An enchanting dahlia from the Semi-cactus dahlia group (group 9). A medium-sized border dahlia. Bred in 1963. Originator: Bruidegom.
It reaches a height of up to 90 cm and a width of 45-60 cm. Its flowers are very colourful. They appear in Oni macro form, in warm tones. The petals are orange in colour and the tips are white. Therefore, this dahlia will add an exotic touch to any planting scheme, and it looks particularly good in a 'warm' tone garden. The flowering basket-like inflorescence is about the size of a dinner plate, 20-25 cm in diameter. Fragrance-free. The petals (lingual flowers) are large and fairly wide at the base. They are also slightly curved, rolled up into a tube at half (or less) the length and diverging in all directions from the middle of the flower. Their tips are pointed. The tubular flowers are small. The inflorescences of this dahlia bear a resemblance to cacti and ornamental dahlias, so they are often confused. They are considered the best for cuttings. It also looks good in the garden, in flowerbeds and borders, either as a single or mixed planting.
Color Spectacle prefers to grow in light, nutritious soils. The location for it is full sun (south-eastern exposure). It should be planted in May after the threat of frost has passed. The planting distance should be 50 cm apart. The planting depth is 15 cm. Dahlias are heat-loving plants. They can withstand frosts as low as -5 °C. The tubers are dug out for the winter and stored in slightly damp peat, in a dark and cool but frost-free place. Like all dahlias, it flowers from July to October.