Dahlia Flowers: Remarkable Of The Night

by Australian Flowers

Dahlias are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colours. They have a rich history and symbolism that spans many cultures. If you’re looking to add some dahlia flowers to your garden or want to know more about their meaning, keep reading!

Dahlia Flowers

Dahlia Flowers

This flower is a type of flower that has several different meanings and symbolism depending on the culture. In the United States, for example, dahlias symbolize elegance and grace, while in Mexico, they are seen as a symbol of strength and independence. They are also a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions.


These flowers are native to Mexico, where the Aztecs cultivated them. The dahlia was named after Swedish botanist Anders Dahl. It was introduced to Europe in the 18th century and became popular in Victorian England.


It is a flowering plant that is native to Mexico. It was first discovered by Spaniards in the 16th century, who brought it back to Europe. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, including daisies, sunflowers, and chrysanthemums.

Cultural Significance

The flower is a popular flower in many cultures. In Mexico, the flower is known as the “Queen of the Night” because it blooms at night and closes during the day. It is also the national flower of Mexico and has been used as a symbol of Mexican culture for centuries. In China, it is known as the “Flower of Prosperity.” The flower is also popular in Europe, known as the “Queen of the Flowers.”


This flower is a bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plant with stout stems growing to 1–3 m tall, occasionally 4 m. All flowers have double-flowered heads with wide ray florets and central disc florets.

They come in two primary flower forms: decorative/incurved, which have petals that curl inward, and cactus/semi-cactus, which have straight or slightly incurved petals. The flowers may be any colour except blue and occur in many shades of yellow, white, pink, purple, red and brown.

Flower Types

Suppose you’re looking for a flower that will make a statement, opt for one of the show-stopping varieties like ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, with its deep red petals, or ‘Gallery Art Deco’, with its striking black and white blooms. If you’re after something a little more subtle, go for a dainty pom-pom dahlia like ‘Bishop of Auckland’ or a pretty cactus dahlia like ‘Kristin’.

To know which flower type is right for you, it’s essential to understand the different types.

Single Dahlias

Single dahlias are a symbol of purity, simplicity and innocence. In the language of flowers, they represent commitment and lifelong bonds.

Anemone-Flowered Dahlias

Anemone-flowered is a type of flower that features a central disc with radiating petals, resembling the shape of an anemone flower. Anemone-flowered is named for its resemblance to the anemone flower.

Collerette Dahlias

Colleretta is a large, flat flower head with a collar-like ring of petals around the centre disk. The name “collerette” comes from the French word for “collar.” Collerette is one of the most popular types. They come in a wide range of colours, from white to yellow to orange to pink, red to purple. They bloom from late summer to early fall.

Waterlily Dahlias

Waterlily is one of the most popular types. They have large, flat blooms that resemble water lilies. The colours can be various, including white, pink, red, and purple.

Decorative Dahlias

Decorative is the showiest of the clan, with large, often double flowers in various colours. They range in height from 2 to 6 feet and make excellent cut flowers.

Ball Dahlias

Balls are one of the most popular varieties. They have large, round blooms in various colours, including white, pink, red, and purple. The flowers can grow up to 8 inches in diameter. Balls are perfect for cutting and adding to bouquets or arrangements.

Pompon Dahlias

Pompons are small, round flowers with petals that are rolled inward. They are often used in corsages and boutonnieres. The name “pompon” comes from the French word for pom-pom.


Cactus is unique among all dahlia varieties in that their flowers have petals that point sharply outwards, resembling the spines of a cactus. The tips of the petals are often hooked or barbed, giving them an extra sharp look.


Semi-Cactus is a type characterized by its cactus-like appearance. The petals of these flowers are often sharp and pointy, giving them a prickly look. However, don’t let their eyes deceive you – Semi-Cactus are delicate and require special care when handling them.

If you’re looking for flowers to make a statement in your garden, Semi-Cactus is the way to go. These unique flowers are sure to turn heads and add a touch of intrigue to any space.

Miscellaneous Dahlias

Miscellaneous doesn’t fit into one of the main types. They can be single or double-flowered and come in many colours. They were initially grown as ornamental plants but became famous as cut flowers. They are now grown worldwide and come in various colours and sizes.

Fimbriated Dahlias

Fimbriated have fringed or ruffled edges on their petals. They come in various colours: white, pink, yellow, red, and purple. Some fimbriated also have variegated leaves.

“fimbriated” comes from the Latin word fimbria, which means “fringe.” Fimbriated are named for their fringed petals, which resemble the fringes on a shawl or scarf.

Single Orchid Dahlias

Single Orchids are with one layer of petals around a central disc. They come in many colours: pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Single Orchids are some of the most popular due to their wide range of colours and easy-to-grow nature.

Double Orchid Dahlias

Double Orchids have full, double blooms of various colours. They are one of the most popular varieties and can grow large.

Peony-Flowered Dahlias

Peony-flowered is big and showy, with full, ruffled blooms in various colours. They’re named for their resemblance to the famous garden peony flower.


These flowers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but they are all unique in their way. They have a long and rich history, dating back to the 16th century. They are often associated with luxury, love, pride, respect, and elegance.

They are also considered to be symbols of joy and happiness. In addition to their beautiful blooms, dahlias are also known for their strong fragrance. Many people find this fragrance to be quite intoxicating.


