Morphology and Classification of Dahilas
Dahilas are half hardy perennials with tuberose root. Stems are mostly greet, branched, glabrous or Scabrous. The leaves 1-3 pinnate, with slightly scrrated margin, are produced opposite at cach node on the stom. They bear flowers on a long, stiff stems well above the folinage.
Below Given a Classification :
1. Single Flowered:
Flowers up to 10 cm across with only a single row petals. Disc apparent. Suitable for bedding purpose. e. g. Bambino, Little dorrit.
2. Anemone Flowered:
Flowers with one or more rows of petals surrounding a dense group of long tubular disc florets. e. g. Comet searlet comet and Guinca.
Flowers with one row of normal petals and one or more rows of small petals. Very good for flower arrangement c. g. Choh, sincerity and Thais.
4. Paeony Flowered:
Flowers have 2 or more rows of generally flattened petals. Disc apparent. c. g. Bishop of Liandoff.
Decorative dahlias have fully double flowers. The petals are broad, more or leas flat or slightly twisty and way c. g. Alvas.
Ball dahlias have fully double flowers. They are ball shaped. Petals are blunt or rounded at the tips. c. g. Riska miner.
Pampon dehlias have fully double blooms, globular in appearance, like table tannis balls. c. g. Diana Gregory, Honey Comb.
Cactus dahilias have fully double flowers. Outer petals are nattow. e. g. Easwwod snow.
9. Semi Cactus:
Semi cactus dahlias have fully double folwers. Like decorative dahlias, the half base of the petals are broad and flat. e. g. Super vantage.
This group consists of dahlin cultivars which do not fall into any of the a bove groups. e. g. Pink giraffe, Golden star.
11. Fimbriated :
Flowers fully double. Petals fimbriated form the tips. e. g. Frilly Dilly.
12. Water Loly:
The blooms are fully double. Outer detals are broad and slightly cupped with rounded ends. e. g. Porcclain, Joscot Lyn.
13. Star Flowered:
Small cupid-shaped flowers having 2-3 rows of pointed potals which overlap very slightly e. g White Star .