I just call it 'Old Red.' Today was the First Bloom Open this season.
Brocaded Gown. I bought it fifteen years ago from a grower in Blakely, GA.
I like to plant it with daffodils. It starts to bloom just as maturing
daffodil foliage is going away.
Little Grapette. Officially listed as a purple, you can see it has red tones
in sunlight and is never as purple as the Persian Shield beside it.
I bought Little Grapette in 2002 from a different grower in Blakely. I downloaded list after list of daylilies and made notes about the colors, bloom times and the size. Little Grapette's companion was Olive Bailey Langdon, same color, larger flower and plant.
I still have at least a fan of all the daylilies that I bought that year. Some excelled. Some barely hung on.
Since then other daylilies have joined my garden from various sources: gifts from friends, bought at the daylily show and sale, bought in a plastic bag at the big box store.
Every spring I make detailed lists of daylilies I mean to order from a grower from bigger lists where I researched cultivars that meet my criteria: introduced by a southern hybridizer, evergreen, certain sizes, makes a good clump, eyes or not, reblooming and price.