Dahlia

Dahlia 'Claire Alauna Obscure'

Dahlia - Dahlia  'Claire Alauna Obscure'

Common Name: Dahlia
Genus: Dahlia
Cultivar: 'Claire Alauna Obscure'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.10 m (110 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Long narrow white-tipped ray-florets that are beetroot purple at their base crowd the fully double flowerheads of this cactus dahlia. Their interesting colouring makes the blooms look like they have been dipped in icing sugar. A sturdy and upright cultivar.

  • Garden care: Stake with canes or brushwood as it becomes necessary. Deadhead and feed regularly to prolong flowering. Provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Once the first frosts have blackened the foliage carefully lift and clean the tubers and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Place the dry tubers in a shallow tray just covered with slightly moist potting compost sand or vermiculite. Store in a frost-free place, checking frequently over the winter months. In warmer areas tubers may be left to overwinter in the ground although they may suffer from slug damage particularly in heavy clay soils.

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