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Informal Decorative Dahlia
Dahlia 'Bodacious'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Bodacious
Hybridized by Gitts
Registered or introduced: 2002
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Section:

Decorative

Flower Size:

Giant - over 10 inches (250 mm) diameter

Large - 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:

Yellow

Red, Dark Red

Pruning:

Disbud

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Stanford, California

Clinton, Connecticut

Groton, Massachusetts

Gladwin, Michigan

Binghamton, New York

Southold, New York

Mantua, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Stayton, Oregon

Provo, Utah

Bothell, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 14, 2010, mbabbitt from Bothell, WA wrote:

This is truly a great dahlia. I grow mine in a large Whiskey barrel and it grows a huge plant with many massive flowers blooming at once. As soon as it blooms, you realize why this is a favorite of many dahlia lovers.

Positive

On Aug 5, 2008, greathorse from Gladwin, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

this is my first year growing dahlia's and this was my first bloom.WOW.... it is huge!!!!! i wish i had about a dozen of these.

Positive

On Sep 23, 2007, David_Paul from Clinton, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

First year growing Dahlais so take my comments as what they are--from someone who knows little about growing Dahlias.

Bought 9 tubers, 6 cultivars, from Parks Seeds. One never came up, two have buds but have yet to bloom (today is Sept 22--all were planted June 12th). Bodacious beat the ones which have bloomed by two weeks. They are the biggest, heathiest plants out of the 9 tubers and 6 cultivars.

How that fits into the date to bloom of a range of Dahlias, I don't know. But Bodacious is terrific for my zone (I do have full sun) and I'll grow it as long as I grow flowers. Its a real wow...everyone is impressed.

Neutral

On Feb 14, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

ADS Awards: Derrill W. Hart medal

Originator: Gitts, 2002

Positive

On Jul 31, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Sturdy stems, lots of buds, stingy tuber maker. BUT, it was one of my favorite dahlias this year. It's twirling petals hid any slight insect damage. It's a big plant and needs a strong stake.

Positive

On Nov 5, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

This well-endowed hybrid is a very strong plant that has high flower production, (Flamin' flower factory!) long/strong stems for cutting, and (as I accidentally found out upon running out of real garden space) can thrive in soil where woodstove ashes are deposited. Everyone's favorite dahlia who visits my garden, and the only dahlia to successfully compete well with castor beans.