Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Absolute Ripper

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dec 6, 2016 6:01 PM CST
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'Absolute Ripper' is a evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2010 by Dan Hansen. Dan hybridizes at Ladybug Daylilies in Geneva, Florida. More information can be found on his website:

Absolute Ripper is an early bloomer with possible re-bloom. It is pollen fertile with currently one child:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Absolute Ripper')
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Dec 6, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Can't wait to read what northern growers have to say about this one.

Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Dec 13, 2016 4:30 PM CST
David, I'm a northern grower...

I just got Absolute Ripper this past year about mid- to late-season, so I only witnessed a few blooms for it, but it wowed me! I'm on a new computer, so I don't have any pictures handy, but I'll have to try and find some to post. I love how BIG the blooms on this are and this is one of my first toothy cultivars in my garden. I love it!

I'm trying to remember if it had a fragrance or not. I seem to think it might have had a light fragrance, but clearly nothing noteworthy on that scale or I'd likely remember it.

For hybridizing purposes, it seems to be a GREAT pollen parent. Since I only had a few blooms on my Absolute Ripper, though, I can't speak as to how good of a pod parent it is for me. I think I got 1-2 pods from it. I'm guessing I had 4 blooms total?...

If you like 'em big, if you like 'em toothy, or even if you just like 'em pretty and purple, I can definitely recommend Absolute Ripper.

As for hardiness, I haven't had it through a full year yet, but since I got it from another northern gardener, I have to imagine it is pretty hardy up here. Certainly through zone 6a, at the very least, but I'd wager it's hardy into zone 5b or even cooler.

Ohio (Zone 5a)
Dec 14, 2016 3:29 PM CST
I am south of Michigan, but in a colder zone 5A, and got Absolute Ripper this year as well. It is reported to
"put teeth on a barn fence". I have gotten several of Dan Hansen's intros the last few years, and all seem to be
doing much better than many others I have gotten from Florida. Looks impressive to me so far.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Jun 15, 2017 9:50 PM CST
I'm just following up on the hardiness of Absolute Ripper and I'm sorry to say that it did not survive the winter in my garden. I don't have any solid ideas why not, but it was in a raised garden bed, so if it struggles in the older climate, the more exposed/colder temps of the raised bed might be what did it in.

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