MICHAEL’S SWORD: (BEST 2005-registered) Seedling #BS-LB-701 (BEE’S BETTIE SUE X LAVENDER BLUE BABY) is a mauve daylily with an exotic and unique BEARD! What sets MICHAEL’S SWORD apart, from all the rest, are the incredible beards lifting off all three petals (3-way) about 90-100% of the time once established in a 4-5 fan clump. The seedlings we are now growing from MICHAEL'S SWORD are showing even more refined bearded effects with 99-100% 'TRUE BEARDING'’consistency! Obviously, this trait is not just a one time happening event! MICHAEL’S SWORD was named to symbolize the “sword of truth” wielded by ‘Michael,’ the mightiest of God’s archangels. After seven years of hybridizing using various raised petaloid prospects, we have truly been blessed with the creation of MICHAEL’S SWORD!

MICHAEL’S SWORD is a dormant 29” diploid daylily with 5“ blooms, crispate form and is pod fertile. MICHAEL’ S SWORD performs with a bud count of up to 20+ buds. When compared to it’s pollen parent (LAVENDER BLUE BABY), MICHAEL’S SWORD exceeds LBB on bud count growing here in mid/northern Indiana. Most importantly, MICHAEL’S SWORD outperforms BEE’S BETTIE SUE's mid-rib crested effects by far, with 90-100% consistent bearding on all three petals and is much easier to set seed with compared to BBS! Some thought bearding couldn’t be done with any consistency. MICHAEL’S SWORD now wields new truth for the future!

Whether looking for something new to add to your hybridizing gene pool or simply adding another conversation piece to the garden, MICHAEL’S SWORD is destined to create a whole new focus in the world of daylilies!

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The Original vision of "bearding" vs. inconsistent"crested" variations

BEARD, BEARDED, FORKED-BEARDED & 'TRUE BEARDED' are synonymous when we refer to "BEARDING" in our daylilies. Daylily BEARDING (or) 'TRUE BEARDING'’ must be consistent in the bearding trait having a two or multi-pronged, "FORKED-BEARD" forming and ‘lifting off the surface’ of all three petals (3-way) approx. 90-100% of the time (or 4-way for poly’s) and is unlike the inconsistent crested variations as per the reputation we've come to know them by over the past decade with 'occasional or sputtered' raised MID-rib/other mutated effects or defects due to inconsistent plant habit. Anything much less than 90% consistent is considered an occasional inconsistent performer (ie: cresting) and is simply unacceptable for the benchmark standard we've created for the sake of registering and producing a quality hybridized 'TRUE BEARDED' daylily.

FORKED-BEARDING - as it technically relates to our exclusive consistent formed daylilies has no expressed definitive relationship to the given botanical bearded definition as defined by plant filaments or “hairs” in irises. Forked-bearding is a new creation that entered the market when MICHAEL'S SWORD was registered in '05. Our consistant Forked-bearded daylilies have a specific form with a bearded growth effect given that it resembles a shape or “growth like a beard” ("Webster’s"); as per the Forked-bearded styles men have actually worn as far back as biblical times. Contrary to AHS's recent efforts, bearding, as it correlates with consistency in our daylilies, has been accepted in the daylily world as per the fact it's been functional with use in commerce by the originating hybridizer since 2005 ~ long before AHS/SSC's vague and recent new-old terms/definition revisons as per "cresting/SCULPTS" in 2010. To this day, AHS has not addressed, acknowledged or recognized consistency as per the unique 3-way raised petaloid forked-effect within our refined and exclusive 'True bearded' daylilies. Thus we'll continue as planned with our pioneered vision in bearding and it's functioning noun & verb definitions, for the sake of a benchmark standard & consumer protection, so others may have a better understanding of the rare and elusive Forked-bearded effect as it's carried forward from the genetics of MICHAEL'S SWORD.

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Quoted from the article: "Bearding: A New Age in Daylilies! By Brad Best

“With the backing of fellow daylily enthusiasts, the BEARDED daylily may someday become a common gardening name like the bearded iris. Both flowers (bearded irises & bearded daylilies) share similar bearded ‘growth effects’ in the artistic sense as per the basic beard-like effect we have at hand. However, after research and some debate the term "bearded" in the verb sense has literally taken hold so to speak. The bearded flower form ‘opposes and defies’ all traditional daylily forms since the beginning of the daylily species. As per the verb definition “beard” is defined as:

Verb - beard: to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution and effrontery (Webster‘s 9th); to come face to face with and defy ("Webster’s New World Dictionary")

And the noun definition for beard:

Noun - beard: any growth like a beard.” ("Webster’s New World Dictionary") definition #2.

Thus, as per the noun definition. what we have with this new form in daylilies is certainly “a growth like a beard.” And in the artistic sense, a bearded daylily has similar plant habit as per it’s placement and general location within the petal like that of a bearded iris ~ only much more unique!

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So far, the 'TRUE BEARDED'daylily form defies all other forms known in the daylily world! Thus, we’ve coined the BEARDED name as per the associated verb and noun definitions for that matter. Placement and location of the bearded effect was initially one of the essential reasons why the name was coined as well. To date, nothing even comes close to comparison describing the bearded form we have at hand. The name MICHAEL’S SWORD appears to be quite fitting as well for the 1st registered 'True bearded' daylily form. MICHAEL’S SWORD was named to symbolize the “sword of truth” wielded by ‘Michael,’ the mightiest of God’s archangels. Hence, the term 'True bearded' form daylilies!”