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Scarlet Pimpernel


It is an honor to win the Stout Silver Medal.  Only sixty-nine daylilies out of over 83,000 registered cultivars have claimed this recognition up to 2019. A daylily with the Stout Silver Medal by its name is a remarkable statistic for a hybridizer since this is the highest award a cultivar can receive. To my amazement, I have now become only the 10th female hybridizer to win this prestigious award in the history of the society since the award began in 1950.

Nan Ripley will be awarded the Stout Silver Medal at the 2020 AHS Convention May 24-27, 2020 in Savanah, GA

awards: Award of Merit 2016, Honorable Mention 2013, 2013 National Convention Ned Roberts spider/Unusual Form Award

(N. Ripley 2007) Tet (Ruby Spider x Royal Celebration). Height 35”, flower 10”, 3-way to 4-way branching, bud count 12-18 (depending on rain), unusual form. Glowing Royal Garnet Red combined with chartreuse green throat can put a WOW in your garden. This flower has strong saturated colors that dazzle a painter’s eye. I love to paint watercolors and when I laid eyes on Scarlet Pimpernel I immediately wanted to put the brilliant colors and flower form on paper. Scarlet Pimpernel is often producing 4 petals and 4 sepals making 4 x 4 polymerous blooms. The flowers stand erect all day and do not fade, looking as fresh in the evening as in the early morning. When you add that Scarlet Pimpernel is a rebloomer and is both pod and pollen fertile, it is a gardener’s, collector’s, and hybridizer’s dream machine. $30.00 double fan. Scarlet Pimpernel can be seen in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 National Gardens.

Nan Ripley behind clump of Scarlet Pimpernel in Karol Emmerich's Springwood Garden during the 2013 AHS  National Convention
Picture of Scarlet Pimpernel taken by Mary Baker


This is the first flower that bloomed on Scarlet Pimpernel as a 14-month-old seedling. Notice it is already a clump and blooming during the first summer. The flowers are large, the scape is strong, and the color is clean. A winner from day one of selection. Sometimes, Scarlet Pimpernel likes to be polymerous, as can be seen on the right.




Polymerous is an adjective used to designate a daylily with more than the normal number of segments in each floral whorl, i.e., more than the normal three sepals (usually four or five) in the outer whorl and more than three petals (usually the same number as sepals) in the inner whorl. Polymerous daylilies have the extra sepals and petals evenly spaced in their respective whorls, unlike double daylilies in which the extra petals or petaloid stamens are stacked upon or lie above the ordinary petals. Moreover, polymerous daylilies have extra stamens; eight if there are four petals or ten for five petals, rather than the usual six. Most polymerous daylilies have the same number of carpels in the pistil (and therefore the capsule) as there are petals.

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