Dahlia ‘Suffolk Punch’ dressed in crimson red!

Dahlia ‘Suffolk Punch’ (Garden Dahlia)

Dahlia 'Suffolk Punch' Dahlia 'Suffolk Punch'

Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :

  • Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Suffolk Punch’
  • Common Name: Dahlia, Garden Dahlia
  • Family name: Asteraceae / Compositae
  • Plant type: Annual flowering shrub, from dwarf species (known as Lilliput dahlia) of 1 foot to giants of 7.5 feet tall. Even blooms ranges from 1.5 ins. to more than 1 foot in diameter!
  • Brief plant info: Prefers full sun, needing lots of water
  • More plant info and images: See here for plant profile and here to know more about the official dahlia classification and full explanation! This wonderful site provides very helpful info on dahlia care and culture. Finally, relax and enjoy this photo gallery to your heart’s content!

Dahlia 'Suffolk Punch' in our garden, November 2006Hehe, I’m not sure whether our lovely crimson-red dahlia as shown in picture is correctly named as Dahlia ‘Suffolk Punch’ as identified from image found at this site! What I’m definite is I love this beautiful dahlia that never seems to fail me with its lovely blooms! :) Could be a lilliput dahlia, which is usually less than 15 inches (45cms) in height and with flowers not normally bigger than 2 inch diameter! Mine definitely fits this description, though my blooms are slightly larger by another 0.5 inch! However, I’m undecided about its type – is it a peony, water-lily or double-layered (duplex) dahlia??

We purchased 3 variety of dahlia – a white, a cream and a magenta around late June, 2006 and only this ‘Suffolk Punch’ still adorn our garden, though it was nearly snuffed off by the white flies in mid September! It was given a crew-cut right down to its crown, yet sprouted new shoots in two weeks and stand tall till this day. Hope it’ll survive a third season because it’s leaves are attacked again by some plant disease this time around! :(

Update: July 22, 2009 –
Sharing below are pictures of Dahlia flowers, a crimson red and sweet baby-pink variety that were seen in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands during our recent weekend vacation there. Blooms were about 5″ across and fairly large, on 4-5 ft tall shrubs that needed staking.

Crimson-red Dahlia Sweet pink Dahlia

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