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Oct 14, 2017 2:23 PM CST
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I just joined this today, so forgive me if I bumble around!
I also are looking for them! Dark purple.They are hard to find.
I will be looking forward to hearing more suggestions that you get.
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Oct 14, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Welcome to the forum! You have found the right place I think, lots of knowledgeable people here.
when you say purple, are you talking about purple, as in Darius which looks more dark red to me. Or dark purple/black, like Tuscawilla Blackout or Bela Lugosi? Or actual purple like the eye of Navajo Pony? I have a friend who grows beautiful purples, but the same daylilies don't show up as purple in my garden. I imagine it is due to temperature, but maybe soil differences.
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Oct 14, 2017 4:59 PM CST
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Dark, clear purple diploids-not reddish, or mahagony.

Oct 14, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Annuals Roses Peonies Region: Pennsylvania Region: Mid-Atlantic Hostas
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How about some of Margo Reed's introductions, e.g., Planet Max, Eggplant Electricity, Even Stephen and Creature of the Night? Also Farewell Party and Indian Giver. Kansas Kitten might be of interest too. I added all of these cultivars to my garden within the past year.

Here are some photos, but you should also look at all the photos in the database for each cultivar because the purple color differs dramatically from photo to photo, e.g., depending on light.

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Oct 15, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Hostas Hybridizer Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
A couple of dark purple diploids are: SILOAM SAMBO and GRAPE VELVET. PLANET MAX and CREATURE OF THE NIGHT are also wonderful purple dips.
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Oct 15, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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The best purple dip. I grow is WATCHYL DREAMING PURPLE.
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Oct 16, 2017 7:50 AM CST
Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
18 yr old in my subtropical garden!
Hi. CRAYOLA VIOLET looks violet purple when it blooms for me. Can't find pic from last year but will edit soon as it's about to bloom
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Oct 17, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Name: lottabeds13
blooming grove, NY (Zone 6a)
I have an appointment with spring!
Old favorite true purples in my garden, Strutters Ball, Cameroons.
Nov 1, 2017 2:57 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
This one is the truest purple I have, so far. Grape Stomping.
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Nov 1, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Carol already mentioned Indian Giver, but I just wanted to say it is probably one of my best purples.

Last year I received Purple Tarantula and it was just gorgeous in my garden this year. I love the way the petals curl. It is over 4 feet tall and it did lean a little, but as you can see in the picture, it does get some shade, so I think it might have been reaching for the light.

Here are some others to look at:

Starman's Quest

Backscratcher is a great daylily

Purple Starfish

I did a quick search on the AHS database with these filters:
Color in Description: purple.
Ploidy: diploid.
Description Keywords: purple self.

It came back with 587 results! Of course, there were all different shades of purple, but it was fun to look at them.
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Nov 1, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Annuals Roses Peonies Region: Pennsylvania Region: Mid-Atlantic Hostas
Growing under artificial light Foliage Fan Daylilies Butterflies Bookworm Aroids
Vicki, @Blue23rose,

Purple Tarantula (Gossard, 2011) and Starman's Quest are especially beautiful. I have oggled Gossard's many gorgeous introductions online but don't have any of my own yet. I have been waiting for comments about them before acquiring any myself. Thanks so much for your comments about Purple Tarantula.
Nov 3, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
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Here's a purple dip seedling that I purchased from Nicole DeVito (Ndl on the Lily Auction) a couple of years ago, and I really like it. But I really can't think of any other purple dips that I might have, other than PLANET MAX.

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