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Dinner Plate Dahlia      

Dahlia pinnata

'Dinner Plate Dahlia' is a plant in the Dahlia genus with a scientific name of Dahlia pinnata. The botanical name epithet for Dinner Plate Dahlia (pinnata) means 'with leaflets arranged on each side of a common petiole'.

Dahlias are closely related to sunflowers. They attract butterflies and are a frost sensitive tuberous root grown as a tender annual.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lavender pink and   Anti-flash white and   Fire engine red. The mature flowers are of a semi-double form. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green and   Forest green (web) colour. It is a flower / fruit and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Dinner Plate Dahlia is known for growing with a erect habit to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. If you would like to attract bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Mexico is believed to be where Dinner Plate Dahlia originates from.

Dinner Plate Dahlia is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Dinner Plate Dahlia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Dinner Plate Dahlia

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • High

Slugs love the leaves.

When the seedlings are about 3 inches (8 cm) tall, pinch in order to promote bishier growth and more abundant blooms.1

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water often. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Dinner Plate Dahlia is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date.

See our list of companion Plants for Dinner Plate Dahlia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Dinner Plate Dahlia from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Dinner Plate Dahlia about 49 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Dinner Plate Dahlia

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Dinner Plate Dahlia is a tender plant.

By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Dinner Plate Dahlia about 0 days after your last frost date.

Common Dinner Plate Dahlia problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Dinner Plate Dahlia plants:


  • Slugs

    A snail without a shell. A mollusc with an elongated, soft body with a shiny appearance due to the slime coating.

Dinner Plate Dahlia Etymology

The genus is named after Dahl who was an 18th century Swedish botanist.

Other names for Dinner Plate Dahlia


Dahlia rosea

Misspellings: dalea, dalia, Dinner-Plate Dahlia, Dinnerplate Dahlia

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How long does Dinner Plate Dahlia take to grow?

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When should I plant Dinner Plate Dahlia?

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