August 17, 2017

Darling Dahlia

'Dahlia XXL'

Janine Pineo Photo | ‘Dahlia XXL’

A dahlia bloom is a study in perfection, the petals erupting into a flawless display of form and color. ‘Dahlia XXL’ is no exception. Introduced in 2012, the variety was selected because of its outstanding performance even in the heat of summer. With blossoms up to 6 inches in diameter, the flowers start in mid- to late-summer, persisting into fall if protected from frost. In Maine, dahlia tubers need to be lifted and overwintered in a cool, dark and dry place, then planted the following spring after danger of frost has passed. The genus Dahlia is native mainly to Mexico, with countless scores of hybrids created, including ‘Dahlia XXL.’

Photographed at Wren Robinson Greenhouses in Freeport, October 2013.