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Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia

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'Alauna Clair-Obscur' is a captivating Cactus Dahlia with a concentrated pink center and petals that fade out to pure white at the tips. Like other cactus dahlias, 'Alauna Clair-Obscur' has fringed, twisted petals that lend a sense of texture and depth to the garden. Easy to care for, this dramatic bloomer will produce abundantly in full sun and looks great when cut for arrangements. (Dahlia)

Zones 3 - 10
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Summer until frost
Size Bag of 3
SKU ASB6S03

Plant Information

Why Gardeners love Dahlias: Dahlias are one of the most rewarding summer flowers of all. They're really easy to grow with spectacular results. If you know them, you know all about it. If you don't, here is the information you need. Prepare to become 'hooked.' First of all, Dahlias are great for cutting, as you can see in the large top photo of an arrangement showing a lavish deep red dahlia right next to a large, voluptuous rose. Dahlias are native to Mexico, but there's about as much resemblance between the original and the Dutch hybrids as there is between an old toy car and a brand new Mercedes. Dahlias for today's gardeners offer a really big gardening treat. The 'bulbs' are actually tubers, and look a lot like peony roots--sort of like a bunch of carrots. The plants grow quickly and some grow quite tall, always with lush deep green foliage.

Types of Dahlias: These plants have been hybridized into various heights from short bedding plants to tall bushy ones. But they are officially categorized by flower type or shape. The term, 'Dinnerplate Dahlia' is probably the most famous description, and though all gardeners use the term, it is not an official classification. 'Dinnerplates' are, simply put, the large plants with the huge flowers. The always-double flowers are up to 8', sometimes a whopping 10' across, so the name makes sense. Here are the official classifications:

'Decorative Dahlias' This group includes the Dinnerplates and also other taller (to 4 ft.) plants with double, chrysanthemum-like flowers. The famous 'Shogun Dahlias' are as tall as Decoratives, but have very heavy bloom of smaller bi-colored flowers for gardeners who want a large bushy plant covered with color.

Growing Dahlias: All the gardener needs to do is plant the tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. It's best to position them against a wall or be ready to stake them, since they are brittle, and must be protected from high winds. (If you've grown perennial Delphiniums, the plant size and growth is similar, but success with Dahlias is much easier.) Keep them free of bugs, well-watered, and well-fertilized as they grow, and your dahlias will begin to set buds by midsummer and be in full bloom, usually during July or August. Then the huge flowers keep coming until frost. When frost threatens, just pull the roots up, cut off the stems, and store the tubers until the following spring. Each fall, you'll be amazed how the 'bulbs' have multiplied during the summer, giving you more and more to divide and enjoy the next year.

One expert has said, 'Never have so many gardeners received so much for so little work, as when they grow dahlias.''

SKU ASB6S03
Common Name Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia
Botanical Name Cactus Dahlia Alauna Clair-Obscur
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Serrated oval-shaped green foliage.
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1-2" below the soil line.
Bloom Time Summer until frost
Days to Bloom Blooms in 56-98 days. (8-14 weeks)
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Flower Size 6-8" flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Containers
Additional Information Perennial in zones 8-10. Annual in zones 3-7.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts. Toxic to dog, cats and horses.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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3.0

Beautiful blooms

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from Worcester, MA

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Comments about American Meadows Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia:

Grown in containers. Many many beautiful blooms. Not as large as I had expected, since they were advertised as "dinner plate".

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5.0

Beautiful

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  • Attractive
  • Healthy

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    Comments about American Meadows Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia:

    Still have a couple in protected area under trees blooming now (11-3-2016)

     
    2.0

    New to dahlias

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    from Louisville, KY

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Pests & Disease

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    Comments about American Meadows Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia:

    Dahilas are new to my garden. I was wanting this to be used as a cut flower for indoor arrangements. I didn't get many blooms, will try again next year.

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    1.0

    Never bloomed

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    from Omaha, NE

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      • Small In Size

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        Comments about American Meadows Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia:

        Grew to 2.5ft high, but never bloomed. Never trying another Dahlia. Too much trouble lifting in fall, replanting in spring, and little reward.

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        4.0

        The most Prolific of the 9 bulbs I received.

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        from York, PA

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        Pros

        • Attractive

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Flimsy
        • Pests & Disease
        • Weak Heads When Cut

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        • Garden
        • Patio

        Comments about American Meadows Alauna Clair-Obscur Cactus Dahlia:

        Cut some for vase on dinner table but they don't last long and bugs don't want to rinse off. Have to select carefully. These are better as patio color.

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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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