Dahlia Dahlia 'April Heather' (Col)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'April Heather'


The Dahlia 'April Heather' is a striking plant that showcases lush green foliage and vibrant blossoms known for their unique color and form. The leaves of this dahlia are typically a rich, deep green which provides a perfect backdrop for its flowers. The blossoms themselves are the main attraction, with a mix of delicate pink and lavender hues that might evoke the soft colors of early spring mornings. The petals are arranged in a layered formation with some varieties exhibiting a more pronounced or ruffled edge to each petal, giving a plush, voluminous look to each flower. These petals can sometimes have a gradient of color, blending from a lighter shade at the edge to a deeper tone at the base. The flowers are usually sizable and make for a stunning visual when they bloom profusely. The blooms are known to draw the eye and are often used in gardens as focal points or for cut flower arrangements due to their beauty and color. The contrast between the bright flowers and the dark foliage can be quite dramatic, providing a lush, full look to the plant. The overall appearance of the Dahlia 'April Heather' exudes a sense of grandeur and charm that is admired by garden enthusiasts and florists alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Garden Dahlia, Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'April Heather' (Col).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias are not considered toxic to humans. They are generally regarded as safe, and there are no well-documented cases of dahlia poisoning in humans. Consequently, ingesting parts of the dahlia plant is unlikely to result in serious consequences. However, it is always possible for individuals to have allergic reactions to any plant material, so it is recommended to handle plants with care and avoid ingestion if you are not certain of their edibility or potential for personal allergic reactions.

    • To pets

      Dahlias are considered non-toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. There is no significant risk of poisoning if a pet ingests parts of a dahlia plant. As with any non-food item, ingestion of large amounts of plant material could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, due to the irritation of the stomach or intestines. However, such symptoms are not specific to dahlia toxicity. It is generally a good practice to prevent pets from ingesting plants, as other factors like pesticides or individual sensitivities could cause adverse effects.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: Da hlia 'April Heather' adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes with its beautiful blooms.
    • Versatility: This plant can be used in borders, flower beds, and as a focal point in ornamental garden designs.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Dahlias are known to attract bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for pollination.
    • Cut Flowers: The blooms of Dahlia 'April Heather' make excellent cut flowers for arrangements and bouquets due to their long vase life.
    • Seasonal Interest: Dahlias provide late summer to fall interest, offering a continuation of color as other summer flowers may be fading.
    • Easy to Grow: With proper care, Dahlias are relatively easy to grow and suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Wide Range of Colors: Dahlia 'April Heather' comes in an array of colors, giving gardeners the opportunity to choose hues that complement their garden palette.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dahlias can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics, providing various shades of yellow, orange, or green depending on the part of the plant used.
    • Dried dahlia petals can create artistic compositions in resin jewelry, capturing their beauty in pendants, earrings, and bracelets.
    • As an edible flower, dahlias can decorate cakes and pastries, offering a vibrant touch to culinary creations.
    • Dahlia tubers, similar to related species, have been experimented with as a source for the production of bioethanol.
    • The hollow stems of dahlias can be used in eco-friendly craft projects, such as natural straws or plant supports for smaller seedlings.
    • The blooms can be used in potpourri mixtures, adding color and a mild scent when dried and mixed with other botanicals.
    • Dahlia flowers can serve as an inspiration for artists and designers, influencing patterns, textures, and color palettes in textile designs.
    • In photography, the diverse forms and colors of dahlias make them excellent subjects for macro photography, teaching about light and composition.
    • The sturdy stems and vibrant flowers of dahlias can be incorporated into floats and decorations for parades or festivals.
    • Dahlias can be used as natural pest control in gardens, attracting predatory insects that feed on common garden pests.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Dahlia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Dahlia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Elegance & Dignity: Dahlias, such as 'April Heather,' are often symbolic of elegance and dignity due to their sophisticated bloom structure and poise.
    • Change and Variety: The diverse forms and colors of dahlias, including 'April Heather', represent diversity and embracing change.
    • Commitment & Bond: Dahlias are used to express a lasting bond or commitment between two people, often given as gifts to signify a long-term relationship.
    • Inner Strength: Dahlia stands for inner strength in the face of adversity, as they continue to bloom from midsummer through fall, showing durability.
    • Creative Expression: The unique patterns and bright colors of Dahlia blooms are symbolic of boldness and vibrant creativity.

Every 3-4 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Dahlias, including the 'April Heather' variety, prefer regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plants two to three times a week, giving them around 1 to 2 gallons per week depending on the weather conditions. It's best to water them in the morning to allow the foliage to dry out over the course of the day, preventing fungal diseases. Always water at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry and reduce the risk of disease. Cut back on watering once the plant is dormant, typically in late autumn.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias like 'April Heather' thrive in full sunlight. They perform the best when they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Place the plant in a location where it is exposed to ample morning light and protected from the harsh afternoon sun if you live in a particularly hot climate. Adequate light is essential for strong growth and prolific blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias, such as 'April Heather', favor temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit but can handle occasional spikes up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They start to struggle below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's essential to protect them from frost, which can damage or kill the plant. Ideal growing conditions are warm days and cooler nights which help promote vigorous growth and abundant flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning your 'April Heather' Dahlia helps to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous flowering throughout the season. Cut back the entire plant after the first frost in the fall, when the foliage has died back, leaving about 2 to 4 inches of stem above the ground. Pruning is typically done annually during the growing season for deadheading and seasonally for overall plant size reduction and preparation for winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias prefer well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. A good mix for Dahlia 'April Heather' can be made with equal parts garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including 'April Heather', should be repotted annually. They are often lifted and stored during the winter in colder climates and replanted in the spring after the last frost has passed.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias like Dahlia 'April Heather' thrive in moderate humidity levels. They do not require high humidity environments and can suffer if air circulation is poor and humidity is excessive.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, pot in well-draining soil, and ensure a pot with drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil after last frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Dahlia 'April Heather' begins with the planting of tubers in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed. The tubers sprout and grow stems and leaves, using energy stored from the previous season. Throughout the summer, the plant forms buds that bloom into vibrant flowers, typically from mid-July to late September, depending on the climate. As a perennial, after flowering, the Dahlia 'April Heather' starts to die back with the onset of cooler temperatures and shorter days in the fall. In regions with frost, the tubers are dug up and stored for winter in a cool, frost-free place to protect them from freezing. The stored tubers are then replanted in the next spring to begin the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: For Dahlia 'April Heather', which is commonly known as a cultivar of Dahlia, the most popular method of propagation is by dividing tubers. This is typically done in spring when the soil has warmed up, after the last frost and before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump of tubers from the ground using a garden fork, taking care not to damage them. Wash off the soil and allow them to dry. Then, using a sharp, clean knife, cut the clump apart ensuring that each division has at least one eye, from which new growth emerges. These cuttings can then be replanted at a depth of 4-6 inches (about 10-15 centimeters), spaced about 18-24 inches (approximately 45-60 centimeters) apart, providing them with the space they need to grow and sufficient nutrients. It's important to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged, as the new plants establish themselves.