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Dahlia

Sir Alf Ramsey
Family Asteraceae
Name Dahlia Spp.
Etymology
Dahlia Named after Dr. Andreas Dahl, 18th century Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Composite Flowers, Culture / Germination

Dahlia coccinea has been extensively bred and today's cultivars bear little resemblace to the original plant. The flowers vary in size, from miniature (< 100mm) to Giant (> 250mm), shape (eg. formal, decorative, cactus, water lily, collarette), and colour (white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple). Certain cultivars have more than one colour.

Dahlias are deciduous perennials, growing leaves and stems during the Summer and dying down to a "tuber" in the Winter. The tuber is actually a swollen root, modified to store food. Come spring, growth commences from dormant eyes in the crown, fed by the "tuber". The "tuber" do not have growth eyes and will not grow if detached from the crown.



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