Deeply quilled petals and 5-inch blooms on an easy 2½-foot cactus

Nuit d'Ete Dahlia

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A Vision of the Night

This cactus produces dramatic, petal-packed blooms that seem to devour the sunlight.
Bred for the cutflower market in France, the spidery 5-inch blooms of 'Nuit d'Ete', also known as 'Summer Night', feature tightly quilled petals of a rich burgundy color that darkens to almost pure black at the center. These dramatic flowers somehow look dusky in even the brightest light, and their eye-catching properties make them a great focal piece for bouquets. It's an unbeatable cut-flower, so you may have to plan 2 plantings of this perennial: one in the cutting garden and one in the border! You can cut these blooms all summer long, and they will keep coming on strong! The abundant blooms are great for giving away in gift arrangements.

The blooms begin in mid summer (July) and continue well into fall (whenever frost sets in) on plants 24 to 32 inches high. Give them some support to help hold up the huge, heavy blooms; you don't want to miss a minute of the show they put on!

Dahlia is a sun-lover, happiest in rich, well-drained, moist soil. It is hardy only through zone 8 in the north, so you may want to dig it up at season's end and store it indoors to replant in spring. It forms a tuber, and is easy to tuck away in a shoebox filled with clean kitty litter or vermiculite.

In the vase, 'Summer Night' lasts more than a week, stealing the thunder of all neighboring blooms and inspiring many compliments. Of course, it does exactly the same thing in the garden, so you have a tough choice to make!

Like most Dahlias, 'Summer Night' needs full sun and benefits from very fertile soil--we recommend a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer once a week throughout June. Keep 'Summer Night' well-fed and watered, give it plenty of sun, and it will reward you with an abundance of late-season color! Zones 8 to 10.

'Nuit d'Ete'
Item Form
8 - 10
Bloom Start To End
Mid Summer - Mid Fall
Plant Height
24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width
24 in
Bloom Size
5 in
Additional Characteristics
Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color
Black, Burgundy, Dark Red, Light Cream
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Outdoor
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands