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Dahlia 'Lilac Time'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilac Time

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 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 the Canna's. This is the 2nd year I have grown it and it has bloomed well each year.

Positive bigcityal 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.


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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