Dahlia Alauna Clair-Obscur
Details36-40" tall. Fimbriata Dahlia Alauna Clair-Obscur is an extraordinary Dahlia that has showy frilled petals with a dark burgundy-purple base that shades to fuchsia then to white. The effect is quite showy! This is a frilled, cactus-type Dahlia that provides many wonderful cut flowers and starts blooming in mid-summer when planted in late spring. Dahlias love lots of heat and sun and enjoy a compost enriched, well drained garden loam for best performance. Easy-to-grow, protect them in windy areas by staking. Cold hardy in zones 8-10. In colder zones lift the bulbs in fall and store in a cool place over the winter. Hybridized from plants native to Central and South America.
|Common Name||Fimbriata Dahlia|
|Zones||8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Purple, White|
|Mature Height||32-36" tall|
|Bulb Spacing||1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1" to 2" below the soil line.|
|Bloom Time||Mid summer until frost|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Acidic Soil|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Additional Information||Can be grown as annuals in zones 3-7. Hardy in zones 8 – 10.|
|Poisonous||Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.|
|Ideal Region||Coastal California, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.
Growing Dahlias: Plant Dahlia tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. Dahlias must be protected from high winds, so we suggest you position them against a wall or be ready to stake them. Keep the plants well-watered and free of bugs, applying flower fertilizer as they grow. Your dahlias will be in full bloom by July or August, with the enormous flowers continuing to bloom until frost. As frost threatens, pull up the roots and trim off the stems. You can store the tubers in a cool dry place until the following spring.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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