Dahlia is a genus of about 30 species and 20000 cultivars usually tuberous-rooted perennials. They are native to mountainous areas of Central America.Common name: Dahlia
Scientific name: Dahlia, Dahlia
Plant type: Bulbs, Perennials
Height: 50cm - 1.5m
Spread: 50cm - 1.5m
Flower color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Season of interest: Summer
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Garden type: City & Courtyard Gardens, Informal Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Containers & Pots, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and bedding
They have mid to dark green leaves 20-50cm (8-20in) long. Dahlias are popular for they flowerheads that grow in a variety of forms and colors.
They can be white, yellow, orange, red, pink or purple in such a variation of hues that will make it possible to match with any color range you need to you garden.
Dahlias flower from mid-summer to autumn when the first frosts arrive.
All Dahlias are good for cut flowers and especially the giant-flowered dahlias, are also suitable for exhibition.
Dahlias are classified according to their flower form:
- Single-flowered dahlias
- Waterlily dahlias
- Collerette dahlias
- Anemone-flowered dahlias
- Pompon dahlias
- Ball dahlias
- Semi-cactus dahlias
- Cactus dahlias
- Decorative dahlias
- Miscellaneous dahlias
How to plant dahlias
Dahlias prefer humus-rich fertile soils that drain well in full sun positions.