Dahlia Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' (PBR) (D)

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


The Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' stands out with its strikingly beautiful flowers. These blooms capture attention with their unique color palette, typically presenting shades of soft pink and creamy white. The petals are arranged in a delicate, layered formation, exuding both fullness and a sophisticated appearance. Each petal is elegantly curved, contributing to the flower's overall lush and rounded shape. Complementing the stunning flowers, the foliage of the "Ocean Bird" Dahlia is a deep green, providing a strong contrast that further accentuates the color of the blooms. The leaves are typically pinnate with leaflets arranged in an orderly fashion, emanating from the stem with an appealing symmetry. As a tuberous type of flower, the "Ocean Bird" Dahlia enjoys full sun exposure, which not only encourages abundant flowering but also helps intensify the vibrancy of its colors. The flowers themselves are relatively sizable, making them a popular choice for bouquets and floral arrangements, as well as a stand-out addition to any garden display. The plant's poised posture is supported by sturdy stems, which hold the significant weight of the blooms with ease. Overall, this cultivar of Dahlia is prized for its ornamental qualities, offering a breathtaking display that combines grace, color, and a touch of nature's elegance.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Ocean Bird Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' (PBR) (D).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Ocean Bird', are not known to be toxic to humans. Therefore, ingesting parts of the plant typically does not pose a risk of poisoning and should not result in any harmful symptoms. However, it is always advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants as they are not intended for consumption, and individuals may have personal allergies or sensitivities.

    • To pets

      Dahlias are generally considered non-toxic to pets as well. The Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' should not cause significant harm if a pet ingests parts of the plant. Poisoning from dahlias is unusual, and symptoms are not commonly reported. However, as with any plant, consumption in large quantities may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets, so it is recommended to keep an eye on your pet and consult a veterinarian if any unusual symptoms occur after ingestion.

  • 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

    • Visual Appeal: Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' offers stunning large blooms that can add a dramatic splash of color to any garden.
    • Variety of Colors: The plant comes in a range of colors, making it a versatile choice for different garden color schemes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: This plant is great for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, which are essential for a healthy garden.
    • Long Flowering Season: Dahlias often have a long blooming period from midsummer until the first frosts, providing prolonged garden interest.
    • Great for Cutting: The flowers of the Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' are excellent for cutting and often used in floral arrangements.
    • Easy to Grow: Dahlias are generally easy to cultivate, making them a good choice for novice gardeners.
    • Can Be Grown in Containers: This variety is well-suited to container gardening, which is ideal for those with limited space.

  • 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 textiles, imparting hues ranging from pink to purple depending on the intensity of the petals and the type of fabric.
    • Inked Impressions: Dahlia petals can be used to make botanical prints on paper or fabric, creating unique patterns and designs through the art of pounding or eco-printing.
    • Ceramic Inspiration: Artists can use the intricate forms and patterns of Dahlia blooms as inspiration for designing motifs in pottery and ceramics.
    • Frozen Embellishments: Freeze Dahila petals in ice cubes to add an elegant touch to cold beverages for special occasions.
    • Gourmet Garnishes: The vibrant petals of Dahlias can be used to garnish deluxe dishes and desserts, offering an edible decoration to culinary presentations.
    • Photography Props: Photographers can employ Dahlias in still life photography to add depth and interest with their full range of colors and intricate flower structures.
    • Crafting Potpourri: Dried Dahlia petals can be mixed into potpourri to create decorative elements with a touch of natural fragrance for home décor.
    • Floral Bath Salts: Incorporate dried Dahlia petals into homemade bath salts for a luxurious bathing experience with a gentle, natural scent.
    • Natural Confetti: Biodegradable and eco-friendly, Dahlias petals can serve as natural confetti for celebrations, reducing environmental impact while still adding color and joy.
    • Bookmarks: Pressing Dahlia flowers or petals in a heavy book can produce delicate bookmarks for bibliophiles or artistic inserts in journals and letters.

