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DAHLIA 'Dracula'

Image of Dahlia 'Dracula' (DARK ANGEL® SERIES)

Mark A. Miller

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

DAHLIA 'Dracula'( DARK ANGEL® SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dahlia, Dracula Dahlia

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The hybrid Dracula dahlia in the Dark Angel® Series produces lots of brightly colored single flowers that shine against its dark purple foliage. The compact, uniform plant is vigorous and high-performing. The 3-inch (9 cm) flowers have eight magenta-fuchsia petals surrounding a dark brown-purple center that displays yellow stamens.

These warm-season, herbaceous tender perennials grow from bulbous underground tubers. Their dark leaves are compound and have toothed edges. Single-form daisies appear continuously through the summer, as long as growing conditions are favorable, and are attractive to bees and butterflies. Remove the old, spent flowers on 'Dracula' to encourage continuous flowering up until the killing frost.

Dahlias prefer well-drained, fertile soil and full to partial sun. Ideally, night temperatures should be comfortably cool, and days should lack overbearing heat and humidity. Dahlias are cold sensitive. In colder regions, plant after the danger of frost has passed and lift tubers before the ground freezes in autumn. In frost-free zones, they can be planted in fall for continuous winter color. Those grown in the tropics should be grown in the cooler, dry season. The Dark Angel® Series contains small plants that are perfect for containers and space-limited borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    14"-16" / 35.6cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Fuchsia

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No