Dahlia Dahlia 'Shep's Memory' (WL)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Shep's Memory'


Dahlia 'Shep's Memory' (WL) is a captivating plant that boasts large, showy flowers. Its blooms are characterized by their waterlily shape, presenting a serene and symmetrical appearance. The petals usually exhibit a gradient of colors, shifting from a soft, creamy base to a gentle blend of pastel hues often found in pinks, lavenders, or peaches. Each individual petal smoothly curves towards the sky, creating a cupped effect that adds to the bloom's overall opulence. The flowers stand proudly on sturdy stems, and the lush green foliage provides a striking contrast to the radiant blossoms. This variety of dahlia creates a stunning visual impact in any garden, drawing the eye with its charming and colorful display.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Garden Dahlia, Georgina

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Shep's Memory' (WL)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias are not known to be toxic to humans. In general, dahlias—including the variety 'Shep's Memory'—do not contain substances that are harmful if ingested in small quantities. Therefore, accidental ingestion of dahlia parts is unlikely to cause poisoning or serious health consequences in humans.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, including the variety 'Shep's Memory,' are generally considered non-toxic to pets. They are not listed among plants that pose a poisoning risk to cats, dogs, or other household pets. If a pet were to ingest a small amount of dahlia plant material, it is unlikely to experience symptoms of poisoning, but it may have mild gastrointestinal upset. It is always best to prevent pets from eating plants as a precaution.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes with its showy blooms.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects which are important for pollination.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, beds, and containers, offering various gardening design possibilities.
    • Cut Flowers: Long-lasting blooms are ideal for cut flower arrangements, adding beauty to indoor settings.
    • Easy Propagation: Can be easily propagated from cuttings or tubers, allowing gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.
    • Season-Long Bloom: Provides flowers from mid-summer until the first frosts, ensuring a continuous display of color.

  • 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

    • Dahlia petals are edible and can be used to add color and a unique flavor to salads or desserts.
    • The tubers of dahlias are rich in inulin and can be used as a substitute for starch in various recipes.
    • Dahlia flowers can be used in the art of flower pressing to create natural decorations or crafts.
    • Pigment from dahlia flowers can be extracted and used in natural dyeing processes for textiles.
    • Floral arrangements with dahlias can serve as natural insect repellents due to their scent.
    • Dahlias can be planted as companion plants to help deter pests from more sensitive crops or flowers.
    • The hollow stems of dahlias can be used in crafts, such as making natural straws or for structural elements in small scale models.
    • Dahlia flowers can be used in bath bombs or soaps for their color and mild fragrance, adding a touch of luxury to bath products.
    • During educational activities, dahlias can be used to teach botany and horticulture through hands-on gardening experiences.
    • Dahlias can be used in photography as a compelling subject matter due to their vibrant colors and intricate petal arrangements.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Dahlias are not commonly referenced in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Dahlias are not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Dignity and Elegance: The dahlia is often associated with poise and grace, reflecting a dignified appearance due to its intricate petals and array of colors.
    • Commitment and Bond: Dahlias are sometimes given as a symbol of a lasting bond and commitment to another person, representing fidelity.
    • Change and Variety: With its wide range of colors and forms, the dahlia can symbolize the embrace of change and diversity in life.
    • Creativity: The artistic pattern of the dahlia's petals symbolizes innovation and an unconventional approach, making it a perfect gift for artists or creatives.
    • Inner Strength: Despite its delicate looks, the dahlia is a flower that stands strong in adverse conditions, symbolizing inner strength.
    • Warning: Some cultures may consider the dahlia to be a symbol of impending change, not always positive, serving as a subtle caution.

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

    For the Dahlia 'Shep's Memory', commonly known as dahlia, the watering needs are moderate, preferring a consistent schedule. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. During the peak growth season, in spring and summer, dahlias may need more frequent watering, especially in hotter climates. Aim for about 1-2 gallons per plant for each watering, depending on the soil type and weather conditions. Always avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of disease and wet foliage.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias thrive best in a location that receives full sunlight, around 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. They can tolerate partial shade, but they will produce fewer blooms in lower light conditions. Choose a spot in your garden that is well-lit and receives morning sunlight, which is less harsh and helps dry the dew on the leaves, reducing disease risk.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias prefer a temperate climate with a temperature range between 60°F and 75°F for optimal growth. They can survive in temperatures as low as the upper 40s°F but should not be exposed to frost, as it can kill the plant. Conversely, high temperatures over 90°F can stress the plant, so provide shade or mulch to help regulate soil temperature and retain moisture during extreme heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning dahlia plants helps to promote bushier growth and more flowers. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage continual blooming throughout the season. Additionally, practice pinching out the tips of young plants to stimulate branching. The best time for pruning dahlias is late winter to early spring, before new growth begins. Cut back any old or dead foliage to maintain plant health and vigor.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias thrive in well-draining soil with a pH of around 6.5. A mix containing loam, peat moss, and sand is ideal to ensure proper drainage while retaining adequate moisture. Incorporating compost into the soil mix can also provide necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including 'Shep's Memory', should be repotted annually, typically in the spring. This allows the tubers to be divided if necessary and gives the plant fresh soil with renewed nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias prefer a moderate humidity level, avoiding conditions that are too dry or excessively humid. Consistently high humidity can promote fungal diseases, so ensuring good air circulation around the plants is crucial.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, rich soil and space for tubers.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, fertile soil, regular watering, staking.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Dahlia 'Shep's Memory', commonly known as Dahlia, begins its life cycle as a tuber planted after the last frost when the soil has warmed. The tuber will sprout and grow into a bushy, flowering plant throughout the spring and summer, requiring ample sunlight and water. Blooms typically appear mid-summer and can continue until the first fall frost, showcasing its vibrant flowers. After flowering, Dahlias enter a period of dormancy in autumn when the foliage dies back with the onset of cooler temperatures. In regions with freezing winters, the tubers are often dug up and stored in a cool, dry place until the next spring. The cycle repeats when the stored tubers are replanted after the frost, making Dahlias perennial through this process of overwintering in cold climates.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Dahlia 'Shep's Memory', commonly known as dahlia, is typically propagated by division of its tuberous roots, which is best done in the spring when the plant is beginning to grow new shoots. The process involves digging up the clump of dahlia tubers very gently to avoid damage, and then using a sharp, clean knife to slice between the tubers, ensuring that each division has at least one eye, or bud, from which new growth will sprout. These divisions can then be planted directly into prepared beds, ideally with the top of the tuber positioned about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) below the soil surface. The soil should be well-draining and rich in organic matter to support the growth of new plants. Once planted, it’s important to water the divisions sparingly until new growth becomes more evident, indicating that the plant has established itself and is beginning to grow. This method encourages a high success rate and keeps the garden filled with these vibrant flowers year after year.