Dahlia Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' (D)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Kidd's Climax'


Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' is remarkable for its stunning, large blooms that exhibit a unique blend of colors. The flowers are quite showy, with densely packed, layered petals that are often referred to as dinner plate-sized due to their impressive diameter. The petals present a graduation of hues, usually starting with a soft tone at the outer edges, intensifying to a deeper or more vibrant color toward the center of the bloom. The innermost petals may curl or twist, adding depth and intrigue to the flower's structure. The petals themselves can vary from a softer, almost pastel shade to vivid, rich tones that are eye-catching and bold. The bloom's colors can include mixes of pinks, purples, whites, and yellows, which may blend or contrast exquisitely, depending on the individual flower. Surrounding the central disc, the overlapping petals often create a cushioned or spherical appearance, contributing to the overall lush and luxurious feel of the dahlia. The foliage of the plant is typically a vibrant green, providing a lovely contrast that makes the colors of the blooms stand out even more. The leaves are shaped with gentle serrations, adding to the textured appearance of the plant. Overall, Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' carries a sense of grandeur and sophistication, with its magnificent flowers serving as a focal point in any garden setting where the beauty of individual plants is celebrated. The captivating blooms attract admirers and are commonly used both in garden displays and as cut flowers for indoor arrangements due to their striking appearance and lasting quality.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dahlia, Garden Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax', are generally considered non-toxic to humans. They are not known to contain substances that pose a risk of poisoning when touched or ingested. Consequently, accidental ingestion of dahlia flowers or tubers typically does not lead to poisoning or severe symptoms in humans.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, such as the Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax', are also considered non-toxic to pets. They are not known to contain any toxic substances that would cause poisoning in animals. Therefore, if pets ingest parts of a dahlia plant, they are not likely to experience significant health problems related to toxicity. However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion can potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset, so it is still advisable to discourage pets from chewing on dahlia plants.

  • 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

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' adds vibrant colors and large, attractive blooms to gardens, enhancing visual interest.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatility: Dahlias can be planted in borders, beds, containers, and cutting gardens, offering flexibility in garden design.
    • Cut Flowers: They make excellent cut flowers due to their long vase life and stunning blooms, perfect for bouquets and arrangements.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooming from mid-summer to frost, dahlias provide color and interest during the latter part of the growing season.
    • Easy Propagation: Tubers can be easily divided to propagate new plants, making them a cost-effective addition to gardens.
    • Variety: With numerous forms and colors available, dahlias offer a wide range of options to suit different preferences and garden themes.
    • Community Involvement: Many gardeners enjoy sharing tubers and participating in dahlia societies and shows, fostering community connections.

  • 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

    • Dye production: Petals of the dahlia can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics and art projects, offering a range of colors from pink to deep burgundy depending upon the concentration and processing.
    • Edible flowers: Dahlia petals are edible and can add a splash of color and a unique flavor twist to salads, desserts, and other dishes.
    • Craft projects: The vibrant blooms of dahlias can be pressed and used in scrapbooking, card making, or other craft activities where their beauty provides embellishment and decoration.
    • Flower arranging: Dahlias are popular in flower arranging for their variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and 'Kidd's Climax' can be a stunning centerpiece in bouquets and arrangements.
    • Photography: These showy flowers are often used as subjects for botanical photography, thanks to their intricate petal structures and stunning colors.
    • Garden aesthetics: Planting dahlias in patterns or specific arrangements can create visually stunning displays and enhance the overall aesthetic of a garden.
    • Insect attraction: Dahlias can attract pollinating insects like bees and butterflies to a garden, which supports the ecosystem and helps with the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Mood enhancements: The presence of vibrant dahlia flowers in living spaces can contribute to mood improvements, providing a cheerful and colorful atmosphere.
    • Petal confetti: Dried dahlia petals can serve as eco-friendly confetti for weddings or other celebrations, offering a biodegradable alternative to synthetic confetti.
    • Culinary decoration: Dahlia flowers can be used to garnish plates and drinks, contributing an elegant touch to fine dining experiences or special events.

