Teeth Daylilies: What are they and what do they look like?

BASS GIBSONb Teeth Daylilies: What are they and what do they look like?
Venus FLYTRAPb Teeth Daylilies: What are they and what do they look like?
VENUS FLYTRAP, Jamie Gossard

In the AHS dictionary of Terms:  “Edges refer to the outer periphery of the petals and occasionally the sepals.”  Referenced to http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/edges.html

“Edges can be structural, i.e. have knobs, braids, tentacles, fringe, and teeth”

Yesterday in my post I asked you to help define teeth. I spoke with several of my fishing buddies Larry Grace and Jamie Gossard today and both had input. Starting with Larry, I asked him, what are teeth and what he thought was an accurate illustration of daylily with teeth in commerce? Larry wasn’t quite sure on how to define teeth other than they were visible protrusions from the petal and sepal edged. Larry felt the shape of the protrusion was more important than size. Larry offered BASS GIBSON, hybridized by John Rice, as a daylily that has the complete look of a visually described “teeth daylily”. John Rice’s own words of BASS GIBSON are …. “exceptionally toothy edges”…

Jamie was more scientific in his definition. He said teeth were rapid cellular growth of the edges in a daylily.  Jamie said teeth daylilies were among other daylilies that had “ripped” edges.  Jamie also felt that the shape was the most important characteristic in defining teeth or other characteristics.  Jamie offered his own daylily VENUS FLY TRAP as an illustration of a daylily with teeth. In Jamie’s description he say this about VENUS FLYTRAP, “Venus Fly Trap is a breakthough in teeth hybridizing, white teeth on a maroon red flower. I believe this one to be the best introduced teeth variety to date”.

More on daylilies with teeth Monday.

Have a nice weekend.


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2 Responses to Teeth Daylilies: What are they and what do they look like?

  1. dormantsrule says:

    Does humidity accelerate rapid cellular growth ? Toothy ones in FL may not be so toothy in CA.

  2. Re: Ripped edges… although visually I agree with Jamie Gossard that the edges have a torn appearance, if you look carefully, the color of the toothy edge persists completely around the petal, with no interuption. My thoughts are that at somewhat regular intervals along the edge, there is cellular proliferation. At these intervals, the edge grows faster than the petal, allowing teeth, knobs, horns, and even tentacles to appear. Nevertheless, even in the absence of these protrusions, the edge is apparent.

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