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

    • Dignity: The dahlia carries a sense of poise and dignity, making it a symbol of one's ability to stand strong and maintain composure under pressure.
    • Elegance: Known for its intricate petals and striking appearance, dahlias often represent elegance and inner strength.
    • Creativity: With its myriad forms and colors, the dahlia can be a symbol of creativity and inspiration, encouraging people to embrace uniqueness.
    • Change: The diverse appearances of dahlias can symbolize change and diversity, as well as the ability to thrive in different circumstances.
    • Commitment: The flower's lasting nature makes it a symbol of commitment and a bond that stands the test of time.

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  • water dropWater

    Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Ocean Bird', typically require a consistent watering schedule to ensure healthy growth. During the growing season, water the plant deeply once or twice a week, providing about 1-2 inches of water each time. It's crucial to avoid overwatering, as Dahlias do not like to sit in soggy soil, which can lead to root rot. Make sure the soil is well-draining and water early in the morning to allow foliage to dry out during the day. Adjust your watering frequency based on weather conditions—water more frequently during hot, dry spells and reduce watering if there's been ample rainfall.

  • sunLight

    Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' thrives in full sun conditions. The ideal spot for this plant would be a location where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid planting in areas with heavy shade, as insufficient light can lead to weak growth and fewer blooms. Morning sunlight is particularly beneficial because it dries dew from the foliage, reducing the risks of fungal infections.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' prefers a temperate climate with day temperatures ranging between 60°F to 75°F and night temperatures not dropping below 60°F. These plants can survive a minimum temperature of about 50°F, but frost can be detrimental. The ideal temperature range maximizes growth and flowering. Dahlias begin to struggle when temperatures exceed 85°F, so during hot spells, they may require some protection from the intense afternoon heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Dahlias like 'Ocean Bird', pruning helps to encourage fuller plants and more blooms. Pinch out the growing tips when the plant is about a foot tall to promote branching. Remove dead flowers (deadheading) to encourage continuous blooming throughout the season. Additionally, cutting back the plant by a third in midsummer can rejuvenate the plant for fall flowering. The best time for heavy pruning is late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the Dahlia, a rich, well-draining soil mix with a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.5 to 7.0 is ideal. An optimal soil mix can be achieved by combining equal parts of garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage and aeration. Regular organic matter additions will benefit the Dahlia's growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Ocean Bird', should be repotted annually. It is best to repot them in the spring when new growth appears, giving the plant fresh soil and room to grow throughout the season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias thrive in moderate humidity levels. The best humidity level for Dahlia 'Ocean Bird' would be around 40-60%. They can tolerate some degree of variance but should be protected from excessively dry or damp conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Dahlias in bright, indirect light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun and shelter from strong winds for Dahlias.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Dahlia 'Ocean Bird', commonly known as simply Dahlia, begins with a tuber planted in spring after the last frost when the soil is warm. This perennial grows swiftly, sprouting stems and leaves to form a bushy plant. By midsummer, the plant starts to produce its first blossoms, which can be large, showy flowers in various colors depending on the cultivar. Dahlias bloom from midsummer through fall until the first frost, with deadheading encouraging continued flowering. As a tender perennial in cooler climates, the plant will die back with the first frost, at which point the tubers can be dug up, stored for winter, and replanted the next spring. In warmer climates where frost is not a concern, the tubers can be left in the ground to overwinter and will begin a new growth cycle in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Dahlia 'Ocean Bird', often referred to simply as Dahlia, is most commonly propagated through the division of tubers, which is typically done during the dormant period before the growing season begins, usually in the early spring. To propagate by division, first, ensure that each division has at least one eye, which is a bud from which the new plant will grow. Carefully separate the tubers using a sharp knife, making sure not to damage the eyes. Once divided, the tuber sections can be planted in well-draining soil at a depth of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), spaced about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow adequate room for growth. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the tubers and begin the growing process.