Dahlia 'Mercator'
Dahlia 'Mercator'
Dahlia 'Mercator'
Dahlia 'Mercator'

Dahlia 'Mercator'

Dahlia 'Mercator'

1 tuber — £2.73

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Description

Feel like a touch of Christmas in the middle to end of summer? Dahlia 'Mercator' could do that for you. This very large cactus dahlia looks a lot like a bunch of candy canes shooting out from the centre. Thin red stripes appear on the long vanilla tubular petals providing that image of the Christmas treat. They are also reminiscent of a Mercator Projection – a cylindrical map introduced during the 16th Century and used nautically because its course lines are straight. In the flower the red lines radiate straight from the centre. This flower can reach 9inches or 22,5cm, so it’s “map” will certainly give your garden direction.

The flower of Dahlia 'Mercator' can reach 9 inches or 22,5 cm, so it’s map will certainly give your garden direction.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Dahlia 'Mercator'

  • Flower colour

    Yellow, red

  • Tuber size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 tubers per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

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  • Planting
  • Flowering

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