Brunette

Introduced: 1931
Height: 30"
Ploidy: Diploid
Habit: Dormant
Bloom time: Early, Extended, Rebloom
Bloom size: Unknown
Bloom type: Single
Not Fragrant


In the introduction year, A.B. Stout described it as:
" Of the selections named at the New York Botanical Garden this is the first which has a decidedly and general chocolate shade of coloring. A discarded seedling of our earlier selections, which was afterwards named Brownie Daylily, is somewhat of the same class but is much less strongly colored. The throat of the Brunette Daylily is yellowish orange: there is a large mid-zone of a shade near madder brown outside of which the blade is a lighter shade of tan-red or brownish red. The pattern is hence concentric and is three-toned and banded. The period of bloom is early, beginning about June 1. The flowers are medium-small (about 3.5 inches in spread), medium-full, and widely open. The scapes are much branched and usually stand only from 24 to not more than 30 inches tall.
This plant is a complex hybrid with an ancestry that includes H. flava, H. fulva clone Europa, H. aurantiaca, and H. Middendorffii. Also in the ancestry are six different seedlings some of which are selections for early flowering, semi-dwarf stature, and dark flower coloring. "
( cited from: Journal of the New York Botanical Garden, 1941, vol. 42, p. 10-17 )