Dahlia Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble' (Anem)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble'


Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble' is a striking flower known for its unique and vibrant appearance. The bloom features layers of petals that are typically white with the outer petals often having a blush of lavender or pinkish tones at the tips, giving the flower a two-tone effect. The petals are arranged in a somewhat orderly fashion that resembles the folds of a dancer's dress, echoing the energetic and flowing movements of the Paso Doble dance after which it is named. The center of the flower exposes a contrasting cluster of yellow to golden disc florets, which are tiny flowers that make up the center of the dahlia bloom. This contrast creates a captivating focal point that draws the eye. The petals themselves are broad and sometimes slightly curved at the ends, lending a sense of volume and lushness to the flower head. The plant produces these blossoms atop sturdy stems, which are accompanied by rich green, pinnate leaves that have oval leaflets with serrated edges. The overall appearance of the Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble' is one of exuberance and color, making it a standout addition to any garden setting where it can contribute significantly to the visual appeal without reference to its specific size dimensions.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Freya's Paso Doble Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the variety 'Freya's Paso Doble', are not considered toxic to humans. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning from ingesting dahlias, and they're generally recognized as safe. However, some individuals may have skin sensitivities or allergic reactions to handling plants, which could cause mild irritation. Ingestion is not advisable as a general precaution with any plant not meant for consumption, but it does not typically result in serious consequences for dahlias.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, such as the 'Freya's Paso Doble' variety, are not toxic to pets. They are considered non-poisonous to cats and dogs, and ingestion should not cause any significant symptoms of poisoning. As with any non-food plant, consuming large quantities might result in gastrointestinal discomfort or an upset stomach due to the unusual content in the pet's diet, but there are no specific toxic consequences associated with dahlias.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Dahlias are known for their striking beauty and vibrant colors, which can enhance the visual appeal of any garden.
    • Variety of Uses: They can be planted in borders, flower beds, and containers, making them versatile for different garden designs.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Dahlias attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Long Blooming Period: Dahlias have a long flowering season, often from midsummer until the first frost, providing extended garden interest.
    • Cut Flowers: They make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life, perfect for bouquets and floral arrangements.
    • Easy to Grow: With proper care, they are relatively easy to cultivate, making them suitable for gardeners at various skill levels.
    • Propagatable: Dahlias can be easily propagated through division or cuttings, allowing gardeners to expand their collection.

  • 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 like 'Freya's Paso Doble' can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, giving a range of colors from pinks to oranges depending on the mordant used.
    • The hollow stems of dahlias can serve as natural straws or piping in small-scale crafting or children's projects.
    • Dahlia flowers can be used in the art of pressed flowers, which involves drying and pressing the blooms to create artwork or decorative items.
    • These flowers are edible and can add a burst of color and a mild flavor to salads, desserts, or as a garnish for a variety of dishes.
    • In photography, dahlias provide a stunning, vivid subject for macro photography due to their intricate petals and vibrant colors.
    • Dahlias are used in the practice of companion planting to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to gardens, which benefits the growth of surrounding plants.
    • The petals of dahlias can be used in potpourri mixtures for a subtle fragrance and beautiful addition to the visual appeal.
    • In the floristry industry, dahlias are used extensively for teaching floral design due to their form, structure, and variety of colors.
    • During festivals or events, dahlia blooms can be floated in large water-filled urns or bowls as a decorative centerpiece.
    • Environmental art projects sometimes incorporate live dahlias or their petals to create temporary, natural art installations.

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

    • Grace under Pressure: Dahlias are known for their stunning blooms and resilience, which can represent staying graceful despite challenging circumstances.
    • Dignity: The Dahlia stands tall and elegant, symbolizing poise and self-respect.
    • Diversity and Uniqueness: With numerous varieties and colors, Dahlias celebrate individuality and the diversity of human experience.
    • Commitment and Bond: Dahlia flowers are traditionally associated with lasting bonds and commitments between individuals.
    • Change and Transition: As Dahlias bloom in an array of colors, they often signify change, and the ability to thrive amidst life’s varied experiences.
    • Elegance and Inner Strength: The layered petals and captivating presence of Dahlias embody elegance and the inner fortitude required to succeed.

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Spring-Early Summer
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  • water dropWater

    Dahlias, including 'Freya's Paso Doble', require consistent moisture and should be watered 2-3 times per week, depending on the weather conditions. It's important to water them deeply, so the water reaches the roots where it's needed most. A good rule of thumb is to provide about an inch of water each week, which translates to around 0.623 gallons per square foot. During hot or dry spells, they may need more frequent watering to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Cut back on watering as the weather cools and the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias flourish in full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. 'Freya's Paso Doble' will bloom most prolifically when placed in a location that receives ample sunshine. The best spot for this dahlia is in a garden bed or border that faces south or west to maximize light exposure. Avoid planting in shaded areas, as this will reduce blooming and potentially encourage disease.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias including 'Freya's Paso Doble' prefer temperatures between 60°F and 75°F for optimal growth. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about 50°F but should not be exposed to frost, as they are not frost-tolerant. The maximum temperature for dahlias is around 90°F; beyond this, plants may stress and require extra care to ensure they remain hydrated and healthy.

  • scissorsPruning

    Deadheading 'Freya's Paso Doble' dahlias by removing spent blooms encourages more flowers and reduces energy wasted on seed production. Pinching back the central shoot to the 4th pair of leaves can promote bushier growth and larger blooms. Prune or cut back the plant after the first frost has killed the foliage, typically in late autumn; cut the stems to about 2-4 inches above the ground level. Regularly removing dead or damaged tissue throughout the growing season will keep the plant healthy and attractive.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias require well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. A good mix would be equal parts garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage. Amend the soil with compost and a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to provide the necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including 'Freya's Paso Doble', should be repotted annually, ideally in the spring. Tubers should be divided and replanted to ensure the plant remains vigorous and blooms are prolific.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias prefer moderate humidity levels. Excessively high humidity can lead to fungal diseases. Aiming for a humidity level around 40-60% is ideal for 'Freya's Paso Doble' Dahlia.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Dahlia in bright indirect light; keep soil moist but well-drained.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, in well-draining soil, after last frost dates.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble' begins its life as a tuber that is planted in spring after the last frost when the soil is warm. It then germinates, developing roots and shoots that emerge from the soil as seedlings. The seedlings grow into juvenile plants with characteristic foliage and stems, and as they mature, they enter the vegetative stage. During the growing season, they produce distinctive split petals, commonly white with a hint of purple—anemone-flowered blooms—which attract pollinators. Once flowering is complete, usually from midsummer to the first frost in fall, the plant enters senescence; the aerial parts die back with the onset of colder temperatures, while the tubers can be lifted and stored during winter. In the next growing season, these tubers can be replanted to repeat the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: For the Dahlia 'Freya's Paso Doble', the most popular propagation method is through division of the tubers, which is ideally done in the spring after the danger of frost has passed but before new growth begins. This typically coincides with the period when dahlias start to sprout eyes, indicating it's time for them to be planted. To divide dahlias, carefully lift the clump of tubers out of the ground, ensuring not to damage them. Next, using a sharp and clean knife, cut the clump into sections ensuring that each division has at least one eye, which is a point on the shoulder, or crown, of the tuber from where the new plant will grow. The freshly cut tuber sections can then be planted about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) deep with the eye facing upwards, spaced about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow enough room for the mature plant. After planting, water the tuber divisions well to settle the soil around them.