Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

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[1] BBC reference.

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'
SpeciesDahlia ×hortensis
Hybrid parentageD. coccinea × D. pinnata
Cultivar'Bishop of Llandaff'

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' is a branching, tuberous tender perennial cultivar with dark eggplant-colored, almost black, foliage. This produces a stunning contrast with its scarlet flowers; the plant was first bred by Fred Treseder, a Cardiff nurseryman.[2] It was selected by and named to honour Joshua Pritchard Hughes, Bishop of Llandaff, in 1924 and won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1928; the plant is about 1 m tall and flowers from June until September. As with all dahlias, frost blackens its foliage, and its tubers need to be overwintered in a dry, frost-free place.

A seed strain has been produced from this plant called 'Bishops Children', they retain the dark foliage color but produce a mix of flower colors and flower shapes from single to semi-double flowers in different sizes.

Plant Profile:- Height:1.1m (3&1/2 ft) Spread: 45 cm (18 in) site: Full Sun Soil: Fertile, free-draining Hardiness: Half hardy

Also comes in rich reds & purples, yellows & oranges, as well as paler shades


  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/254.shtml
  2. ^ Bourne, Val (30 September 2013). "My dahlias are brightening up September". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 October 2013.