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 and Grace: With its intricate petals and stunning form, dahlias represent sophistication and a refined aesthetic, reminiscent of Victorian ideals of decorum and poise.
    • Diversity and Variety: Dahlias come in numerous colors, sizes, and shapes, symbolizing the rich tapestry of diversity and embracing differences.
    • Creativity: The exceptional patterns and vivid hues of dahlias inspire artists and creatives, representing the spirit of innovation and originality.
    • Change and Transition: The blooming cycle of dahlias — from a closed bud to a magnificent flower — embodies the idea of transformation and the embracing of new beginnings.
    • Commitment and a Bond that Lasts: Because some species of dahlias continue to bloom for extended periods, they are often associated with long-term relationships and a lasting union between individuals.
    • Standing Out from the Crowd: The bold presence of a dahlia in a garden highlights the concept of individuality and making one's unique mark on the world.
    • Dignity: Dahlias hold their blooms high above the foliage, symbolizing self-respect, dignity, and the ability to rise above life's challenges.

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

    Dahlias, including the 'Kidd's Climax' variety, require consistent moisture and should be watered 2-3 times per week, more frequently during dry spells. It's crucial to water deeply to encourage strong root growth, providing about 1-2 gallons per plant for each watering session. Make sure to water at the base to keep the foliage dry and prevent fungal diseases. Always check the soil moisture before watering: it should be moist but not waterlogged. In hot climates, mulching can help retain soil moisture, reducing the frequency of watering needed.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias like 'Kidd's Climax' thrive in full sun, which means they need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for planting dahlias is in a location that receives unobstructed sun throughout the day. However, in extremely hot climates, they benefit from light afternoon shade to protect them from intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias, including 'Kidd's Climax,' grow best in temperatures between 60-70°F. They can withstand a minimum temperature of 50°F and a maximum temperature up around 90°F. It's crucial to protect these plants from frost, so they shouldn't be planted outside until all danger of frost has passed.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning 'Kidd's Climax' dahlias is essential for encouraging bushier growth and more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming throughout the season. Cut back the stems to about 2-3 inches above the soil line in late autumn after the first frost has killed the foliage. This pruning prepares the plant for winter dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax', commonly known as Dahlia, thrives in a well-draining, fertile loam with organic matter. A pH of 6.5-7.5 is ideal. Mix equal parts of peat, loamy soil, and perlite or sand to enhance drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias generally do not require frequent repotting and can be replanted annually. Repot Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' each spring when you see new growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias prefer moderate humidity levels. Ideal humidity for Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' ranges between 40-60%, which supports healthy growth without promoting rot.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, rich soil, pot with drainage, and stake stems.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, rich soil, provide support, and deadhead often.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax' begins its life cycle as a tuber, which is planted in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. The tuber sprouts and grows into a leafy stem, with the foliage developing and photosynthesizing to provide energy for the plant's growth. Throughout the growing season, the dahlia blooms, producing large, showy double flowers, with petals often arranged in a peony-like form. After the flowering stage, if the blooms are not deadheaded, the plant may produce seeds, though Dahlias are typically propagated through division of tubers. As autumn approaches and temperatures drop, the above-ground foliage begins to yellow and wilt, signaling the plant to enter dormancy; the tubers can be carefully dug up, cleaned, and stored in a cool, dry place over winter. In the subsequent spring, the stored tubers can be replanted, thus restarting the life cycle of the Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax'.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Dahlia 'Kidd's Climax', commonly referred to as a Dahlia, is a tuberous plant that is most commonly propagated through division. This process involves separating the tuberous roots during the dormant period, usually in the late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. When dividing dahlia tubers, it is important to ensure that each division has at least one eye, which is the point from which new growth will sprout. Additionally, care should be taken to use a sharp, clean cutting tool to prevent disease and to make clean cuts that will heal quickly. After division, the tubers can be planted directly in the ground once the risk of frost has passed, or they can be potted and started indoors to get a head start on the growing season.