Daylily: Nancy the Rose Queen

Hybridizer: Owen, P.
Year of Intro: 2010
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Bloom Size: 6.50 in.
Scape Height: 36.00 in.
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Basic Attributes:

blooms early to mid-season, reblooms, 3-4 branches, 18-24 bloom count, pod fertile, pollen fertile, semi-evergreen.

The pod-parent is (Alaskan Midnight x Tooth)
The pollen-parent is Running for the Border


When I first moved here to Polkville, it was hard not to notice one of my new neighbors had a beautiful rose garden in front of her home... I most certainly was happy to see that I had a potential new gardenin' friend so nearby!  Indeed, as soon as I was able, I made a beeline over to the gal's house... and knocked on her door.  When she answered, I told her who I was and immediately asked her if she liked daylilies.  Somewhat bedazzled by my slightly different attitude, she said "of course!".  I said "good thing!", and immediately shoved 2 huge bags of daylilies at her... and we've been great friends ever since.  Her name, is Nancy Queen.

Turned out (much to my amazement) that the vast majority of Nancy's rose collection was actually behind her house... and it was immense!  She was formerly a President of a large rose society, and her gardens were filled to the brim with stunning color and form of her beloved genera.  I have a tendency, truth be told, to truly admire a skill that I have not an inkling of (I can kill just about any rose in existence).  Nancy's garden prowess doesn't stop with roses and perennials though... her 2 acre vegetable garden is amazing!  Even more amazing, is that she tends all this by herself... and past retirement, this should give you at least a good picture of the fact that this is one country gal to be reckoned with!  ;-)

Honestly, Nancy herself is truly "a rose"... so nice, unassuming, and giving.  I'm so happy to be able to have the opportunity to name a flower in her honor, even if it pales in comparison to the honor it has been to become her friend!  This magnificently saturated and incredibly clear rose daylily has the tendency to fold its petals, giving it a very stylish and graceful appearance.  Dignified and stately, the form is relentlessly stunning... no matter what nature can think of to throw at it.  Hardy dormant foliage is well founded and secure... indeed, it's just unstoppable!  A wonderful new plant, named for a most wonderful gal. 


Parent to the new JOHNNY ON THE SPOT (Owen, '14), and the AMAZING "Dreamliner" (2015).

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