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Dahlia 'Myrtle's Folly'

Dahlia 'Myrtle's Folly' Photo/Illustration: Daryl Beyers


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Dahlia 'Myrtle's Folly' DAL-ee-ah Genus: Dahlia
If you like the combination of peach and pink, you'll love 'Myrtle's Folly', whose narrow, twisted petals of deep pink and light orange  mature to reveal a yellow center. Perhaps too ungainly to use as a border plant, 'Myrtle's Folly' will provide a reliable supply of flowers that look perfect in a vase. -Alastair Gunn, Dahlias that deliver, Fine Gardening issue #121
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.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Orange/ Salmon Flower; Pink Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower
Style Cottage Garden, Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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