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Garden Dahlia

Dahlia x hybrida

Garden dahlia is a popular source of showy blooms and cut-flowers, but its low tolerance of dry, windy conditions make it not particularly well suited to the general growing conditions of the South Plains.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Dahlia x hybrida

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Dahlia x hybrida Plant Information

Scientific Name: Dahlia x hybrida
Common Name: garden dahlia
Family: Asteraceae
Suggested Uses: perennial treated as an annual

beds & borders, cutflowers
Plant Form: upright
Height: 1 - 4 feet
Spread: 1 - 2 feet
Foliage: leaves opposite, 2-pinnate, coarsely toothed margins

coarse-textured foliage is green above, gray below
Flower: red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple ray and disk flowers of various forms
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: light shade - full sun
Water: high / medium water requirement
Soil: preferes soil that is well-drained, moist, and fertile
Heat Tolerance: medium / low heat tolerance
Native Range: Central and South America
Maintenance: propagation by division or stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to aphids and spider mites
Additional Notes: doesn't respond well to hot, dry wind; performance is less than stellar in Texas

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