The Eastern-most point of headland in the US, where the warm sunshine first strikes our country is named Quoddy Head, at Lubec, Maine - an unquestionably significant location in our natural world.
At first glance, what you notice immediately about Hemerocalis Quoddy Head is a glowing self color of a rich, sunrise peach (RHS 26D) – and thus, this gorgeous cultivar easily earns it's important name – providing the cheerful promise and strength of a sunny, new day to come.
Cindy Valente, Jim and I selected this name from Ron Valente’s own list of special names - names that he had hoped to use for his future introductions.
On closer examination, we note the H. Quoddy Head's blossom has a rich, lime-green throat (RHS 143A) which transitions upward into a band of bright, rich yellow (RHS 7B) - which is immediately bordered by a strong, pinky-red eye (RHS 46C). The slightly raised petal midribs, presenting in a much lighter tone of self peach, leads our eye out to generously ruffled edges which are defined by a slight, red-gold wire (RS 179A). This beauty blossoms in mid-season.
The beauty of H. Quoddy Head is exceeded only by its’ superlative structure. It rises a full 38+ inches high, and its’ 4- to 5-way branching easily supports bud counts rising into the mid-thirties.
Held for breeding purposes by Ron Valente, second generation crosses of this cultivar appear to carry forward the positive attributes of plant height, structure strength and bud count. Easily fertile both ways, this cultivar took pollen for me even in the 90+ degree heat and humidity of central Illinois July days. The parentage is H. English Cameo x H. Scottish Fantasy.
H. Quoddy Head is a truly exciting plant and is undoubtedly one of the very best plants that Ron ever produced. Unfortunately, an earlier intention to name this plant H. Celia Thaxter to honor one of Maine’s great gardening icons, was prevented by unsolvable, long-term complications in the clearance of using that name.