Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dahlia imperialis

Dahlia imperialis, white and lilac-pink forms
This spectacular 7metre tall growing perennial is native to Mexico ,Guatemala and south to Colombia. At this time of year the tall bamboo like stems are crowned with large bunches of nodding lilac-pink or white flowers.which are much loved by bees. It is easily grown but needs a spot sheltered from strong wind with reasonably fertile soil and good moisture. It will tolerate cold down to about minus 3C. After flowering the stems can be cut to ground level and if cut into 30cm pieces can be used as propagation material. These are best laid flat in a sandy soil mix just barely covered . New shoots will appear in Spring from the nodes after which they can be planted out.
2017 update: I currently don't have any plants of it for sale.

1 comment:

  1. Do you sell seed or plants of this Dahlia. I wanted it for a long time but could not find it anywhere. Please let me know.