Dahlia Nadia Ruth is much loved for its deeply fringed petals and cotton candy pink colour. The large, 18cm (7″) wide blooms come one after another from summer to mid-fall. The 90cm (36″) tall plants have very sturdy stems, which makes them highly prized as cut flowers. Give each plant plenty of room (more than two feet) in the row, as they are big and bushy.
The dahlia is a cousin of the sunflower — both originated in Mexico. Since its first domestication, the dahlia has morphed into over 57,000 cultivars, with flowers appearing in a dazzling array of colours, sizes, and shapes. The Royal Horticultural Society manages a standard classification system based on flower form. These range from simple single flowers to cactus-like, peony-like, and pompon. Dahlias are not typically scented, so they rely on colour and flower size to lure pollinators.