Understanding Dahlia Types: A Guide to Classification and Formation

Understanding Dahlia Types: A Guide to Classification and Formation

Dahlias are a type of flower that come in a wide variety of colors and types. They are a favorite of gardeners and flower enthusiasts because of the beautiful blooms they produce. Dahlia flowers can range from small single blooms to large pompon or anemone-flowered types.

One popular type of dahlia is the variegated dahlia, which has petals that are two different colors. Another type is the brown dahlia, which has deep reddish-brown petals. These flowers are particularly nice for cut arrangements.

Dahlia flowers come in many shapes and sizes. Some have tubular petals, while others have curled or fimbriated petals. There are even dahlia varieties that have pompon-shaped blooms, which resemble little balls of color.

The formation of a dahlia flower begins with a seed that is planted in the ground. The plant grows over the course of the year, and in about 4 to 6 months, it will start to produce flowers. The flowers can be harvested and enjoyed for several months.

In terms of classification, dahlias are grouped into different categories based on their characteristics. The American Dahlia Society has a classification system that categorizes dahlias into various classes, such as the pompon, cactus, and orchid classes.

One popular dahlia variety is the Sophie Burgess, which is a type of cactus dahlia. It has vibrant pink flowers with petals that overlap, creating a beautiful and full bloom. Another popular variety is the Heather Anne, which is a pompon dahlia with small, tightly curled flowers.

In general, dahlias are suitable for growing in the garden or in containers, as long as they receive plenty of sun and water. They are also a great choice for those looking to add a pop of color to their landscape, as there are dahlias available in almost every color imaginable.

If you’re new to growing dahlias, it’s a good idea to do some research and read up on the different types and care requirements. There are many resources available online, as well as forums and gardening communities where you can ask questions and share your own experiences.

So whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, dahlias are a great choice for adding beauty and color to your garden. With so many different types to choose from, there’s sure to be a dahlia that you’ll love.

Floret’s Favorite Dahlia Varieties

If you are a fan of dahlias, then you will love the Floret Team’s favorite dahlia varieties. These tubular-shaped flowers come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and petal types, making them a popular choice for gardeners and floral enthusiasts alike.

One of our favorite varieties is the Doris Pink. This group of decorative dahlias has beautiful curled petals that create a layered and textured look. They are a much-loved variety thanks to their versatility and ability to add a touch of elegance to any garden or floral arrangement.

Another favorite is the Star 8th, which is known for its stunning anemone-flowered blooms. These dahlias have a central disk surrounded by a ring of shorter petals, giving them a unique and eye-catching form. They are a great choice for adding a pop of color and interest to any garden or bouquet.

If you are looking for a smaller dahlia variety, the Jessica Burgess is a fantastic option. These decorative dahlias produce small, perfectly formed flowers that are loved for their vibrant colors and compact size. They are ideal for border edging or adding a splash of color to smaller gardens.

The Jenny 11- is another decorative dahlia that we highly recommend. These dahlias have beautiful, single-petaled flowers that reach up to 2 feet in height. They are known for their exceptional flowering ability, producing an abundance of blooms throughout the season.

If you prefer cactus dahlias, the Debbie Schule is a must-have. These dahlias have a unique and striking form, with curled and twisted petals that create a spiky appearance. They are incredibly productive and will provide you with an abundance of blooms to enjoy.

The Sophie is another favorite cactus dahlia variety. These dahlias feature large, fully double flowers with pointed petals that curl inwards. They are a great option for adding a burst of color and texture to your garden or cut flower arrangements.

Cindy’s Backstreet is a versatile dahlia variety that can be classified as both decorative and cactus. These dahlias have vibrant flowers with a mix of single and double petals, giving them a unique and eye-catching appearance. They are known for their long vase life, making them a popular choice for floral arrangements.

Lastly, the Alma Linda is a striking dahlia with its deep burgundy petals and yellow center. This decorative dahlia blooms from December to January and is a great option for adding a splash of color to your winter garden.

These are just a few of our favorite dahlia varieties. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to discover a dahlia that captures your heart and brings beauty to your garden or floral creations.

Fall Mini Course

The Fall Mini Course is a unique opportunity for gardeners to learn about the classification and formation of dahlias. Hosted by Heather Kilburn and Stacy Anderson, this course will take place from September 18th to September 24th, 2021.

In this course, Heather Kilburn, a renowned dahlia breeder, will explain the different types of dahlias and how they are bred. She will share her knowledge and expertise in a way that is accessible to both beginners and experienced gardeners.

Stacy Anderson, a seasoned gardener and lover of dahlias, will discuss the care and maintenance of dahlias. She will offer tips on planting and growing dahlias, as well as advice on pest control and disease prevention.

