Sun Dragon Daylilies
Sun Dragon Daylilies
Sun Dragon Daylilies
“Your breeding for rust resistance is especially valuable for the future of daylilies.”
This site is Under Construction at this time.
The 2023 introductions are now listed and the availability list has been updated. There are 22 new introductions for 2023.
Sun Dragon Daylilies is a daylily breeding program and not a garden center or nursery. This website is an information resource about my breeding program and the introductions that come from it. While I offer a small number of plants for placement each year, to spread them to other growers and breeders so that they can have an impact in other gardens and breeding programs, this is not a commercial operation. My focus is my breeding program and getting the best of my work from that program into the hands of other daylily enthusiasts. I never maintain plants in commercial numbers and do not have a public display or sales garden. I ship within two small windows each year, in spring and in late summer/early fall. I do not ship through the rest of the year to allow me to focus on my breeding program and the extensive garden work that it requires. I am the only worker here in my garden. I have no employs, as this is not a business. While I think many of my cultivars would be excellent candidates for commercial purposes, I do not maintain large enough numbers of any of my introductions to facilitate commercial production, though I can make individual divisions available for those who might be interested in growing them for potential commercial purposes.
My Introductions - a listing of all my introductions along with the rust resistance rating of each and the number of years observations were made. Click the name of any cultivar to go to the full description page.
Because this is just a big, slightly out-of-control hobby that taking place in my personal garden, and space is always a concern, as my tetraploid breeding program continues to expand I will gradually discontinue growing many of my older introductions. In 2022, I am making the first discontinuations of some of my earliest diploid introductions. I will continue to stop carrying more of my diploid introductions over the next few years as I move deeper and deeper into my tetraploid program. My goal with my diploid introductions is to get them out to other breeders and growers so that the interesting traits such as unique flower traits and/or rust resistance are available to daylily enthusiasts, to grow in their gardens and use in their breeding programs. With my focus on tetraploids and a limited amount of space, many of my diploid introductions will only be available for placement for about five years before they are discontinued. I will probably still retain a clump, so I may be able to share a division in some instances, but I can't guarantee that will be the case for every one of my diploid introductions. Discontinued cultivars from my own introductions will be noted as such in the Daylily Availability list.
I have loved daylilies since early childhood. They can be ideal garden plants, wonderful for average homeowners who just want some pretty flowers, young people who want to learn to grow and breed plants and want something easy and forgiving to start with, average gardeners who love flowers, all the way up to advanced hobbyists and collectors who are looking for the most extreme and advanced. However, all daylilies are not created equally, and it is important to know what daylilies are right for your needs.
It is my goal to breed plants that are easy to care for regardless of your skill level, that have great value for breeding projects of any kind and that also offer advances in form and flower as well as in the plant traits.
Feel free to spend time here. This website is designed to be an information resource about my breeding program and the introductions that come from it. The articles and links section has many available articles. The listing for each cultivar features a page of pictures and my anecdotal observations for each cultivar. Enjoy!
“I have 35 Sun Dragon Daylilies introductions in Ecuador and New Hampshire. None have ever shown rust, neither in Ecuador where rust is present all year nor in NH when rust appeared once in the garden in the fall. They are essential to my breeding program."