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Dahlia coccinea hybrids

Common Name:
Dahlia
Plant Type:
Tuberous perennial
Family:
Asteraceae (The Sunflower Family)
Geographic Origin:
Central America
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
3-5 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Summer and fall
Flower Color:
Various colors
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
Bushy, slender stemmed plants are 3-5 feet tall, with large, twice-divided leaves in shades of green to dark green or burgundy. The over 2 inch single to semi-double flower heads range from bright orange-scarlet to magenta, yellow or violet and are borne in loose clusters at the shoot tips from midsummer to fall. Best in a sunny site with rich, reasonably well drained soil and moderate watering while in growth and bloom. Root-hardy despite freezes of 15 degrees F or less, though fairly tender above ground. These hybrids need no staking.