Types of Dahlias

Bright, bold dazzling dahlias are known for their diverse blooms and extraordinary colors.

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Dahlias Illuminate Sun Drenched Patio

Flamboyant, glamorous, and alluring, dahlias are the divas of the horticultural world. Their head-turning blooms draw the crowds from mid- to late summer until the first frost in fall.

Single Petaled Dahlia Surrounds Central Disc

Single flowering dahlias have a visible central disc, or opened center, and one or just a few rows of petals. The petals are evenly spaced in rows. The flowers tend to be 4 inches or less in diameter, with the plant being shorter than 3 feet tall.

Double Anemone Dahlia has Two Sets of Petals

Double flowering dahlias have multiple rows of petals, and the central disc is obscured. The anemone is single flowering, with an additional ring of petals.

Ball Dahlia

Double flowering, ball dahlias have diameters around 3 inches, with a ball shaped flower. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.

Water Lily Dahlia has Overlapping Petals

Water lily dahlias have overlapping petals that resemble those of a water lily with no central disc. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.

Decorative Dahlias Domed Look with No Central Disc

Decorative dahlias are fully double with no central disc and domed look. The petals are tear shaped or oval. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and color.

Pom Pom Dahlias have Smaller Spherical Shape

Pom pom dahlias are smaller version of ball dahlia, but with a more spherical shape, growing to less than 2 inches in diameter. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classification, based on shape.

Collerette Dahlias have Inner Collar Around Disc

Collerette dahlias are distinguished by an inner collar of smaller petals around a central disc. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.

Cactus Dahlias have Narrow Pointed Spiky Petals

Cactus dahlias are double flowering, with tubular petals that curl back on themselves. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.

Semi Cactus Dahlias Spiky Petals Curve at Tip

Semi cactus dahlias have spiky, pointed petals, a broad base, and curved petal tips. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.

Miscellaneous Dahlias Broad Group of Variations

Miscellaneous dahlias is a broad catagory of dahlias that do not fit into any of the other groups. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classifications, based on petal shape and colors.