Cultivar Name: Aladdin Sane
Seedling Number: MMCSPZPG 13
Bloom Diameter: 7”
Scape Height: 31”
Bud Count: 13
Bloom Season: Early-Mid
Color/Description: Pale orchid-pink petals and a wide radiating raspberry eye above a wide green throat with radiating pale orchid-pink midribs coming out of the throat.
Bloom Habit: EXT.
Pod Parent: Misty Mountains Cold
Pollen Parent: (Substantial Princess x Ziggy Played Guitar)
Flower Form: UF Crispate Quilled
Year Bred: 2016 (also germinated later summer 2016)
Rust Resistance: A+/1 year
Fertile: Pod fertile, pollen is pale and can be difficult, but I have gotten seeds from its pollen. Pods set fairly easily.
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Comments: This one exceeded my expectations for the cross. I made the cross in the hope of getting something like this, but I didn't actually expect to get something that was this advanced or with petals so long and narrow. The pod parent is my introduction Misty Mountains Cold, which has extremely good rust and thrips resistance (and excellent breeding value for both traits) with a small, round, cream-colored flower. The pollen parent (shown at the bottom of the pictures below) came from a cross of the seedlings that would become my introductions Substantial Princess and Ziggy Played Guitar. It too exceeded my expectations for the cross with a stunning near-white flower with a dark eye and big green throat and neat "eyelashes" of color on the sepals in the eye region. It was pollen fertile, but not so pod fertile, and over time I realized it just wouldn't increase. The cross that produced Aladdin Sane was just an afterthought. I didn't hope to get too much from it, but since Misty Mountains Cold was such a fertile and wonderful proven breeder, I thought, "Well, let's see." I am glad I did.
Aladdin Sane is a strong grower with reliable rebloom in my garden. It has rebloomed every year since it first flowered in 2017. The plant increases quickly and produces tons of scapes. The branching is only moderate, but the concentration of scapes and the rebloom that follows makes this one a stunning display in the garden, as you can see in the images below. The foliage is semi-evergreen, but the plant is very cold hardy. The flower is large, larger than either parent, and going more into the range of grandparent Ziggy Played Guitar. The flower coloring is very clear and bright. I expect this one to do well everywhere that grandparent Ziggy Played Guitar is also doing well, which is from zone 9 to zone 3. Ziggy Played Guitar has proven to be very cold hardy, as have many of his seedlings and descendants. I think Aladdin Sane will end up being as popular as its illustrious grandparent Ziggy Played Guitar. It fills an interesting niche of reblooming daylilies, with a very modern, unusual flower. It quite stands out from typical small to medium sized reblooming diploids.