The striking Shooting Star Dahlia
has large, spidery flowers of up to 20cm in a delicate pale creamy yellow petals, flushed an irridescent mauve-pink at the tips. This tuberous perennial is lovely combined with white and cream flowers in the centre of a border, or in a pot.
A semi cactus form of dahlia, with a broad base to the petal, more refined at the tip, D. Shooting Star is pretty in flower arrangements, and these blooms last well when cut. Keep picking and deadheading dahlias to encourage even more blooms!
Dahlias are colourful plants ideal for use in mixed herbaceous or bedding borders to give a real splash of colour in late summer and early autumn. They are named after the Swedish botanist A. Dahl, which will help you remember the spelling!
Tubers per pack: 5
Hardiness: Half hardy
Height and Spread: 100cm x 45cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
Position: Full sun / Partial shade
Aspect: East, west or south facing, sheltered
Flowering Period: July – November
Planting: Plant outside after risk of frost has passed, 15cm deep, 60cm apart; or start off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring.
Care: Feed weekly, and water well in hot weather. The tall flower stems will require staking and tying in, but this is well worth the trouble for the magnificent display that they produce. Larger flowers can be obtained by pinching out the side buds and just keeping the terminal buds. Lift the tubers once the foliage has died back and store in a frost-free location in moist sand or compost.