Dahlia

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Dahlia (Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff')
DAH-lee-ah
Genus:  Dahlia
With its deep purple-black leaves and brilliant summer blooms, 'Bishop of Llandaff' is a fine addition to the sunny bed or border. The 4- to 6-inch-round red-petaled flowers have deep purple and yellow centers, which are set off nicely by the plant's dark foliage. Use this long-stemmed cultivar in cut-flower arrangements. -Gerald Gibbens, Regional Picks: Northwest, Fine Gardening issue#120
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The bright red blooms stand out against the blackish foliage and make good cut flowers.
Care:  Provide full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Where hardy, protect from winter moisture and deep frosts by mulching heavily in late fall. Otherwise, lift tubers and store over winter.
Propagation:  Division in spring is preferred. Use a sharp knife to sever tubers ensuring that each division has at least one eye.
Problems:  Viruses, crown gall, root rot, wilts, powdery mildew, aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
High
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Foliage Color
Black,
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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