‘Buttered Popcorn’ has large flowers that have a butter-yellow self and are fragrant! In 1958, plant breeder Fred Benzinger decided to specialize in Daylilies. Good thing, because thirteen years later he introduced ‘Buttered Popcorn’ to Daylily enthusiasts. This classic tetraploid cultivar quickly became a favorite and made Daylily history as an All America winner. The scapes (the stems that support the blossoms) tend to grow to multiple heights, producing buttery-colored flowers at different levels – like popping corn. It’s a large flowered variety, with blooms as wide as 6″ in diameter, and it has a long bloom period. Some say it looks like a yellow peony!
Tetraploid daylilies have larger and thicker leaves and flowers, stronger flower scapes, more intense coloration and increased vigor. Because of the difference in the number of chromosomes, diploid and tetraploid daylilies cannot be crossbred to produce new types. While most of the major daylily awards have gone to diploid selections, much of the excitement among daylily enthusiasts in the last few years has been about Tetraploids.
The Daylily is a basic for any garden, requiring minimal care. This perennial grows almost anywhere and is not particular about the soil conditions. They can be used for borders, groups or naturalizing. Daylilies are clump-forming and multiply freely.