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PlantFiles: Novelty Dahlia
Dahlia 'Be A Sport'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Be A Sport
Hybridized by Swan Island; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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Flower Size:
Small - 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:
Red, Dark Red

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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)

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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

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No positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative shamrockbear On May 5, 2007, shamrockbear from Chicago, IL wrote:

Wont live long bad grower

Neutral Weezingreens On Nov 21, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'Be-A-Sport' is a sport of 'Candy Cane'. It was introduced by Swan Island Dahlias in 1992. They suggest it be treated as a 'novelty' dahlia.

Negative ineedacupoftea On Nov 21, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A strong grower. Garden use. Short stems, not a good cut flower. (Try a bowl) The catalogue shows a red/orange stripe with white tips. White-tipped petals were rare in my garden. Otherwise a nice color combination. Flowers were also borne within the leaves. Disappointing.


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

Gladwin, Michigan

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