Species and cultivars you need to learn for class:


Common name: Dahlia

Other cultivars and species: Dahlia used in the landscape are hybrid cultivars. There may be as many as 20,000 cultivars. They are classified based on flower type, single, anemone, collarette, waterlily, decorative, fall, pompon, cactus, semi-cactus and miscellaneous. 

Family: Asteraceae

Zone: 8-10. Lift tubers in and store indoors in northern climates

Identifying characteristics: Divided leaves with toothed margins, often with a purple or dark red cast. Large showy daisy or mum-like flowers, many doubled some single, distinctive flower buds.

Culture and use notes: Use in a mixed border, cut flower garden, as an annual bedding plant or in containers. Dahlia are food plants for some moth species.

USDA Plant profile

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