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DAHLIA 'Blue Bell'
Blue Bell Dahlia, Dahlia, Informal Decorative Dahlia
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Few garden plants rival dahlias as everblooming bedding plants or cut flowers, and the medium purple blooms of 'Blue Bell' make this point. Introduced around 2004, this hybrid produces purple ("blue" in the dahlia world) flowers that are considered informal double in form. They measure 4 to 9 inches (10 to 23 cm) in diameter. Multiple rows of oval petals overlap to create a handsome flower head that lasts a long time. Remove the spent flowers to encourage continued flower production up until frost. The dahlia is a herbaceous, warm-season, tender perennial with bulbous underground tubers. Its compound green foliage is made of oval and pointed leaflets with toothed margins.
Dahlias prefer well-drained, fertile soil and full to partial sun. The most beautiful flowers occur when nights are comfortably cool and days warm and sunny. Hybrid dahlias are often grown from divisions of tuberous roots and cuttings to preserve their unique characteristics. Dahlias are cold sensitive and their tuberous roots should be lifted and overwintered in cool dry locations where winters are harsh. In hot, humid subtropical regions the dahlia is best grown in the late fall and winter with the start of the dry season.
12 - 1
8 - 11
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
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
28"-36" / 71.1cm - 91.4cm
18"-25" / 45.7cm - 63.5cm
Purple, Blue Violet
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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