Thursday, January 2, 2020

Galactic Center

Galactic Center
(Sdlg# NTHPOD22)

2020 - Reeder - Diploid - 
Nowhere To Hide x Pit Of Despair - 
27" scape - 6" flower - 3 branches - 13 buds - Mid-late season - Semi-evergreen

Deep burgundy red with an eye consisting of a black layer above a red layer, above a bright green throat with black veins running from the eye through the petals.

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The flower of Galactic Center has been a stunner from the first flower. From my 2011 breeding season, this rich burgundy red flower with striking blackish eye and veins above the bright red splashes below the dark eye and above the bright green throat. The form of the flower allows the throat to show on both petals and sepals, making a very eye-catching and refined six-pointed green star. The glowing eye and dark eye create the illusion of a glowing galactic center radiating out into its home galaxy, radiating light out amongst the dark matter. 

The plant has attractive dark green foliage that is semi-evergreen, but shows strong hardiness and good frost tolerance to late freezes, while also flourishing in warm-winter areas. The plant shows extremely high rust resistance, having been rated A+ through all five years of my rust resistance screening program. It also shows very high thrips resistance, especially for such a dark flower. Galactic Center handles division very well, and the plant holds up nicely in the garden in a clump while also showing good increase.

The breeding value is excellent, both for resistance to rust and thrips, as well as for breeding gorgeous and exotic flowers. Both parents of Galactic Center have interesting flower traits, and both derive from excellent family lines and breeding programs. The heavy veins derive from the mother, Nowhere To Hide, and pass well to many of the seedlings, as does the stunning eye pattern. The gorgeous, deep, rich color derives from pollen parent Pit Of Despair.

 Pod Parent Nowhere To Hide

The flower holds up very well in the garden, looking good throughout the day. It can show an interesting fading effect on many days that lightens the background color of the flower and allows the eye and veins to become super-accentuated by the evening. Even though the flower shows this fading effect, it is sunfast, not melting in sun and heat, and shows very good rain resistance.

Evening effect at 8 pm from fading that really makes the contrast pop!

The flower of Galactic Center starts the day quite dark, with the veins less obvious, and the entire flower shows a more purple tone in the early day. By midday, the veins start to become more pronounced and the flower takes on a deep reddish tone. On some days, the day goes on, the flower continues to fade with the veins becoming very pronounced in contrast to the petal color and showing a snakeskin effect. The background color can become an interesting mauve-sand tone, with the eye becoming more narrow and showing veins running through.

A morning picture showing the deeper color with a more purplish tone and less extreme contrast between the petals and veins.

Galactic Center is a striking flower and a wonderful parent, both for exotic flowers and for resistance to rust and thrips. The plant is hardy, and so useful in cold-winter gardens, but with the semi-evergreen foliage, it flourishes in warm-winter gardens and offers southern gardeners an opportunity to both take advantage of it high breeding value for both rust and thrip resistance, while also enjoying the plant in their gardens for many years.

Galactic Center at midday

The effect of the eye and throat forms the green six-pointed star effect that I love so much in daylilies. The veins are a trait I really appreciate, and they are hard to find where they are consistent and pass easily in breeding work. This flower is above an excellent plant and it offers both a beautiful and striking garden display, while also bringing a host of useful heritable traits to any breeding program. While it has never rebloomed in my garden, I do have reports of it reblooming in zone 8, and it has produced reblooming seedlings for me.