'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 CharacteristicsSalmon-colored, unusual blooms on a 5-foot-tall plant.
CareProvide 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.
PropagationDivision in spring is preferred. Use a sharp knife to sever tubers ensuring that each division has at least one eye.
ProblemsSlugs, snails, rabbits, earwigs, aphids.
- Genus : Dahlia
- Zones : 10, 11, 9
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : High
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest