Dahlia [Taxi Driver] Dahlia Taxi Driver = 'Vdtg57' (PBR) (Dark Angel Series) (Sin)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia [Taxi Driver]


[Taxi Driver] is a compact cultivar that bears single, yellow flowers with golden central eyes, set against bronze foliage in summer and early autumn. Height to 40cm

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dahlia 'Taxi Driver', Dark Angel 'Taxi Driver'.

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Vdtg57'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Visual Appeal: Adds vibrant color and unique textures to gardens with its bright blooms.
    • Attracts Pollinators: A source of nectar and pollen, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    • Long Blooming Season: Offers flowers from early summer until the first frosts, providing an extended display.
    • Easy to Grow: Adaptable to various soil types and relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for gardeners of all levels.
    • Can be Grown in Containers: Suitable for patios, balconies, or small gardens when space is limited.
    • Great Cut Flowers: Dahlia blooms are long-lasting when cut, bringing beauty to indoor arrangements.
    • Wide Range of Uses: Perfect for borders, bedding, and cut flower gardens, providing versatility in landscaping.
    • Seasonal Decoration: Ideal for creating festive autumn displays due to its deep colors and timing of blooms.

  • 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

    • The tubers of the Dahlia can be used to make natural dyes for fabrics, with different parts of the plant yielding different hues.
    • As a symbol in art and literature, Dahlias can represent elegance and dignity, inspiring poets and artists for their work.
    • In photography, Dahlias, with their vibrant colors and intricate petal patterns, are often used as subjects for practicing macro and nature photography.
    • Dahlias can serve as a tool for learning in botany and horticulture classes due to their diverse forms and genetics.
    • The rich colors of the Dahlia petals can be used in craft projects, such as making eco-friendly confetti or decorating eco-candles.
    • During festivities, Dahlias can be woven into garlands or wreaths for decorating tables, doors, or event spaces.
    • A Dahlia garden can act as a living laboratory for studying pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to ecological research.
    • The plant's sturdy stems allow for their use in lightweight construction projects, such as creating decorative lattice works for gardens.
    • In culinary arts, Dahlia petals, which are edible, can be used as a colorful garnish for desserts and salads.
    • When dried and pressed, Dahlia flowers can be incorporated into handmade papers, providing a unique texture and pattern.

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, with its elegant blooms, has been associated with dignity, reflecting self-respect and the ability to remain graceful under pressure.
    • Commitment and Bond: Due to the flower's complex structure and the effort it takes to cultivate, dahlias have come to symbolize commitment and the bond that exists in enduring relationships.
    • Creativity: Dahlias show an exquisite range of colors and forms, making them a symbol of innovation and creativity, indicating an encouragement to embrace an artistic or creative path.
    • Change and Transition: As a flower that blooms from early summer until the first frost, the dahlia represents change and the ability to thrive despite challenges, suggesting adaptability and transition.
    • Diversity and Uniqueness: With their multitude of varieties, dahlias are often cherished as symbols of diversity and the celebration of uniqueness, reflecting the myriad of differences in personalities and societies.

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

    The Dark Angel Dahlia requires consistent moisture, especially during the growing season, and it's best to water deeply once or twice a week depending on weather conditions. This equates to approximately 1 gallon of water per week for each plant. The soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. It is important to water the plants at the base to keep the foliage dry and prevent fungal infections. Overhead watering should be avoided to keep the flowers looking their best.

  • sunLight

    Dark Angel Dahlias thrive in full sun, which means they need at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. The best spot for planting them is a location where they will receive direct sunlight during the morning and partial shade during the hottest part of the afternoon to prevent the flowers from fading.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias prefer moderate temperatures and perform best in an environment where daytime temperatures are between 70°F and 85°F. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 60°F but should be protected from freezing conditions, as they are sensitive to frost. Ideal growing temperature conditions for Dahlias are between 70°F and 75°F during the day.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Dahlias is necessary to promote vigorous growth and more prolific blooming. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooms. Cut back the stems to about 3 inches in late autumn after the first frost has blackened the foliage and the plants start to die back, preparing them for winter dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Taxi Driver', thrive best in a well-draining, fertile soil mix. A good recipe for dahlia potting mix might include equal parts peat moss, loamy garden soil, and perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage. Compost can also be added to enrich the soil. These plants prefer a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0. Regular fertilization can help maintain soil fertility as dahlias are heavy feeders.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias like 'Taxi Driver' generally don’t need to be repotted very often. They are typically grown from tubers that are planted annually. If grown in pots, dahlias should be repotted each spring as new growth begins. The best time to repot is when the tubers are divided after the dormant period in late winter or early spring before starting a new growth cycle.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias, such as 'Taxi Driver', do not have specific humidity requirements but they do best in environments that mimic their native climates which is neither too dry nor too humid. Average room humidity is typically adequate, but ensuring good air circulation around the plant is beneficial to prevent any fungal problems that can arise in conditions of high humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, moderate watering, and sturdy support for growth.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, rich soil, consistent moisture, and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Dark Angel Dahlia 'Taxi Driver' (Dahlia x hortensis) begins with seed germination, where the seed is sown and emerges as a seedling under appropriate moisture, temperature, and light conditions. Following germination, the plant enters the vegetative stage showing substantial leaf growth. As the dahlias mature, they progress into the budding stage, in which flower buds develop signaling the onset of the reproductive phase. Full bloom occurs when the trademark vibrant, colorful flowers open and can be seen in late summer to fall. This ornamental plant's blossoms last until the first frost when the plant begins to wither, marking the end of its seasonal life cycle. In regions with cold winters, gardeners typically dig out the tubers after the first frost, store them over winter, and replant them the next spring, continuing the life cycle for multiple years.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for the Dahlia 'Taxi Driver' from the Dark Angel Series is through division of the tubers, which is typically done in spring when the danger of frost has passed. To propagate, carefully dig up the clump of dahlia tubers after the foliage has died back and the plant is dormant. The tubers should then be divided by gently breaking or cutting them apart, ensuring that each division has at least one eye, or growth point. The divisions can be planted directly into the garden at a depth of about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 centimeters) and spaced approximately 18 to 24 inches (45-60 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate growth and airflow. This method of propagation allows for an exact genetic copy of the parent plant and is an excellent way to expand your dahlia collection or rejuvenate old clumps that have become too dense.