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James H. Schutte
Bodacious Dahlia, Dahlia, Informal Decorative Dahlia
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Few garden plants rival dahlias as everblooming bedding plants and cutflowers, and the giant, fiery flowers of 'Bodacious' illustrate this point perfectly! Introduced in 2002, this hybrid received the Derrill W. Hart medal. The massive "dinner-plate" flowers, measuring no less than 10 inches (25 cm) across, are a combination of yellow, orange-red and white. The long-lasting flower head comprises numerous rows of pointed petals, creating an informal decorative class dahlia. The youngest, upper petals are yellow, then blush with more orange-red. The oldest, lower petals in the flower curl and reveal white undersides. It is good to 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. Stake and tie the upright stems of 'Bodacious' to prevent wind or rains from toppling them.
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
40"-48" / 101.6cm - 121.9cm
26"-38" / 66.0cm - 96.5cm
White, Gold, Orange Red
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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