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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.
SD21Add to basket:1/$10.503/$28.505/$4510/$8425/$189
KELVIN FLOODLIGHT, 1959        New
This giant dinner-plate is the biggest dahlia we offer — a huge 10 to 12 inches across when well grown — but size is only one of its many impressive qualities. It’s also so easy to grow that it’s often recommended for beginners. It blooms a lot, its stems are strong, and its sunny, light yellow color manages to be bright without being glaring or harsh. Gardeners have been enjoying it for over 50 years now, and it always impresses the neighbors! Formal decorative, 8-12”, 3-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD81Add to basket:1/$6.753/$18.505/$2910/$5425/$122
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/$11.503/$31.505/$49.5010/$9225/$207
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.
SD48Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
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
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. Chart to compare.
SD71Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$72Limit 10, please.
MADAME STAPPERS, 1947        Web-Only & Rarest
Only 40 available this spring! 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’-3’, semi-double, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD56Add to basket:1/$11.503/$31.505/$49.50Limit 5, please.
MISS ROSE FLETCHER, 1948        New
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/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
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