The course will cover various topics, including the different forms of dahlias, such as ball, fimbriated, pompon, cactus, semi-cactus, and decorative. Heather and Stacy will also explain the different sizes of dahlias, ranging from small to large blooms.

Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and ask questions. There will be a dedicated time for sharing tips and tricks for successful dahlia cultivation, as well as conversations about arranging dahlias in garden borders or bouquets.

By the end of the course, participants will have a deeper understanding of dahlias and will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to grow and care for their own dahlias. Whether you’re a seasoned dahlia gardener or just discovering the beauty of these flowers, this course is suitable for gardeners of all levels.

Date Topic Instructor
September 18th Introduction to Dahlias Heather Kilburn
September 22nd Different Types and Forms of Dahlias Heather Kilburn
September 24th Care and Maintenance of Dahlias Stacy Anderson

If you’re interested in participating in the Fall Mini Course, please contact Jessica Carey at [email protected] to register. Spaces are limited, so make sure to sign up early!

Discovering Dahlias

When looking to discover the wonderful world of dahlias, you’ll find that there are always new varieties to explore and enjoy. Dahlias are a popular flowering plant that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

The first classification of dahlias occurred in the 12th and 13th centuries, and since then, many new varieties have been discovered. Dahlias are classified into several groups, including the Paeony, Decorative, Cactus, Waterlily, Anemone, and other groups. Each group has its own unique characteristics and features.

Dahlias can range in size from small, mini varieties to large, dinner plate-sized blooms. The number of florets in a dahlia flower can vary greatly as well, with some varieties having as few as 5 florets and others having as many as 8 or 9. The shape of the florets can also vary, with some being curled or tubular.

There are a number of popular dahlia varieties that you might come across when discovering dahlias, such as the “Linda” variety, which has 18-24 florets and a star-shaped base. Another popular variety is the “Susan” dahlia, which has 7 overlapping florets. The “Corinne” variety is known for its curled florets, and the “Rondi” variety has 26 florets.

One of the great things about dahlias is that they are relatively easy to care for and can be grown in a variety of garden beds. They prefer well-drained soil and should be planted in a sunny spot. Dahlias also benefit from support, especially the larger varieties, so be sure to provide stakes or cages for them to lean on.

When it comes to colors, dahlias come in a wide range of shades and hues. You’ll find dahlias in vibrant hues like red, orange, and yellow, as well as softer pastel colors like pink and lavender. There are also dahlias with variegated petals, meaning they have multiple colors in each floret.

So, if you’re looking to discover dahlias and add them to your garden, you’ll find a wealth of variety and beauty to enjoy. Whether you prefer the small and delicate “Mini” varieties or the large and showy dinner plate dahlias, there’s a dahlia out there for everyone.

A Year in Flowers

Here’s a breakdown of the different types of dahlias you can expect to see throughout the year. With over 25 different types of dahlias, they come in all shapes and sizes. From the large and showy dinner plate varieties to the small and delicate pompon dahlias, there’s a dahlia for everyone.

For those who enjoy warmer weather, dahlias really come into their own from April to June. During this time, you can discover dahlias such as the Fimbriated, which have delicate, fringed petals, or the Cactus dahlias with their spiky petals that give them a unique texture.

As the summer months roll in, you’ll find dahlias like the Single-flowered varieties, such as the King and Queen dahlias, which have a single row of petals and are known for their simplicity and elegance. There are also the Collerette dahlias, which have a ring of shorter petals around a central disc, creating a beautiful contrast of colors.

In August, the Pompon dahlias make their debut. These dahlias have small, perfectly rounded flowers that resemble fluffy pompoms. They come in a wide range of colors and are a favorite among many gardeners. Also in August, you can find the Stellar dahlias, which have slightly flattened petals and a unique star-like appearance.

When September arrives, it’s time to enjoy the Orchid dahlias. These dahlias have fully double flowers that resemble orchids, hence their name. They come in a variety of colors and are a stunning addition to any garden.

By October, dahlias such as the Miniature Ball dahlias take the stage. As the name suggests, these dahlias have small, ball-shaped flowers and are perfect for borders and pots. In addition, you’ll find the decorative dahlias, which have large, fully double flowers with flattened petals.

As we approach the end of the year, November brings us the Waterlily dahlias. These dahlias have wide, open flowers that resemble water lilies, and their soft colors add a touch of elegance to any garden. Finally, in December, dahlias like the Pompom dahlias make their appearance again, bringing the year full circle.

With so many different types of dahlias to choose from, it’s no wonder they’ve become such a beloved flower. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, there’s a dahlia variety for everyone. So go ahead and explore the world of dahlias – you might just discover your new favorite flower!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.