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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
MADAME STAPPERS, 1947        Rarest
Our photos don’t show you the best thing about ‘Madame Simone Stappers’ — it grows as a dense, rounded, all but self-supporting mound about 2½ feet tall that looks more like a small shrub or a peony than a dahlia. With dark-chocolate foliage and radiant blooms, it’s stunning in perennial borders — or try one in a big beautiful pot. Preserved by the British National Collection, 3”, 2½’, semi-double, from Holland. (For another great dark-leaved dahlia, see Bishop of Llandaff.) Chart to compare.
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MISS ROSE FLETCHER, 1948        Web-Only & New
It’s back! This angelically soft pink sunburst would be perfect for a frothy Sweet-16 party, a summer wedding, a pastel cottage garden, or (best of all) a simple vase on your desk or kitchen counter from August till frost. Australian-bred, it was introduced to great acclaim shortly after WWII, a peaceful beauty for a new age. 4-6” 4’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD18Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
MRS. I. DE VER WARNER, 1920        Rarest
Preserved by a Kentucky farm family since the 1930s, this remarkable dahlia is hardy enough to survive most winters in the ground in mid-zone 6 and then bloom weeks before any other. A tall, lavender rose beauty, it came to us from 80-something Joyce Dowell who inherited it decades ago from her dahlia-loving grandmother, Fannie Williams. You can read their whole wonderful story here. Then plant this rare relic and when it blooms, remember Joyce and Fannie. 5-6”, 5-6’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD52SOLD OUT1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
NELLIE BROOMHEAD, 1897        Rarest
When a Japanese dahlia collector offered us this rare jewel, we were thrilled. Much like the old ‘Seven Sisters’ rose, it blooms with flowers ranging from almost white to vibrant rosy lavender. Praised and pictured in Gordon’s 1912 Dahlias, it’s the only one of hundreds in that classic book that still survives. Pompon, 3-4’, from Holland. Chart to compare. For a similar 19th-century pompon, see ‘Stolz von Berlin’.
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NITA, 1959        Web-Only & New
This speckled beauty is a variegated form of ‘Juanita’, one of the 20th century’s most popular dahlias. It’s just as strong growing and floriferous as ‘Juanita’, but its flowers are a lively lavender-pink — aka “radiant orchid,” the 2014 Color of the Year — delicately streaked and stippled with burgundy. Discovered by a backyard dahlia grower in tiny Brighton, Illinois, it went on to become a record-setting award-winner. Cactus, 6”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD76Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.50Limit 3, please.
NONETTE, 1958
In his celebrated poem “Pied Beauty,” Gerard Manley Hopkins praises all things dappled, stippled, brindled, and freckled — so you know he would have loved ‘Nonette’. Set against dark green leaves, its apricot petals are intricately speckled and streaked with burgundy for a look that’s as natural as a finch’s egg yet totally sumptuous. Wow! Waterlily, 4-6” 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD64Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
OLD GOLD, 1947        Rarest
Martha Stewart Living has featured this burnished beauty in the garden and stylish, hand-made vases of our good customer Frances Palmer. Brush-stroked with ruddy orange on amber, its flowers have a lively, almost flickering effect in the garden and improve any fall bouquet. 4-5”, 5-6’, from New Hampshire. You might also like ‘Surprise’. Chart to compare.
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POPULAR GUEST, 1957
Fringed dahlias like this glamorous lavender beauty are called “laciniated” in the US, “fimbriated” in England, but the French say it best: dentelle or lace-work dahlias. They first came into vogue in the ’50s, and ‘Popular Guest’ — with its echoes of Sputnik lamps and starburst Formica — has a mid-century vibe that’s enduringly cool. 4-6”, 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD65Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
PRINCE NOIR, 1954        Rarest
Tall, dark, and handsome, this ‘Black Prince’ offers up armful after armful of ruffled, semi-cactus blooms of deep, dark burgundy that are just the right size for bouquets. (Try it with ‘Andries Orange’, if you dare.) We grow lots of great dahlias here, but this one seems to be on everybody’s list of favorites. Reintroduced by us in 2004 from the UK National Collection. 4-5”, 5-6’, heat-tolerant, now grown in Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD37SOLD OUT1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
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