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Dinner Plate Dahlia, Dinnerplate Dahlia 'Lilac Time'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilac Time
Hybridized by Torrance-Hopkins
Registered or introduced: 1939
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Flower Size:

Medium - 6 to 8 inches (150 to 200 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:

Lilac, Lavender, Mauve



Do not disbud


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)



Other details:

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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)


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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:


Aurora, Illinois

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dallas, Oregon

Issaquah, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 21, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ok starting with the negative side of the house...I know color can be somewhat objective but my Lilac Time is not very Lilac as I understand Lilac. Second, the Lilac Time in my garden is not very Dinner plate. Three of these blooms would be about the same size as one Kevin Floodlight bloom. I have considered possibly that it was mislabled but I checked out various vendors and some of them do show a color close to mine. OK now the positive. I am not sorry at all for what I have and it's not going anywhere. It puts out 4 and 5 blooms at a time and they are about 5" in size. Big enough to stand out from across the yard. From a distance it is almost a bright magenta and I have it planted in the Canna garden. It's bright color really compliments the bright red's, yellows and oranges of... read more


On Oct 28, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Well there is no doubt - this is a big purple flower. For me it didn't have a lot of flowers and they were on short stems so I would recommend to disbud to help.