Umpty Kajillion

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Umpty Kajillion (Huben 2010) 42 E 3.5, Melon w'Cream Polychrome, Dor Dip Emo

MH0047Q = (Aerial * Boston Symphony)
Price: $15 DF


This delightful melon-cream flower floats on tall, graceful, well-branched scapes. I usually count 6 branches (including the terminals) and 40+ buds. One year I carried a few of the spent scapes to a meeting in the winter, and was greeted by gasps: everybody wanted to know what variety produced them. You can see from the picture below how gracefully the wide branches carry the blooms so that they don't interfere.

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The only real fault of Umpty Kajillion is that it wasn't what I was breeding for, it's only half way to my goal. I wanted a white with those scapes, and of course I'm breeding with Umptry Kajillion for that:

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I call this picture "When good hybridizers go bad!" It shows a few scapes of Umpty Kajillion loaded with pods. This one has amazing pod fertility. I recommend Umpty Kajillion as a parent for pretty much any color tall and small breeding. It passes height, branching, and small flowers with green throats and carries (recessively) dark scapes, clear colors and white. It does have a dominant petal, which would be a fault for me if it didn't open so flat and well. As you can see from this picture, Umpty Kajillion comes close to self-cleaning: the previous day's blooms are well-furled and not too conspicuous. They furl even better the second day. I think I need to breed for daylilies that conceal the paper tags and strings....

Here is a two-year clump of Umpty Kajillion at Reed and Murphy's Woodhenge: spectacular!

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