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botanical name:
Dahlia 'Dark Desire'
Dahlia 'Dark Desire' © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.80m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: maroon
stem/bark: maroon
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Small, single, very dark, velvety maroon red flowers with golden yellow stamens, borne on wiry maroon stems. Dark green leaves with a bronzy flush. Attractive and distinctive variety.

Moist, but well drained, fertile medium to heavy loam, preferably neutral or very slightly acid. Sunny position. In cool areas, lift tubers in late autumn and overwinter in a frost-free place.
Deadhead regularly to extend flowering.

By division of tubers or from cuttings.

other notes:
Introduced by Chris Ireland-Jones, Avon Bulbs, 2002.
Protected by Plant Breeder's Rights.
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