Dahlia 'Bed Head'

Dahlia 'Bed Head'

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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(Dahlia 'Bed Head')
DAL-ee-ah
Genus:  Dahlia

'Bed Head'  is a tall plant with 4-inch-wide salmon-colored blooms with an unusually tangled appearance. It flowers less abundantly than many other dahlias, but is striking nonetheless. 'Bed Head' is a lush grower that benefits from strong staking. Plant it at the back of the border, and show it off as a cut flower in a vase. -Alastair Gunn, Dahlias that deliver, Fine Gardening issue #121

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Salmon-colored, unusual blooms on a 5-foot-tall plant.

Care: 

Provide full sun, except in the South, where some shade is preferred, and well-drained soil. Pinching off the first flower bud promotes a bushier plant. Use strong stakes, placing the first one into the hole at planting time. Deadhead regularly.

Propagation: 

Division in spring is preferred. Use a sharp knife to sever tubers ensuring that each division has at least one eye.

Problems: 

Slugs, snails, rabbits, earwigs, aphids.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
High
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Flame,
Salmon
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Dahlia 'Bed Head'