise in the garden. The stiffly held, out-facing flowers are usually cherry-colored, but can tend more to orange in the heat. Either way, it is a cheerful, undemanding daylily. It did outstandingly well in the blistering sun this summer, setting pods and even reblooming, which it hadn't done before. The flowers have nice movement and in a clump look like a bunch of whirring cherry propellers. Cherry Copter has also turned out to be interesting and useful in hybridizing, providing great color, flower form and plant habit to its kids. Judy Davisson's wonderful Wiggly Piggly has turned out to be a versatile and invaluable parent; this is just one of the numerous odd matches I've made with it that has produced a high-performing kid.
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Pic showing instant rebloom scapes in this summer's heat. Since it had not rebloomed in cooler years, it is not registered as a rebloomer, but as this shows, rebloom is possible in long, hot summers.