Monday, January 04, 2010
Stellar Class Dahlia
Dahlia 'Alloway Candy'
This is a new Dahlia classification for me. I hadn’t heard of Stellar Dahlias before and here is, from the Connecticut Dahlia Society’s
Form, Sizes and Colors page, the description of the Stellar Class:
“Stellar - Petals break gradually from immature petals to fully developed outer ray florets. The outer petals should be narrow and involute with a slight recurve to the stem. The less mature petals should possess the same narrow and partially involute characteristic. The depth should be 1/2 to 2/3 the diameter of the bloom, with greater depth being ideal.”
‘Alloway Candy’ must have met the criteria but I am not sure. I am sure that it was a beautifully radiant cultivar that was pleasing to the eye. The flowers were at least 5 to 6 inches across and the color had some interesting shading. The whole plant was about 4 feet tall, which is plenty manageable in the Dahlia garden.
As a bonus here is another Dahlia called ‘Magic Moment’. It was a nice white and I liked the way it was growing in the Golden Threadleaf Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'). That plant is actually not a true Cypress but that is a discussion for another day. ‘Magic Moment’ is a Semi-cactus type of Dahlia that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It was introduced in 1983 and ‘Alloway Candy’ was registered in 1970.