Monday, 13 January 2014


Dahlia x hybrida 'Bishop of Llandaff' is a branching, tuberous tender perennial cultivar with dark eggplant-coloured, almost black, foliage. This produces a stunning contrast with its scarlet flowers. The plant was first bred by Fred Tresedar, a Cardiff nurseryman. It was selected by and named to honour Pritchard Hughes, Bishop of Llandaff, in 1924 and won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1928. It does not need staking or lifting in sandy soils. Divide in late Winter when leaf buds are visible.

The plant is about 1 m tall and flowers from June until September (Northern Hemisphere) and December to April (Southern Hemisphere). As with all dahlias, frost blackens its foliage, and its tubers need to be overwintered in a dry, frost-free place. A seed strain has been produced from this plant called 'Bishops Children', they retain the dark foliage colour but produce a mix of flower colours and flower shapes from single to semi-double flowers in different sizes.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.


  1. Lovely flower, the red is gorgeous. Have a happy week!

  2. It just pops off the screen.

  3. Meeting my eyes with vibrance.
    Have a nice evening.

  4. the light indicates a rainy day so I almost expected raindrops. Love the rich red color.


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