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DIASCIA (FLIRTATION® ORANGE)

Image of Diascia 'Dala Oran' (FLIRTATION® ORANGE, FLIRTATION® SERIES) PPAF

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

DIASCIA 'Dala Oran'( FLIRTATION® ORANGE, FLIRTATION® SERIES) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Flirtation® Orange Twinspur, Twinspur

General Description

The prolific and long-flowered Flirtation® Orange twinspur has a compact, rounded habit and produces loads of densely packed, vibrant flowers of coral orange. Its commonly grown as a bedding annual but where hardy it survives as an evergreen perennial.

This fine, herbaceous plant has wiry stems and small, heart-shaped leaves. Delicate, coral-orange flowers appear all season as long as growing conditions are not too hot and water is regular. Each twinspur flower is tubular with a prominent lip and two rear spurs, or nectaries, which hold nectar for bees and butterflies. Hummingbirds have also been known to visit the blooms.

Grow twinspur in full to partial sun and porous, friable, humus-rich soil with an acid to neutral pH. It performs best where summers are cooler and needs constant moisture, especially when grown in containers or placed in warmer, more exposed locations. In very hot months flowering may cease but will resume when temperatures cool in autumn. Trim back plants after blooming wanes to encourage fresh growth and new blooms.

Twinspurs are small and tend to trail, so they are ideal for pots, hanging baskets, window boxes or border edges. Treat them as cool-season annuals where tender.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Coral, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes