Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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)
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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball
Bloom Time: Midseason (M)
Flower Size: Small (3" to 4.5" diameter)
Blooming Habit: Diurnal (diu.) Extended (ext.)
Flower Type: Single
Bloom Color: Pink
Color Patterns: Eyezone
Flower Fragrance: No fragrance
Foliage Habit: Dormant (dor.)
Awards (if applicable): Annie T. Giles Award (or runner-up) Don C. Stevens Award (or runner-up) Award of Merit (or runner-up) Honorable Mention Junior Citation
A great edging daylily that blooms from mid -June throughout July and into August. The color varies with soil ph and sun exposure. My daylilies are a unique lilac pink ( a purple coneflower coloring) with a dark burgundy eye with some ruffling on edges.. They increase nicely and flower well even in partial sun/shade. They do not need protection in our zone 5 garden which experiences harsh freeze/thaw cycles and drying winter winds.
On Jan 9, 2010, rebloomnut from Cut Bank, MT (Zone 3a) wrote:
purchased through Wayside Gardens years ago and it never bloomed as beautifully as the photo. A very muddy plum color and the eye was not any better. Was quite dark. grown in full sun but never much increase either. Finally traded with a fellow DG member as think it may be my climate. That or it was a cheap import.
On Jan 25, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:
I got my fan of Merle Kent in 2005 and it bloomed in 2006 but now it is 2008 and I have yet to see another bloom on it. I have this in partial shade and it might need full sun. Will move this summer if it does not bloom.
On Jul 21, 2006, June_Ontario from Rosemont, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:
There seems to be some variation in the pinkness of the flower. Some photos show a blue-ish pink, others
a peachy-pink. Has the name been given to two different plants? The plant I am growing has a bloom that is flesh pink with a red ring around the throat and looks unpleasantly like a wound; not the "orchid" that I was expecting. I believe my supplier imported the plant from Klehm Nurseries.
On Oct 7, 2002, kennedy from Bagdad, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
This cultivar has also won the Florida Sunshine Cup twice, once in 1990 and again in 1995
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Lula, Georgia Tunnel Hill, Georgia Marietta, Illinois Oak Lawn, Illinois Macy, Indiana Seymour, Indiana Durham, Maine South China, Maine Dearborn Heights, Michigan Cut Bank, Montana Auburn, New Hampshire Sandown, New Hampshire North River, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Mount Gilead, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio Hugo, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon North Augusta, South Carolina Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia Clover, Virginia Kalama, Washington