‘Honka’ has a simple, cheerful charm. Its eight-petaled, star-shaped flowers are lightly scented (not many dahlias are fragrant). ‘Honka’ brings a subtle presence to the late-summer border. Sturdy stems support the flowers above the plant and look good in the front of the border alongside taller perennials with a backdrop of dark foliage. No staking is required. -Alastair Gunn, Dahlias that deliver, Fine Gardening issue #121
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSimple, pale yellow, spidery flowers. Lightly fragrant. Doesn't need staking.
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. 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
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11, 9
- Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Flower Color : Yellow