Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Fancy Face

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Oct 17, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Fancy Face' is a evergreen diploid introduced in 1994 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

Fancy Face is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible rebloom. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 1999 AHS award. It is pod and pollen fertile with currently 18 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fancy Face')
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Name: Ashton & Terry
Jones, OK (Zone 7a)
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Oct 17, 2016 6:28 PM CST
We have grown this one for since about 2011. It always blooms but modest bud count of 10-12 and a slow increaser.
I have some real beauty seedlings from it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Oct 17, 2016 6:32 PM CST
A major disappointment.
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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Oct 17, 2016 8:29 PM CST
I really enjoy Fancy Face, it blooms for quite a long time & has increased nicely. The bud counts are probably only average, but it has increased so much that there are lots of scapes so lots of blooms. For some reason it had a bad year once & the colors were off, but other than that it has always opened well & lovely colors I think. I don't have a photo of it, but it looks like Arlene's first photo here.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Oct 18, 2016 5:01 AM CST
I don't have Fancy Face, but wanted to comment on Arlene's picture. It is disappointing when the color of a daylily doesn't turn out like the pictures. I have to think though, with all the pictures of FF in the database from so many gardens, that the soil is an important factor. Are some daylilies more susceptible to color change due to soil than others? I don't know, but it doesn't make us any less enthused when we get one that isn't anything like what we expect.

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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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Oct 18, 2016 7:44 PM CST
I got a nice little clump of Fancy Face over the summer. I planted out four good sized fans- one of which has fanned out. Wish I had more to add, just haven't owned the plant long enough to have much to contribute. Perhaps I'll remember to update this post next summer : )
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Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 27, 2017 9:06 AM CST
I love Fancy Face. It was my first diploid and one I hope to use in hybridizing. I have some FF+Stargate Portal seeds I set over at my in-laws farm that I am looking forward to growing.

I got a few fans of FF in 2015 from my in-laws daylily farm. I planted it in front of my porch, facing east, where it gets sun until midday. It bloomed the first year. In 2016, it bloomed well. I had 4 fans, but they are smaller fans. I had 2 scapes and each had around 12 buds. All of the blooms are uniform, and open nicely. It has a really pretty face...though I haven't gotten any of the blue-purple eye you see in the pictures, mine is more of a redder-purple in the eye.

I didn't have diploids last year to set pods on it, but it did set pods at my in-laws like I said. Though, it seemed a bit finicky about pod setting and was much better as a pollen parent. I am keeping this beauty for a long time.
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