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Sep 3, 2015 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Old King Cole' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1995 by Moldovan.

It has earned the AHS award:
Honorable Mention: 1999

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Old King Cole') .

Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! I award an acorn for performance information posted to this thread.



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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Old King Cole')
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Sep 3, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
I have Old King Cole in my garden. Because of its bi-color, it really attracts your attention. For me it isn't a fast multiplier, but I have it in partial shade. I think next year I'm going to try getting seeds from it. Have to decide who to cross it with. This one is definitely a keeper in my opinion. Here is this years picture of Old King Cole.

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Sep 4, 2015 5:55 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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I have had Old King Cole for 10 years. The first couple of years that I had it, it was not a very good cold morning opener. That has changed since it has become more established in my garden. This year it had 36" scapes (it is registered as 30") and 12 buds. It is very fertile and sets pods like crazy and setting a lot of pods doesn't seem to affect next years blooms. I have it growing in full sun and it increases very well for me.
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Sep 4, 2015 6:09 AM CST
Name: Louise Alley
Central Maine, Waterville (Zone 5a)
Just an interesting old favorite bi-tone with blossoms well above the foliage. My clump has a range of branching 2 way to 4 and bud count averaging 13. Then I have a year old division with 5 way branching and 30 buds. It stopped blooming 9/3/15. No problem with it increasing. I would say it likes being divided.
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Sep 4, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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I got Old King Cole in August so am no help yet in giving information. Seeing what has already been posted I'm excited to see what it does here.
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Sep 4, 2015 8:21 AM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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This is a beautiful one. I'm going to add it to my "wanted" list!
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Dec 5, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Here are 1st blooms from Old King Cole x Janice Brown.

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Dec 25, 2017 10:48 PM CST
Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
The color can be quite striking and it is quite vigorous here. However, a reluctance to open is not just an occasional characteristic; it is the chief flaw of this cultivar.


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Jan 31, 2018 4:05 PM CST
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
Region: Canadian Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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This is an older CV but a good garden plant. The bi-tone is striking and stands out in the garden. I have grown it for 2 seasons. Here, it reached 30" inches, just shy of the registered height and had a bud count of 16 with 4 way branching, really good for a 2 year old CV. It blooms into August giving a lengthy bloom period. It is not one of those that takes a long time to settle in. I recommend this plant for the north
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