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Diascia barberae 'Darla Orange'
|DIA-DAR-202-F45G||#4.5 Green Pot|
|DIA-DAR-202-LS51||Rooted Cutting 51 CT Tray|
The colorful and long-flowered Darla Orange twinspur has a mounding or trailing habit and profuse blooms of apricot orange. Darla Orange has a spread of 12-14 inches, requiring a space of 10-12 inches to properly grow, and has an optimal height of 12-14 inches. Darla Orange will add a pop of color to any garden. The ability to thrive in full or part sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.
- Breeder: Syngenta Flowers
- Bloom Color: Orange
- Height: 12-14 Inches
- Spread: 12-14 Inches
- Spacing: 10-12 Inches
- Zone: Zones 8 - 9
- RC 102 Tray
Diascia is an upright, warm weather annual and tender perennial. This whimsical plant was relatively unknown to American gardeners until the late 1980s, when many cultivars began to hit the market. All species are native to the temperate regions of southern Africa, grown for their showy flowers. Perennial species may be evergreen or semi-evergreen. These snapdragon relatives tend to be small and can be low and spreading or bushy and upright. The leaves are arranged opposite of each other on the stems and may be heart shaped, oval, elliptical, or also may have toothed edges. Most Diascia have two little nectar spurs behind them, which is why they are commonly called twinspur. The blooms appear on un-branched stems and may be borne on short, loose, or tall upright clusters. The flowers are small, tubular and five-lobed; the lower lobe serves as a landing pad for pollinators and the two upper lobes give rise to the flowers prominent spurs. After pollination, they produce a small capsule filled with tiny black glossy seeds.
The colorful and long-flowered Darla Orange twinspur has a mounding or trailing habit and profuse blooms of apricot orange. The Darla series, bred by Syngenta, is more compact than other Diascia varieties. It is commonly featured as a border plant, in a window box display, or in hanging baskets. Taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Darla Orange grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full to partial sun exposure flower. A unique feature of this variety is that each small flower is tubular with a prominent lip and two rear spurs, or nectarines, which hold nectar for bees and butterflies. Diascia also have a long bloom life. Key features of Diascia Darla Orange are frost tolerance and no deadheading required. In the very hot months flowering may cease, but will resume when temperatures cool.