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PlantFiles: Single Flowered Border Dahlia
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)


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous 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.

Positive saya 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.

Positive SW_gardener 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)

Positive Anitabryk2 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.

Positive trioadastra 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!

Neutral berrygirl 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.

Positive Pitimpinai 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.

Positive EAPierce 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 shortest specimen (about 3 1/2 ft.- oddly enough also the one in the sunniest location) grew straight as an arrow and was compass-accurate: three tiers of four branches, each pointing exactly north, south, east, west. That's probably somewhat due to an accident of its original placement, but stunning nonetheless, and the taller ones were almost as ridiculously perfect. I didn't need to stake mine, but would have if frost had come any later than it did. And the blooms? Long-lasting and purty, purty, purty. All sorts of warm, vibrant colors that brightened up the shade gardens considerably. They didn't seem to last more than half a day as cut flowers for me, but would likely dry well and serve as a decorative potpourri ingredient, which I might try this year as I'll be planting them again, this time as border accents. They required very little care and grew extremely well in the heavy clay soil of my SE Idaho region. 'Bishop's Children' has become my favorite dahlia, and a must have on my annual flowers list. I love 'em.

Neutral Sarahskeeper 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

Positive ownedbycats 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.


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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