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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Hemerocallis 'Black Stockings': new from the RHS Online Shop

Posted by Graham Rice on 16 Nov 2010 at 03:02 PM

Hemerocallis,black,stockings,tetraplod. Image ©DarwinPerennialsAmazing four hundred new hemerocallis (daylilies) were added to this year’s RHS Plant Finder but most are available from just one supplier. One newcomer that is a little more widely available, and which continues the theme of black flowers from recent posts, is Hemerocallis ‘Black Stockings’ (left, click to enlarge).

Reaching about 60cm/2ft in height, with unusually dark green foliage, the 12.5-15cm/5-6in wide single flowers are a sumptuous deep burgundy black - not really a true black, but still very dark – more burgundy with black overtones. Each bloom is prettily ruffled along the edges of the petals and features a bright fiery gold star in the centre and a green throat. Flowers open from July onwards.

‘Black Stockings’ is a tetraploid, with twice the number of chromosome as normal, and this brings increased substance to the flowers and foliage as well as good vigour. It was developed in Holland in 2004 by Gerard Heemskerk of Heemskerk Vaste Planten, situated near the coast about 45 minutes west of Amsterdam. Gerard specialises in breeding hemerocallis but also works with hostas and iris.

Black flower are increasingly appreciated, this looks like an impressive new addition to the range.

You can order Hemerocallis ‘Black Stockings’ from the RHS Online Plant Shop and from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

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