Dahlia Dahlia 'Natal' (Ba)

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


The Dahlia 'Natal' (Ba) is a striking ornamental plant known for its vibrant and large blossoms that can make a bold statement in any garden or floral arrangement. Characteristically, its flowers are the most eye-catching feature, with an array of petals that can exhibit a variety of shapes and sizes, often displaying a stunning mix of colors. The petals themselves can be rounded or pointed, and they often form intricate patterns with layers that appear almost geometric in their organization. These blossoms are usually symmetrical and may contain hues that range from bright to pastel tones, sometimes with different shades blending seamlessly into one another. The foliage of the Dahlia 'Natal' provides a lush backdrop to the flowers, with leaves that are typically bright green and have a pinnate structure. The stems are sturdy, which is necessary to support the weight of the heavy blooms. This plant has a bushy appearance, with the leaves and flowers arranged in a way that creates a full and vibrant display. The overall visual impact of the Dahlia 'Natal' is one of lushness and radiance, sure to attract the attention of onlookers and offer a feast for the senses with its vivid coloration and sumptuous form.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Garden Dahlia, Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Natal' (Ba)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Natal', are generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no significant toxic effects expected from ingesting dahlias. While they are not edible and should not be consumed as food, accidental ingestion typically does not result in serious harm. However, it is always prudent to keep all ornamental plants out of the reach of young children who might ingest plant parts out of curiosity.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Natal', are also generally considered non-toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. They are not known to contain any substances that are poisonous to pets. Ingesting dahlias might cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals due to the novelty of the plant matter, not due to inherent toxicity. If a pet ingests a large amount of dahlia, they might experience symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, but serious health consequences are unlikely. Always monitor pets around plants, as individual animals may have different sensitivities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Dahlias 'Natal' offer a dazzling display of colors, with their vibrant, multi-petaled blooms that can enhance the beauty of gardens and landscapes.
    • Biodiversity: By planting Dahlias, you can support biodiversity as they attract a variety of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds.
    • Easy Propagation: Dahlias can be easily propagated through division of tubers, making it simple for gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.
    • Versatility: With their striking appearance, Dahlias are ideal for mixed borders, flower beds, and can also be grown in containers for those with limited space.
    • Cut Flowers: Dahlias are long-lasting cut flowers, adding elegance to bouquets and indoor floral arrangements.
    • Seasonal Interest: Dahlias bloom from midsummer to the first frost, providing color and visual interest throughout the season.
    • Cultural Significance: Dahlias have been celebrated in festivals and events, and are also used in various cultural ceremonies around the world.
    • Gardening Hobby: Growing Dahlias 'Natal' can be a rewarding hobby, offering gardeners a chance to cultivate and enjoy these beautiful flowers.

  • 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: The petals of the dahlia can be used to create natural plant dyes for textiles, offering a range of colors from pinks to deep purples depending on the use of mordants.
    • Edible Tubers: Dahlia tubers are considered a root vegetable in some cultures and can be eaten raw or cooked, offering a flavor profile similar to a cross between radishes and carrots.
    • Floral Crafts: Dried dahlia blooms can be used in the craft industry for making potpourri, decorative wreaths, or pressed flower art due to their vibrant colors and interesting textures.
    • Photography Subject: Dahlias, with their dramatic blooms and vivid colors, are popular subjects for photographers, both professional and hobbyists, looking to capture the natural beauty in flora.
    • Garden Pest Control: Planting dahlias may help deter certain garden pests, as they can attract predator insects that feed on pest species.
    • Tattoo Inspiration: The intricate and colorful patterns of dahlia flowers are often used by tattoo artists as inspiration for creating body art.
    • Teaching Tool: The wide variety of dahlia shapes and colors can be used in schools or educational programs to teach about plant biology, genetics, and breeding practices.
    • Culinary Garnish: Fresh dahlia petals can be used to garnish desserts and salads, adding a splash of color and a mild spicy flavor to dishes.
    • Symbolism and Cultural Significance: Dahlias can be used in cultural festivals and events as they hold various symbolic meanings, such as celebration, dignity, and change in different cultures.
    • Flower Arranging Competitions: Dahlias are a staple in flower shows and arranging competitions due to their diverse forms and long-lasting blooms, which offer many possibilities for creative displays.

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 Dignity: Dahlias, with their intricate petals and striking appearance, symbolize sophistication and grace.
    • Change and Diversity: The wide variety of colors and forms of dahlias represent embracing change and diversity.
    • Creativity: Dahlias inspire creative thinking and are often associated with artistic expression due to their unique patterns and vibrant colors.
    • Commitment and Bond: Giving dahlias is a way to express a lasting commitment or bond, as they symbolize an everlasting union.
    • Wealth and Prosperity: These flowers are also seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity due to their full-bodied blooms and rich color range.

Every 3 to 5 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Dahlias require consistent moisture, so it's important to water them deeply and regularly, aiming for at least once a week. During hotter periods, you may need to water them more frequently. A good approach is to provide the Dahlias with about an inch of water each week, which translates to roughly 0.6 gallons for each plant. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of fungal infections, and allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again to prevent overwatering.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias thrive in full sun, which means they need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Planting them in a spot that receives morning sunlight and some afternoon shade can help protect them from the intense heat of the day. They perform best when exposed to bright, unfiltered light for the majority of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias grow best in temperatures that range from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime and 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. They can survive minimum temperatures of just above freezing but will not tolerate frost. Maximum heat tolerance for Dahlias is around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, beyond which they may need protection from intense sun and heat stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Dahlias to promote bushier growth, enhance air circulation, and encourage more blooms. Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, should be done consistently throughout the blooming season. Cut back the entire plant in late fall after the first frost has caused the foliage to die back. The best time for more extensive pruning is early spring, just when new growth begins to emerge from the tubers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlia 'Natal' thrives best in a well-draining, loamy soil with added organic matter such as compost or manure. A slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.5 and 7.0 is ideal for optimal growth and blooming. Regular fertilization during the growing season will benefit the dahlias' performance.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, like Dahlia 'Natal', typically don't need annual repotting and can thrive for several seasons before needing to be divided. It's best to repot or divide them when they begin to show signs of overcrowding, roughly every 2-3 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias, including Dahlia 'Natal', enjoy moderate humidity levels but are adaptable to a variety of humidity conditions as long as they are planted in well-draining soil and receive adequate airflow to prevent fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good airflow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Dahlia 'Natal' (Ba) begins its life cycle as a tuber, which is planted in the spring after the last frost when the soil is warm. It sprouts and develops into a lush bush with strong stems and leaves. During the summer, the plant blossoms, producing vibrant, showy flowers that are the hallmark of Dahlias. After flowering, as the days shorten and the temperatures drop in autumn, the plant prepares for dormancy; the above-ground foliage begins to wither. Gardeners typically cut back the dead foliage and may lift and store the tubers over winter in colder regions to protect them from freezing. The following spring, the cycle begins anew when the stored tubers are replanted or newly propagated tubers are used to grow new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Dahlia 'Natal', commonly referred to as just Dahlia, is best propagated through division, a method that is most effective in the spring. To propagate Dahlias by division, first carefully lift the tuberous roots from the ground after the first frost has killed back the foliage, usually in late autumn. Clean the soil from the tubers and store them in a cool, frost-free place over winter. In the spring, just before planting time, divide the tubers so that each section has at least one eye or bud. Cut the tubers with a sharp, clean knife, making sure that each division is about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) long with at least one good eye. Let the cuts dry for a day or two to form a callus over the wound, which helps prevent rotting. After the calluses form, plant the tubers in well-drained soil, situated in an area that receives full sun.