Dahlia merckii

This is one of the hardier dahlias in UK cultivation. With us it grows at the base of the sunny brick wall to the Tropical Rainforest displays of the Glasshouse Range and comes through the winter unscathed.

The fine foliage is topped with very many single simple flowers that open a strong mauve before fading to a pretty lilac.
This year it is flowering simultaneously with a bright carmine red cousin, Dahlia coccinea.

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