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DAHLIA pinnata var. nana

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

DAHLIA pinnata var. nana

Plant Common Name

Dahlia, Dwarf Dahlia, Dwarf Pinnate Dahlia

Special Notice

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General Description

The cultivars in the Delicious Series are well-branching, upright to mounding, heavy-flowering types and come in an array of colors, and have names referring to sweet condiments. Their flowers are double to semi-double in form.

Pinnate dahlia's simple green leaves on tall herbaceous stems are accented by beautiful, circular and daisy-like flowers in summer and fall. Originally from the mild mountainous regions of Mexico southward to Colombia, it is a tender perennial with bulbous underground tubers that produces nearly evergreen foliage, which is comprised of single, oval and pointed green leaves with toothed margins. When the weather is warm it will produce rounded, daisy-like flowers that are bronze-gold, yellow,white, dark burgundy, orange or pale pink. It is advantageous to remove the old buds from spent flowers to encourage continued flowering.

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. Cultivars of pinnate dahlias are often grown from divisions of tuberous roots and cuttings to preserve their unique characteristics, or grown from seed to create new, interesting colored or shaped flowerheads. All 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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 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

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Orange, Gold, Light Pink, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No