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DAHLIA 'Starsister Scarlet and Yellow'

Image of Dahlia 'Starsister Scarlet and Yellow' (STARSISTER SERIES)

Jesse Saylor

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

DAHLIA 'Starsister Scarlet and Yellow'( STARSISTER SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dahlia, Starsister Scarlet and Yellow Dahlia

Special Notice

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General Description

The dwarf dahlias in the Starsister Series are vigorous, ever-blooming bedding plants. The tidy tender perennials are borne from tuberous roots that can easily be dug and stored indoors where winters are cold. They are bushy and have lush deep green lobed leaves. When conditions are favorable, they become covered with short leafy stems laden with semi-double daisies. These super showy flowers come in shades of lavender, pink, orange, scarlet, crimson, yellow and white. There are also a number of bi-colors and collerette types.

Dahlias prefer full to partial sun and fertile, well-drained soil. For best flowering, night temperatures should be comfortably cool and days should not be too hot or humid. Where tender, lift and store the tubers indoors in loose, dry medium in a cool location. In southern climates they will survive as perennials.

These dahlias are easily grown from seed and should be started indoors in midwinter for late spring planting. Greenhouse grown specimens will begin blooming in eight to ten weeks. When grown under glass they are particularly susceptible to thrips, aphids and whiteflies. They are excellent bedding or container plants. Sadly, their stems are too short for cutting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 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

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Salmon, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No