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

Nuit d'Ete Dahlia

Bareroot
Item # 35611
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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.

Genus Dahlia
Variety 'Nuit d'Ete'
ItemForm Bareroot
Zone 8 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 24 in - 3 ft
PlantWidth 24 in
BloomSize 5 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Long Bloomers
BloomColor Black, Burgundy, Dark Red, Light Cream
FoliageColor Dark Green
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii