Released by the McClaren's in 2004 this lavender/white collarette dahlia is a bit distinctive from most collarettes with it's pointed petal tips. This is my first year growing it and if it's anything like the other Alpen releases I've grown it's most likely to be a very prolific bloomer.
I like Alpen's flowers. I have met Bill McClaren a couple of times. One at a judging class and onece at a book signing. Good man. He sold Alpen a few years back but I think he still does hybrids through them.
Name: Annie Western WA Zone USDA 7b Relax. It's only a small setback.
Love the shading from the collarette petals on this shot, and the outline of purple on those same petals.
I've only had one Alpen variety in white, forgot the name, lost it over winter, but it was a good bloomer. Bill McLaren's Encylcopedia of Dahlias book is a hallmark in the dahlia world, but quite spendy if new and in hardcover from Amazon.