Cultivar Name: Substance Of Sunlight
Seedling Number: FHSE 229
Bloom Diameter: 5”
Scape Height: 31”
Bud Count: 15
Bloom Season: MID-LATE
Color/Description: Bright yellow, fading through the day to pale cream with glowing golden throat.
Bloom Habit: Diurnal
Pod Parent: Frans Hals
Pollen Parent: Substantial Evidence
Year Bred: 2013
Rust Resistance: A+/3 years
Fertile: Both ways
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Comments: This cross produced a ton of good seedlings. It was hard not to introduce a dozen or so. I have held myself back to just a couple. Substance Of Light is my last introduction from this cross. From the first year it flowered, the seedling that would become Substance Of Light has stood out with its consistency year after year. It has looked good and given a good show each year since first flower in my garden. The flower substance is strong. The flower holds up well in weather extremes. The plant is low growing with nice branches, scapes between 28" to 35", averaging around 31". Rust resistance was very strong through the last three years of my rust resistance screening program. The plant is very hardy, fertile and shows good growth, establishing quickly after division.
The color starts off bright yellow. As the day goes on the color fades and reveals lighter tones, without the flower substance degenerating. The color it becomes each day can vary. Depending on the weather and location, the flower can fade down to pale yellow, creamy yellow, almost melon-looking to even near-white on a few rare occasions. It is always significantly lighter by the end of the day, regardless of the exact color that is accentuated by the fading of yellow coloring. Substantial Evidence does something like this, of course, but doesn't get as light in tone, at least in my garden.
Since early childhood, I have loved daylilies with flowers that are yellow in the day and then fade into very pale yellow to cream to near-white in the late afternoon to late evening, but also retain their substance so that the flower looks intact, healthy and not melted. Substance Of Sunlight is a great example of that combination, showing excellent substance even as the flower fades into a beautiful, pastel version of its morning look. Beautiful for the garden and a great breeder for rust resistance, vigor, flower substance and open, sculptural flower form.