Zones: 9+ - frost tender
Size: To 3' tall
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Tubers will survive colder temperatures in the ground but lifting and storing in a cool dry place is often best. Numerous cultivars and hybrids. Showy flowers in summer and autumn, now in many colors.
Dahlia, with leaves opposite, pinnated with an odd one ; the pinnules five, ovate, and notch-dentated. (Bot. Repos.)
Published in Icon. (Cavanilles) 1: 57: 80 in 1791.
Native to Mexico and the national flower of Mexico.
Synonym is Dahlia superflua (DC.) W.T.Aiton.
Also published in Bot. Repos. 6: 408 in 1804 and 7: 483 in 1807 as "var. nana".