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DAHLIA 'Black Beauty'

Image of Dahlia 'Black Beauty'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

DAHLIA 'Black Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Black Beauty Dahlia, Dahlia, Waterlily Dahlia

General Description

The dahlia 'Black Beauty' bears semi-double, dark maroon, yellow-eyed blossoms on compact, leafy, well-branched plants. It flowers in late summer and autumn from seed planted in spring.

Dahlias are frost-tender, summer-growing perennials that grow from bulbous underground tubers. Their rich green compound leaves have oval, toothed leaflets. The colorful flowers continue for many weeks and are attractive to bees and butterflies. Remove the spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

Dahlias prefer well-drained, fertile soil and full to partial sun. Ideally, night temperatures should be comfortably cool, and days should lack overbearing humidity. Most hybrids are propagated from divisions or root cuttings, but 'Black Beauty' is usually started from seed. Seed sown in warm soil germinates in about a week. Plant out seedlings in spring after danger of frost has passed. Save the seeds or tubers in fall for replanting next spring. In frost-free tropical regions, dahlias may be planted in fall for continuous winter and early spring color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold, Dark Red, Chocolate, Black

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No