PLANT OF THE WEEK

In front of our oak-framed Gazebo in the Little Garden at this time of year, is the beautiful Dahlia Porcelain in full bloom.

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The Dahlia porcelain is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 inches diameter or up to 1 ft (“dinner plate”).

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The stems are leafy, ranging in height from as low as 12 inches to more than 6–8 ft. The majority of species do not produce scented flowers or cultivars. Like most plants that do not attract pollinating insects through scent, they are brightly coloured, displaying most hues, with the exception of blue. This one is a stunning pale pink colour!

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Words and photographs by Nadja

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