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Dahlia ‘Honka’

Dahlia 'Honka'

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‘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

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