*CHRISTMAS BEAU
 
 
*CHRISTMAS BEAU -- (Romeo is Bleeding x Rainbow Gold) (Jack of Hearts) Sev. 5.5” fl. 24” sc. M. 20 buds.    Christmas Beau comes from the best of my ruffled red lines.  Since its maiden bloom, I have yet to see a more ruffled red daylily.  The ruffles form deeply crimped pleats as they move toward the throat.  Add to this the flower’s deeply saturated blood red color, and you have one of the most important red daylilies for hybridizing.  The flowers also have a heavy texture and a deep velvety finish.  They have always reminded me of a Christmas bow, but my niece suggested that I have a bit more fun spelling the name.  These plants set seed easily, and I kept them loaded with pods last season.  The blooms generally only carry a wire gold edge, but since they were bred from gold edged flowers,  they throw gold edged red seedlings.