The specialty daylily is the first new plant introduced by Virginia’s Beautiful Gardens program, founded in 2005 as a collaborative effort of Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Nursery Landscape Association.
The Virginia Tech Spirit daylily was bred by Linda Pinkham, a Virginia Tech graduate and plant breeder who donated it to the program.
“The lily is in fairly high demand,” said Lisa Lipsey, program coordinator for Beautiful Gardens. “We originally introduced it as a mail order item, because the supply was limited. The demand for the daylily was far greater than the supply.”
The flower is burnt orange with a maroon center and maroon edges. It requires full sun for at least six hours each day and likes moist conditions during the growing season. The daylily blooms in late May and “reblooms throughout the year,” Lipsey said.
A list of retailers carrying ‘VT Spirit’ is available at www.beautifulgardens.org.