Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Kansas Kitten

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Aug 30, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Kansas Kitten' is a dormant diploid introduced in 2002 by Jack Carpenter. Jack owned and operated The Lily Farm until he sold it to his nephew, Mark, in 2010. Story can be found here:

More information about Jack Carpenter can be found in this thread started by Char:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Jack Carpenter" in Daylilies forum

Kansas Kitten is a mid-season bloomer with possible re-bloom. It is listed as rust susceptible. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2005 AHS award. It is pod and pollen fertile with currently 10 registered children:

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Kansas Kitten') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Kansas Kitten')
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer Hostas
Aug 30, 2016 6:09 PM CST
I have only had it for 2 years and it blooms well. I haven't tried to hybridize with it as of yet. I do have plans for it next year. It survives the Zone 5 winters without any protection. The pictures are an accurate representation.

Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Daylilies Composter Cottage Gardener Hibiscus Enjoys or suffers hot summers Zinnias
Salvias Bulbs Amaryllis Lilies Clematis Region: Texas
Aug 30, 2016 8:37 PM CST
I have had Kansas Kitten for at least 5 years. It is planted in a shady area, to protect it from fading. The shade does not effect it's performance. It blooms reliably every year. Kansas Kitten is an exceptionally hardworking daylily. It's blooms are unaffected by Texas heat. The plant does go heat dormant in July. It would be one of my top five daylilies.

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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Aug 31, 2016 12:16 AM CST
I've had Kansas Kitten for a number of years now. It is a moderate increaser, which I like. The flower does fade on hot sunny days. I have it in FULL sun. For me, the blooms often are spotty. It has its good days and bad days. Kind of a "band hair day" I guess. I've never paid attention to what the weather was when it happens. I'll have to do that next year. It happens so often that I even considered getting rid of it but it is so very beautiful when it's having a good day. In fact, I've even picked off and tossed new blooms if I know someone will be visiting my gardens that day.

Here is a good day - you can see just a teeny-tiny bit of spots on it.
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Aug 31, 2016 12:52 AM CST
I grew it for a few years.. Some others show a more vibrant color in their pictures then what I saw here, but it was a good bloomer. What finally did it in though was the one year I got rust. It managed to avoid getting it until late in the season then it too got rusty. It then went to that great daylily field in the sky. I don't want to deal with rust on my daylilies..........Maryl
Name: Chuck
northern IL. (Zone 5a)
Aug 31, 2016 7:06 PM CST
I've had Kansas Kitten for about 2 years now and I do like the flower it does fade some what and I also have it in full sun but love the color combination where I have it with the other day lilies and perennials for me it's a keeper
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Aug 31, 2016 8:55 PM CST
Kansas Kitten has done well in the 2 years I've had it, increased well, & bloomed nicely. The blooms always seem to look nice here, it is in full sun & I've been surprised that it doesn't seem to fade badly in the heat of the day. The plant does seem to look pretty bad after it finishes bloom, but see it goes dormant in Texas, so that may explain it. It does perk up very nicely when the weather cools.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Sep 1, 2016 12:35 PM CST
Kansas Kitten has been here for about two seasons now. It has increased OK. It is a very pretty unusual flower. Mine is located in a partly shaded area.

Kansas Kitten
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Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
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Nov 2, 2016 7:33 AM CST
I am still hoping for better things with my KK here in subtropical east coast Australia. It had rust badly but is OK since I removed all green parts. It gets full sun except for shade from another plant. I may move it to a shadier spot when the plant is stronger. I lost a fan last time I moved it.
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