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Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

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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 CharacteristicsThe bright red blooms stand out against the blackish foliage and make good cut flowers.

CareProvide 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.

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

ProblemsViruses, crown gall, root rot, wilts, powdery mildew, aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers.

  • Genus : Dahlia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Foliage Color : Black, Purple/Burgundy
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : High
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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