Purple Dahlia (peony flowered)

Scientific name: Dahlia

Common Name: Purple Dahlia

Dahlias are classed by the form and all of ours are in the “Miscellaneous Class“. Miscellaneous dahlias include Dahlias that do not fall into formally recognized groups (such as single, cactus, semi-cactus, waterlily, ball, pompon, decorative, anemone and collerette). OursĀ are “Peony-flowered” and have long, rounded petals and a yellow center “pad” of stamens. The stamens are jumbled – vice organized.

We have some fall-blooming Dahlias blooming now. An orange dahlia (reported here) plus this one that appears to be kind of red but it is actually purple:

Purple Dahlia

Purple Dahlia

Purple Dahlia

Purple Dahlia

Dahlias are not hardy and the tubers must be protected against frost. In our area (zone 8b) we can leave the tubers in the ground over the winter and they will come back in the spring. Alternately, one could dig the tubers and store them over the winter and even get an early start by potting them in a heated greenhouse.

For more information about growing dahlias, visit Dahlias.com website or the Puget Sound Dahlia Association website.

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