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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily Awakens Landscapes

Continuous blooms from spring through fall provide added value for gardeners and landscapers.

Far and away superior to older long-blooming daylilies, Garden Debut®’s new introduction Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily adds an eye-catching lavender-rose flower color to the daylily palette, while delivering both disease resistance and an extended season of bloom. Daylilies in the Enjoy 24/7™ “the no work plant collection” share valuable characteristics that appeal to gardeners, homeowners, landscape designers and contractors.

Extraordinary flowers of Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily are an unusual, clear lavender-rose or light burgundy color with a contrasting lemon-yellow and chartreuse throat. Flowers have a darker burgundy or grape-maroon eye zone with a thin maroon-red halo toward the flower center. Wide, overlapping petals have a light ruffle and heavy substance, creating a round flower shape on this outstanding cultivar. 

This out-of-the-ordinary lavender-rose daylily is one of the Garden Debut® Tetraploid daylilies in the Enjoy 24/7™ series that features three seasons of continuous bloom on short plants with large, brightly-colored flowers. Originator Ted Petit named the series for the luminous, soft purple dawns and tropical island colors of the Beach Boys’ classic song, Kokomo.

Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily is a 2011 introduction in the Tetraploid series Enjoy 24/7™ “the no work plant collection” from Garden Debut® that features shorter plants with large, brightly-colored flowers. Flowering begins six to eight weeks earlier than standard daylilies and buds develop into flowers even during cooler weather and cold spring nights, a big plus for retailers whose customers will be captivated by the colorful display on their springtime shopping trips.  Blooming continues throughout the summer and fall until cut down by hard frost (as late as Thanksgiving in Zone 7).

What’s more, Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily is resistant to Daylily Rust that blights previous long-blooming daylilies. Short, grassy foliage, clean shedding of old blooms, prolonged reblooming that extends the season, and rapid increase of divisions adds up to an extraordinary daylily. Compact plants with short flower scapes and foliage eliminate blow-over in garden centers common to taller daylilies sold in gallon pots.  [Photo at left was taken 4/28/11 after -12 degree F. winter lows; 6 budded scapes in evidence on plant! ]  

The culmination of seven years of targeted plant modification by renowned daylily breeder and author Dr. Ted Petit of Le Petit Jardin, McIntosh, Fla., Garden Debut® is pleased to provide the green industry with outstanding plants through this partnership. Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily is available in summer 2011.

For more information on Enjoy 24/7 “the no work plant collection” and other superior plant introductions brought to gardeners by Garden Debut®, visit To set-up an interview with daylily breeder Dr. Ted Petit, contact Jim Thompson toll-free at 877-663-5053 or               

 Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘SPd 06-12’ PPAF
(Hybrid 2011 introduction of the Enjoy 24/7™ “the no work plant collection”)
Plant Category:
Mature Height:
18 inches, shorter plants won’t blow over in gallon pots
Mature Spread:
12 inches
Mature Form:
 Grass-like foliage, short mounds (like cushion mums)
Growth Rate:
Vigorous; rapid increase in landscape or garden quickly forming large plants
Disease Resistance:
 Very rust resistant, “No Work Plant Collection”
Sun Exposure:
 Full sun to partial shade
Soil Moisture:
 Wide range, tolerant of dry to damp soils
Soil Type:
 Loam, Sand, Clay, tolerant of all soil types 
pH Level:
 Wide range, tolerant of soil reaction
Flower Genetics:
 Tetraploid. More flowers with heavier substance, yet the series are shorter with narrow leaves that will not blow over in gallon nursery pots.
 Brightly colored red blooms
Flower Color:
Superior flowers of Jamaica Sunrise™ Daylily are an unusual, clear lavender-rose or light burgundy color with a contrasting lemon yellow/chartreuse throat. Flowers have a darker burgundy or grape-maroon eye zone with a thin maroon-red halo. Wide, overlapping petals with heavy substance have a light ruffle, and unusual lavender-rose daylily petals are gently recurved, creating a round form on medium size flowers.
Flower Size:
 4 inches
Bloom Time:
 Continuous bloom spring through summer.
 Starts blooming 6 to 8 weeks earlier than standard commercial varieties, blooms during spring retail rush.
 Flowers even in cool weather and cold nights
Repeat bloomer:
 Good re-bloomer with multitude of flowers on well- branched scapes
 Clean shedding of old blooms
 Flowers extremely early (with Azaleas and Redbud) and throughout  summer
Landscape Value:
 Improved of garden mainstay; popular perennial now fits into retail racks and has greater landscape application
 5 – 9
 U.S., Dr. Ted Petit, McIntosh, FL
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