Single Flowered Border Dahlia 'Bishop's Children'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Bishop's Children
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Flower Size:

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

Miniature - up to 4 inches (100 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:





Red, Dark Red


Purple, Wine, Violet



Do not disbud


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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


North Hollywood, California

San Jose, California

Yorba Linda, California

Lutz, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Sandown, New Hampshire

Ronkonkoma, New York

Old Fort, North Carolina

Wren, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 21, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Easy to grow from seed with an early start indoors. Beautiful range of flower colors, and generally beautifully purple-colored foliage that, like their parent 'Bishop of Llandaff', is much more refined (smaller, more deeply cut, and with a finer texture) than most dahlia leaves. Plants generally reach 3-5' tall.

The flowers are 3-4" across, but make up for their modest size by sheer force of numbers. Their size also means they don't nod their heads under their own weight (or break their own stems) like the larger, more double sort.

They are well known to produce tubers that are often too small to winter over reliably in storage.


On Jan 13, 2014, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

So easy to sow and very rewarding. It's always a surprise how the children look like.


On Jul 14, 2009, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Started from seed in Feb/Mar of this year and is now starting to bud up. Should be flowering very soon. The dark foliage looks amazing when paired with a plant thats variegated!(see photo)


On Feb 16, 2009, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Wintersows very well. Blooms are enjoyed towards the end of the summer and through fall.


On May 18, 2008, trioadastra from Ellsworth, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very easy to start from seed. Mine were about 3 feet tall and the foliage looked great in front of a chartruse colored shrub. Unfortunately, they did not store well over the winter. I have heard some say they don't form tubers large enough. My full size dahlias survived in storage, but not these. Lucky for me I have more seed!


On Mar 8, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This dahlia is a descendant of Bishop of Llandaff's dahlia, introduced in 1927. Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit.


On Aug 26, 2006, Pitimpinai from Chicago, IL wrote:

Very pretty colors both flower and foliage. I will grow it again.
Very easy to grow from seeds.


On Feb 24, 2006, EAPierce from Idaho Falls, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

Last year I planted nine 'Bishop's Children' Dahlias (seedlings purchased from a garden center) in various locations with exposure ranging from part to full shade. I expected them to grow about as tall as other dahlia cultivars (18" or so), if that because of the shady locations, and simply be nice little color spots, but they became the most gorgeous, eye-catching plants of the entire garden. They're tall, graceful and the foliage must be seen to be appreciated. It's a silvery dark blue-green in sunlight, and in the shade seemed to have the same color but a little darker and without the silvery attribute. Another thing about the foliage is the symmetrical structure, and due to B.C.'s height (the tallest was 5' ) and width (3' at the base), the symmetry is truly noticeable. The shorte... read more


On Oct 30, 2005, Sarahskeeper from Brockton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Good points;
They make a heck of a nice display of 3 - 5 inch single flowers in a range of pink to burgandy and orange colors from mid summer to frost.
Lovely dark foliage, easy to grow.
Bad points;
They require staking or their 3 to 5 feet will smother any nearby plants.
I bought these seed without realising how tall they grow.
Very impressed with them but they are too tall for me.
Andy P


On Aug 30, 2004, ownedbycats from Southern, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very easy to grow from seed. Dig up tubers after the first frost and store like other dahlia's. Flowers are about 4 inches and single colored. It worked really well in a whiskey barrel this year.