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There is a culture surrounding dahlia flowers, their cultivation and their propagation, but how and why did it start. The flowering plants known as dahlias are considered some the most varied and widely distributed of any floral species, even today. It is a flowering plant that forms semi-doubled, something that is rare in all of nature. Dahlias have been used throughout the arts and sciences for numerous centuries worldwide. It is a plant that is well known as a gift of practical, edible, medicinal and spiritual properties, each trait having associations with dahlias of different varieties.
All the varieties of dahlia plants make for a wondrous, colorful and beautiful parade. There are so very many types, that picking styles and looks among dahlias, that it becomes clear that this flowering plant has one usage that outshines all the others, it is amazing to look at. It is a premiere species of flowers, being a top choice for gardeners from the ancient Aztecs to the modern United States. Many artists, scientists, philosophers, men and women have cultivated dahlias, some even making it a passion in life.
A complete listing of dahlia varieties is beyond the scope of this article, but here is a short list of the popular hybrids. Each has a unique sparkle or signature, simply from the way that it looks.
Dahlia Flower 1: Rip City
This is an unusual semi-cactus dahlia that arrived in the United States years ago, when it was planted in the Monet gardens at Giverny, it is a particularly robust variety of the dahlia. There are quite a number of types and they come in an equally fantastic styles, but the Rip City is considered the best. Because it is a strong growing, easy to keep healthy and beautiful plant. It comes highly recommended.
Dahlia Flower 2: The Bishop of Auckland
This member of the Bishop Group dahlias is thought to be a perfect specimen. It has a velvet crimson single flowers and is known for having dark leaves. Being able overshadow other even nicer, but more common varieties. It is related to the brightly scarlet colored ‘Bishop of Llandaff’.
Dahlia Flower 3: Sam Hopkins
This is the blackest colored dahlia and maybe the most famous that can be grown. It is renowned, being part of the popular decorative grouping of these flowering plants. Every part of this plant can be cut into black velvety sections. Less hearty than some varieties, it still stands alone as a marvelous black beauty.
Dahlia Flower 4: Thomas A Edison
Named after the famed inventor and patent mogul from the United States, this is one to fall in love with. It comes in a wide variety of decorative color choices, and has a reputation for being a show quality flower. This flowering dahlia is a common compliment to more plain gardens, but there is nothing ordinary about this dahlia. It simply is one of the best.
Dahlia Flower 5: The Cactus Pontiac
What makes these extraordinary dahlias special is their coloring. It blooms with dazzling coral pink flowers, mixed with an occasional splash of crimson. The flowering shape and colors are complimentary, especially when grown in large numbers, this makes them shine superbly.
Dahlia Flower 6: Geerling’s Jubilee
This is a dazzling pink dahlia, that is reminiscent of an undersea creature, more than a flowering plant. It is true that this specimen has been compared to similar looking varieties of sea-anemone or urchins. It is a hearty addition to any garden, because it is both long flowering and productive. It is used in many homes by being picked and floated singly in bowls of water.
Dahlia Flower 7: Magenta Star
Voted as one of the best new dahlias by many as the most exciting new introductions among dahlias in the last decade. These are large and and characteristically pretty, with single flowers that are magenta in color, as a contrast to their wild black colored leaves. As to growth, it is not considered a very strong flowering plant, but is truly lovely to gaze at.
Dahlia Flower 8: Black Fire
This is raved as being a perfect dahlia for cutting purposes, having beautifully rich and dark crimson flowers. This black looking flowering plant has an unusual long life in a vase. Arranged with dahlia ‘Raffles’, it looks amazing. The original black dahlia by reputation.
Dahlia Flower 9: Raffles
The mix of colors in the smaller sized dahlia plant includes coral pink at the base, a crimson red overlay and bright green eyes located centrally. This variety is a long growing and lasting plant. It is one of the best for cutting and using in arrangements.
Dahlia Flower 10: The New Baby
This flowering plant opens up with petals that are tangerine, but also deeper ones of vermilion coloring. It is most perfect for smaller flower arrangement needs, being popular for little hand tied punches. It is simple, yet stands out for special occasions.
Other popular varieties of dahlias include the Karma Fuchsiana, Jowey Mirella, Jescot Julie and the Chat Noir. As already stated, there are far too many shades, shapes and colors of this blooming flower to list in any completeness here.
What is the most impressive about dahlia plants is their ability to adapt to different environments, making it a widely used choice in the world of gardening. This has been true since flowering plants became a status symbol within individual homes and household gardens. The dahlia has found itself a place in the gardens of people from all cultures, time periods and will continue to be a show plant in the future. If your garden needs a fresh face to compliment the foliage already growing, dahlias can be an excellent choice, but see for yourself. Go shopping for dahlias this year and explore their lively population of varieties available near you.
No matter what, dahlias have grown to become a favorite flowering plant around the world. They have a truly unique place in the gardening world, but this is because of their undeniable natural beauty. This is why they are assured a place in history, culture and gardens from now, until the future of human beings on Earth.
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