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That portion of the daylily that flowers. It begins as a bud on a scape, and proceeds to grow until it reaches maturity. At maturity, it opens its tepals to expose the flower's form, color, distinctive markings (eye, halo, edging, midribs, throat) and the sexual portions consisting of the pistil and stamens. An individual bloom generally opens for a single day, then withers, only to be succeeded by one or more new blooms until all the buds on a scape have matured. The spent bloom may or may not produce a pod from which seeds are harvested.

Photo by Michael Brown, used with permission. Cultivar: CHANCE ENCOUNTER (Stamile)

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