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Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple

Purple and White Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple, Dahlia, Cactus Dahlia

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The flowers on this unique cactus-style dahlia are purple with a darker drizzle - like a sundae. The spiky petals on cactus dahlias create an eye-catching starburst.

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 28" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 2
SKU 44DAHL2

Plant Information

The Biltmore gardeners chose this one for its unique coloring and huge blooms. Its an explosion of soft purple with drizzling darker lines on every petal. Looks good enough to eat.

Why Gardeners love Dahlias (See combination photo below.) Dahlias are one of the most rewarding summer flowers of all. They're really easy to grow with spectacular results. If you know them, you know all about it. If you don't, here is the information you need. Prepare to become 'hooked.'

First of all, Dahlias are great for cutting, as you can see in the large top photo of an arrangement showing a lavish deep red dahlia right next to a large, voluptuous rose.

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but there's about as much resemblance between the original and the Dutch hybrids as there is between an old toy car and a brand new Mercedes. Dahlias for today's gardeners offer a really big gardening treat.

The 'bulbs' are actually tubers, and look a lot like peony roots--sort of like a bunch of carrots. The plants grow quickly and some grow quite tall, always with lush deep green foliage.

Types of Dahlias. These plants have been hybridized into various heights from short bedding plants to tall bushy ones. But they are officially categorized by flower type or shape. The term, 'Dinnerplate Dahlia' is probably the most famous description, and though all gardeners use the term, it is not an official classification. 'Dinnerplates' are, simply put, the large plants with the huge flowers. The always-double flowers are up to 8', sometimes a whopping 10' across, so the name makes sense.

Dahlia DetailsPhotos A and C are examples of Dinnerplate Dahlias. As you can see, they come in both solids and bi-colors.
Photo B
shows a whole border of tall dahlias in the garden.

Here are the official classifications:

'Decorative Dahlias' This group includes the Dinnerplates and also other taller (to 4 ft.) plants with double, chrysanthemum-like flowers. The famous 'Shogun Dahlias' are as tall as Decoratives, but have very heavy bloom of smaller bi-colored flowers for gardeners who want a large bushy plant covered with color.

'Cactus Dahlias' are the ones with the cactus-like blooms, often in super-bright bi-colors, always with the rolled, pointed petals. Like other groups, Cactus Dahlias can be of various heights, as long as they have 'cactus' flowers.

'Gallery Dahlias' are a newer group of shorter plants with flower-types of the Decoratives and Cactus groups. The Gallery group is named with terms from the art world including famous artists' names.

'Butterfly' or 'Impression Dahlias' are what the Dutch call 'bedding dahlias. They stay short, and are perfect for pots or borders. The names in this group all begin with 'F' like 'Futuro' and 'Fantastico'. The flowers are wide-open and daisy-like for a really colorful display of their brilliant hues. If well cared-for, watered, and dead-headed, they bloom constantly all season, making great masses of color.

There are other groups such as 'Ball Dahlias' and 'Pom Pom Dahlias' with spherical blooms, 'Colarette Dahlias' with uneven rows of petals creating a 'collar' effect--the varieties go on and on. Growing all of them is essentially the same, and best of all, it's easy.

Growing Dahlias: All the gardener needs to do is plant the tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. It's best to position them against a wall or be ready to stake them, since they are brittle, and must be protected from high winds. (If you've grown perennial Delphiniums, the plant size and growth is similar, but success with Dahlias is much easier.) Keep them free of bugs, well-watered, and well-fertilized as they grow, and your dahlias will begin to set buds by midsummer and be in full bloom, usually during July or August. Then the huge flowers keep coming until frost.

When frost threatens, just pull the roots up, cut off the stems, and store the tubers until the following spring. Each fall, you'll be amazed how the 'bulbs' have multiplied during the summer, giving you more and more to divide and enjoy the next year.

One expert has said, 'Never have so many gardeners received so much for so little work, as when they grow dahlias.''

SKU 44DAHL2
Common Name Cactus Dahlia
Botanical Name Dahlia
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple, White
Mature Height 28" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1" to 2" below the soil line.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Flower Size Up to 6 inch flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsBiltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple
 
3.0

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  • Low maintenance (3)

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  • Raised beds (3)
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1.0

waste of money

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from charlotte, nc

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Almost all white
    • Colors Not As Expected
    • One didn't grow
    • Only 2 flowers on 2 plant
    • Repl not much better
    • Slow Growth
    • Small flowers

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple:

      would not buy again. hoping next years' plant production will be better. replacement was closer to color, but still not what was expected.

      Service of American Meadows very good not your fault product was unacceptable.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      beautiful plant

      By 

      from san diego ca

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • Susceptible to Pests

      Best Uses

      • Border Control
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple:

      I really like this dahlia, flowers are beautiful, they last almost 2 weeks, love it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I will buy this dahlia again next summer

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      from Issaquah, WA

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Containers
        • Cut Flowers
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple:

        This dahlia really looks like the photo! It's unique and I will definitely buy this again.

         
        3.0

        Lots of flowers

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        from Southold, New York

        About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist

        Pros

        • Large robust plants
        • Low Maintenance

        Cons

        • Colors Not As Expected
        • Yellowpink

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Biltmore Estate Dahlia Blackberry Ripple:

        All tubers produced plants, but, the flower color is yellow and pink not white and pink as expected. Still lovely, and the plants are producing well.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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