Bishop’s Children Dahlia
3- to 4-inch blooms in 5 bright colors, many striped and shaded, in both single to semi-double peony-flowered shape!
- Genus: Dahlia
- Species: x hybrida
- Variety: Bishop’s Children
- Item Form: (P) Pkt of 50 seeds
- Zone: 8 – 10
- Bloom Start To End: Early Summer – Late Summer
- Habit: Upright
- Seeds Per Pack: 50
- Plant Height: 2 ft 6 in – 3 ft
- Plant Width: 8 in – 12 in
- Bloom Size: 3 in – 5 in
- Additional Characteristics: Direct Sow, Double Blooms, Flower
- Bloom Color: Mix
- Foliage Color: Burgundy
- Light Requirements: Full Sun
- Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained
- Soil Tolerance: Normal, loamy
- Uses: Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
One of the most stunning Dahlias you will ever see — let alone grow! — Bishop’s Children is a warm-toned mix of solid and bicolor blooms in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple. The single and semi-double, Peony-formed flowers include plenty of bicolors and two-tone blends, some gaily striped, others shading from one hue to the next like a tropical sunset, and still others a rich, deep solid color. But what makes these blooms really extraordinary is that they arise atop black foliage!
This informal, bushy plant reaches 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall and about a foot wide, with leaves so dark they appear black. The 3- to 4-inch blooms are held above the foliage, forming a colorful canopy atop the neat plant. Stunning in the garden and long-lasting in the vase, Bishop’s Children may become your favorite cutflower as well as a showstopper in the border and bed!
As its name suggests, Bishop’s Children is a descendant of that most famous of all Dahlias, Bishop of Llandaff. Grown extensively in England (where it’s one of the most popular plants of all time), Bishop of Llandaff is certainly magnificent, but we think that its “children” are even more impressive for modern gardens!
Easy to grow from seed, this Dahlia may be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last anticipated frost or sown directly into the garden. It will do best in full sun and in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pkt is 50 seeds.
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