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PlantFiles: Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Cat's Cradle'

Family: Hemerocallidaceae (hem-er-oh-kal-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemerocallis (hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Cat's Cradle
Hybridized by Hagar; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1985

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)
Reblooming (Re)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Diurnal (diu.)
Extended (ext.)

Flower Type:
Spider (petal length to width is 5.0:1 or more)

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Color Patterns:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Foliage Habit:
Evergreen (ev.)


Awards (if applicable):
Harris Olson Spider Award (or runner-up)
Award of Merit (or runner-up)
Honorable Mention

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral OKI_T On Jun 22, 2010, OKI_T from Tokyo
Japan wrote:

'Carolicollosal' ( Powell,1969 America ) 'Kindly Light' ( Bechtold,1952 America )

Positive TerriFlorida On Nov 26, 2006, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

CAT'S CRADLE takes awhile to settle in, or at least it did for me. But holy cats, once it does, it is totally fabulous. It is shorter down here as most scapes are (at least for me) but the flowers are large and really skinny, with a faint cinnamon eye, really striking. I would not be without this stunning cultivar!

Neutral mystic On Feb 21, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

8" yellow spider blooms,38" scape, Hagar 1985


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Plant City, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Brown City, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Sandown, New Hampshire
North Augusta, South Carolina

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