Daylilies forum: What do the numbers mean in the plant description?

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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Sep 22, 2015 8:02 PM CST
I noticed a couple of days ago that the daylily, Mineral Springs, has the following color description

"purple RHS185B with diffused darker eye RHS187B, full orange throat, gold ruffled edge"

It is a gorgeous daylily! Most of the pictures show a wide variance of colors though. So, I checked the description, and saw the numbers, which have me totally confused! Anyone know what they mean? It's probably something really simple, but is lost on me!

Here is a link to the daylily

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mineral Springs')
Natalie
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 22, 2015 8:05 PM CST
I think that's a color chart number from the Royal Horticultural Society. It's sort of an official horticultural color chart like the color charts for paint at the hardware store. And a lot more expensive to purchase Smiling . Someone else will probably know for sure.
Donald
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Sep 22, 2015 8:09 PM CST
I've heard Bill mention that he uses the RHS color charts to describe his registrations, so that's a safe bet!
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Sep 22, 2015 8:21 PM CST
Thank you both! Thumbs up
Natalie
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia
Sep 23, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Thank You! I was wondering about that too!
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