Dahlia 'Speech'
Dahlia 'Speech'
Dahlia 'Speech'
Dahlia 'Speech'
Dahlia 'Speech'
Dahlia 'Speech'

Dahlia 'Speech'

Dahlia 'Speech'

1 tuber — £4.75

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Description

Unapologetically showy and flamboyant, anemone-flowered dahlias such as Dahlia 'Speech' are the birds of paradise of this genus. The powder puff centre of this bright crimson variety consists of many densely packed, tubular florets, and is surrounded by large petals with feathery white appendages. We have seen Dahlia 'Speech' used to stunning effect as the only red in a purple scheme, woven through plants such as Verbena bonariensis, Eryngium 'Victory Blue', and Salvia 'Amethyst', with the buff-coloured grass Pennisetum 'Fairy Tales' to add lightness and movement. Divine!   

The flowers of Dahlia 'Speech' are attractive to pollinators and provide a welcome source of nectar from early summer until the first frosts. They are also highly valued by florists due to a particularly impressive vase life. Picking first thing in the morning or later in the evening (when moisture levels are high) will help cut flowers last even longer. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Dahlia 'Speech'

  • Flower colour

    Crimson, red

  • Tuber size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 tubers per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower Gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Dahlias in 60 seconds

Dahlias like full sun and a free-draining soil, and should be lifted and stored in winter, or at least protected with peat or straw. Dahlia flowers can range from 5 to 25cm in diameter and those magnificent larger-flowering dahlias might appreciate a little extra support with canes!

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