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GLORIE VAN HEEMSTEDE, 1947        Rarest
There’s a Zen-like simplicity to waterlily dahlias. With fewer petals than most, they have a peaceful, uncluttered look, proving once again that less can be more. Winner of the Stredwick Medal, one of the dahlia world’s highest awards, ‘Glorie’ is a buttery yellow of classic form, early blooming, and loaded with flowers. Strong stems make it great for bouquets. 4-5”, 4-5’, from New Hampshire. Chart to compare.
SD23Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
GOLDEN HEART, 1955        Rarest & New
This sunburst of beauty is a warm red-orange brightened by what seem to be rays of golden light streaming from its center. It’s dazzling anytime but we like it best as it carries the torch of summer deep into the cool, waning days of fall. Aka ‘Mary Poppins’, semi-cactus, 6-10”, 4-5’, from Oregon. You might also like ‘Surprise’. Chart to compare.
SD74SOLD OUT1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
JUANITA, 1949
‘Juanita’s big, jewel-toned flowers are a whirl of narrow, curving petals of deep, vibrant burgundy and ruby. Bred in South Africa and named for a flamenco dancer, it’s been one of the most popular dahlias on six continents for decades. 6”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD24Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
KAISER WILHELM, 1881
As seen full-page in Horticulture! This rare souvenir from a lost age is the most antique-looking of all of our dahlias. With neatly curled petals of custard yellow brushed with burgundy, and a green button-eye like an old-fashioned rose, it’s a true Victorian “fancy” dahlia — and one of a mere handful of dahlias that survive from the 10,000 grown in the 19th century. We’re proud to have returned it to American gardens, and in 2007 we celebrated it as our Heirloom Bulb of the Year. 3”, 4-5’, from Oregon. Chart to compare. You might also like 19th-century ‘Stolz von Berlin’ and ‘White Aster’.
SD21SOLD OUT1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
KIDD’S CLIMAX, 1940
Big, beautiful ‘Kidd’s Climax’ is one of the 20th century’s Top 10 dahlias. It offers colossal blooms of an ineffable, sunrise blend of pink and creamy yellow that looks so luscious we bet you’ll want to take a bite. Easy to grow, free-flowering, and sturdy, it’s still winning tons of blue ribbons today at dahlia shows and county fairs across the country. 8-10”, 3-4’, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD17Add to basket:1/$12.503/$345/$5410/$10025/$225
KLANKSTAD KERKRADE, 1954        Rarest
No matter how small your garden is, this compact dahlia with its bouquet-sized poofs of soft, primrose yellow will make you glad you planted it. We love its weird name, too. Klankstad means “Sound City” and Kerkrade is the Dutch town that in 1951 launched what has become the world’s greatest band festival. 3-4”, 3’, semi-cactus, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD68Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
LAVENDER CHIFFON, 1957        Rarest
Cool, man, cool! From the year that brought us Old Yeller, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and the coolest Chevy ever comes this enduring New Zealand classic. With its rippling, snow-white petals blushed with rosy lavender, it may remind you of sea anemones on a coral reef — or senior prom? 4-6”, 4-6’, semi-cactus, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD69Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
LAVENGRO, 1953        Rarest
This big, romantic dahlia is still winning so many blue ribbons almost 60 years after it was introduced that the ADS rates it a “Cream of the Crop” dahlia. Its unusual name is the title of a wildly popular Victorian travel-adventure about life among the gypsies. (When we tried reading it, we discovered we like the dahlia a lot better.) 6-10”, 4’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD48SOLD OUT1/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
LITTLE BEESWINGS, 1909
Over a decade ago when we asked in the ADS Bulletin if anyone grew this relic, we heard from just one person, David Murphy. He eventually sent his entire stock to us with a note: “In recognition of your efforts to preserve old dahlias. Their survival now rests in your hands.” Will you help? Lively and cute, ‘Little Beeswings’ produces an abundance of yellow pompons tipped with flame-red. It’s a fine keeper, too, so you’ll soon have extras to pass along, as David did. 1-2”, 3’, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD31Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
LUTT WICHEN, 1941        Rarest & New
This unusual dwarf could almost be called a ground-cover dahlia. Barely 2 feet tall, it spreads out to make a dense, self-supporting plant 3 feet wide or more — which makes it great for pots, too. Abundant gardenia-like flowers glow against deep green foliage. Its name — often misspelled Leutwitchen — seems to honor Germany’s Little Wichen mountain, but if you can tell us more, please do! Waterlily, 3”, 2’, from Oregon. You might also like ‘White Aster’. Chart to compare.
SD71SOLD OUT1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
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