It represents dignity, elegance, and pride. They are often used to symbolize success and an appreciation of the arts.

Uses and Benefits

Some are edible tubers, while others are used for their flowers. These flowers can be used to cut flowers, either fresh or dried,  and they can also be planted in the garden to add colour and interest. They are a favourite flower of many gardeners because they are so versatile.

Popular Dahlia Flower Color Meanings

The meanings of popular flowers can vary depending on the colour of the bloom. Here are some general purposes associated with different flower colours:

  • Red symbolizes love and passion
  • Pink represents joy and happiness
  •  Orange represents enthusiasm and vibrancy
  •  Yellow represents sunshine and happiness
  •  Purple represents royalty and sophistication
  • White symbolizes purity and innocence

Essential Tips for Planting Dahlia In Your Garden

Here are some essential tips: 

  • Make sure your plant gets plenty of sun. They will need at least six hours of sunlight per day.
  • These flowers also love rich, fertile soil. Add compost or manure to the planting hole to ensure your dahlias get off to a good start.
  • Space the plants 18-24 inches apart, so they have room to grow.
  • Water them regularly, keeping the soil moist but not wet. This will help them grow big and healthy!
  • If you live in an area with a lot of deer, you may need to put up a fence around your garden. Deer love to eat them, and they can destroy a whole plant in just one night.
  • To keep them looking their best, deadhead ( remove spent blossoms) them regularly. This will encourage the plants to produce more flowers.
  • These flowers are susceptible to several pests and diseases, so look for problems. Common issues include aphids, slugs, earwigs, and powdery mildew.
  • If you live in an area where they are not winter-hardy, you will need to dig them up and store them indoors over the winter. This is a bit of a hassle, but it’s worth it to enjoy these beautiful flowers year after year!

Cut Flower Care Tips

These are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colours. They are often used in arrangements and make a great addition to any home. Here are some care tips:

  • Ensure the plants have plenty of water, especially when it’s hot outside.
  • It needs plenty of sunlight, so they get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Deadhead regularly encourage new blooms.
  • Fertilize every two weeks with a high-quality fertilizer.
  • Watch for pests and diseases and treat them promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dahlias

What Does A Dahlia Tattoo Mean?

Flower tattoos can have various meanings, depending on the specific design. Generally, they are seen as symbols of strength, courage, and determination. They can also represent beauty, elegance, and grace. The flower tattoos may also be chosen simply because the wearer loves the look of the flower. Whatever the reason, tattoos are eye-catching and make for beautiful body art.

What Is The Dahlia Flower Used For?

The flower is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae or sunflower family, they are related to chrysanthemums, cosmos, zinnias, and other plant family members.

Are Dahlias Poisonous?

The dahlia is not poisonous, but all parts of the plant contain saponins which may cause stomach upset if consumed in large quantities. The dahlia is related to the sunflower, daisy, zinnia and marigold. Dahlias are native to Mexico and were introduced to Europe in the 18th century.

What Do Black Dahlias Mean?

While dahlias of all colours are beautiful, there is something incredibly stunning about black dahlias. These flowers are often associated with mystery and the unknown, making them the perfect choice for someone who wants to add a bit of intrigue to their floral arrangement. Black dahlias can also symbolize strength and power, which makes them an excellent gift for someone you admire.

What is a dahlia tuber?

A dahlia tuber is the underground stem of a dahlia plant. The tubers can be stored in a cool, dry place over the winter and replanted in the spring. Dahlias are hardy plants that can be grown in most parts of the United States.
The tubers grow best when they are planted in late spring or early summer. Dahlias come in many colours, including white, yellow, pink, red, and purple. They make a beautiful addition to any garden.

How many dahlia plants can I get from a tuber?

You can get quite a few plants from one tuber. It depends on the size of the tuber and how many “eyes” it has, but you could probably get anywhere from 3-10 plants. If you want to get really many plants, you can cut the tuber into smaller pieces, each with an eye or two. Then just plant those pieces and wait for them to grow.

How many flowers does a dahlia produce?

A dahlia produces one or more flower heads, which are composed of the flowers themselves. Each flower head can have up to 100 individual flowers.

What happens if you leave dahlias in the ground over winter?

If you live in a colder climate, most gardeners will lift their dahlias tubers out of the ground and store them in a cool, dark place over winter. You can also mulch your Dahlia tubers with leaves or straw to help keep them from freezing.
If you live in a warmer climate, you can leave your dahlias in the ground over winter, but be sure to protect them from frost and cold weather. One way to do this is to mound soil or mulch around the base of the plants to keep the tubers warm. You might also want to cover your plants with a sheet or tarp if there is a severe cold snap.

What happens if you don’t divide dahlias?

If you don’t divide dahlias, the clumps will get bigger and bigger each year. Eventually, the centre of the clump will die, and the outer parts will start to look sickly.
Dahlias should be divided every 2-3 years. digging down to find and remove the rootball, then replanting it elsewhere in your garden. Make sure to water well after planting.

Can you split a dahlia plant?

Yes, you can split a dahlia plant. You’ll need a sharp knife or spade to cut through the roots, and then you can replant each piece with enough soil to cover the roots. Make sure to water the plants well after replanting.

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