AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
plants have been lined out and will be used to determine if
any of the daylily introductions they have on hand are more
resistant to urediospore infection than others. If this
hypothesis were shown to be correct, it would encourage
further research to generate a list of rust resistant plants.
by Jacki and John Kropf, from Ada, Michigan.
It has been reported that the portion of the life cycle of
Scotty speaks of following
Puccinia hemerocallidis involving sexual reproduction
her passion (for daylilies,
requires as an intermediate host the plant Patrinia. This
of course) and concludes
is the Genus name of several plants in the Family
that it is a multi faceted
journey. There is beauty,
The question to be answered here is: Will all members of
variety of type and detail of
the Genus Patrinia be infected by the daylily rust AND are
bloom the ever remarkable
other members of the Family Valerianaceae susceptible to
achievements of our
infection by daylily rust? These are important consider
hybridizers all contributing
to our becoming collectors.
And this collecting be
comes a life changing story
TRANSLATED INTO SIMPLE ENGLISH:
If you have a garden infected with daylily rust in
in itself. Scotty struggles to
the fall and your average low winter temperature
keep her collection at 600
is at least 29 degrees (or lower), the rust may be
Scotty Innes from Signal
cultivars while reality hits
killed off by the time spring arrives.
somewhere around 700.
Image: Lee Alden, Michigan.
How we spend our time
and money are altered
ations because during the sexual reproduction stage the
forever: We get rid of lawns, clean and cook less, and we
daylily rust genome can mutate. The resulting mutated rust
associate with other collectors. It is this association that
MIGHT be resistant to the systemic fungicide sprays
blesses us the most. Scotty quotes past president of AHS,
presently being used to control the disease.
Kay Day, saying, We come for the flower but we stay for
Dr Nameth's lab will be testing 7 8 members of the Family
the people. She shared memories in slide form of many
Valerianaceae for resistance to daylily rust infection. Mem
dear daylily friends, Steve Moldovan and Curt Hanson
bers of the Family shown to be susceptible to rust infection
from Region 2 among them.
should be kept out of gardens where daylilies are grown.
A large part of the passion includes the dreams and hopes
of hybridizing, an aspect that has the most potential to
We look forward to another report from Dr. Nameth's lab
impact and change lives.She credits her father, Denver
in March of 2004.
Scott, now age 88, for her interest in daylilies, and the two
walk seedling beds together, sharing the excitement and
surprise. There was a time when three generations were at
work together, since her son Scott was inspired by his
mother and his grandfather. The slides of her own property
and garden reflect her passion for beauty and color. We
were able to see her many lovely seedlings in her green
house, and we saw a slide of Scotty doing her seedling
dance. We could look ahead with Scotty, following her
rare and wonderful passion a challenging, sometimes
unexpected, exciting journey, but one never to be regretted.
Thank you, Scotty,
for sharing your experience with Daylily Passion.
OSU Graduate Student and Plant Pathologist Katherine
Whitten talking to Symposium Registrar Juli Hyatt and other
interested listeners. Photo: Gisela Meckstroth
Spring/Summer 2003 Page
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