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PlantFiles: Decorative Dahlia
Dahlia 'Mom's Special'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Mom's Special

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

Bloom Color:
Purple, Wine, Violet

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Aug 2, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Picture I posted does not do the flower true justice. It is a very pretty flower and definately Dinner Plate sized. Estimate 8 to 9 inches across. It is a little shabby but in a very pretty manner. It is only the second Dinner Plate Dahlia I have been able to bring to bloom. It also has more Purple streaks that are visible with the naked eye than the picture seems to show. Planted two Falls ago. I had blooms last year but they were not this big. It was definately worth the wait.


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

Keystone Heights, Florida
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mercer, Pennsylvania

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