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Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Dahlia 'Arabian Night'
Dahlia 'Arabian Night'
Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Dark and mysterious, Dahlia 'Arabian Night' is deservedly popular, with its dramatic deep red flowerheads with a tinge of black in the petals. It stands about 1m tall, with flowerheads between 1-15cm across. Combine with pinks and plum-coloured flowers, or use as a contrast for blazing oranges.

Dahlias, as grown in the garden, are hybrids of plants originating from Central America. They tend to prefer free draining soils in full sun that are watered regularly.  Dahlias are late flowering, often into mid-November, providing a splash of colour when other plants are past their best. Their splash of colour does require work: not only do the taller varieties require staking, all require regular feeding and deadheading, and their tubers need to be lifted in the late autumn and stored.

Dahlias are divided into groups based on the appearance of their flowerheads. Decorative dahlias have fully double flowerheads, with no central disc visible, and the petals have slightly incurved edges and usually blunt points.

Scientific family Asteraceae Special type
Type Herbaceous perennial Origin Central America
Lifecycle Deciduous
Garden style Cottage/informal Town/courtyard Position Border Containers
Awards Features
Wildlife pH Acid Alkaline Neutral
Fragrance Aspect South East
Exposure Sheltered Growth rate
Growth Habit Clump/mound forming Maintenance High maintenance
Health caution Poisonous Additional use Cut flowers
Time to maturity 1-2 years Spacing cm
Planting depth cm

Season growth


Dahlia 'Arabian Nights' at Hampton Court 2011
Dahlia 'Arabian Night'. Small, decorative.
Dahlia 'Arabian Night'
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Soil Clay Loam Sand
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US hardiness zone
Max mature height 100cm
Mature spread 50-50cm