Bodacious Dahlia Tubers

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Shade Full Sun
Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour Red/Crimson, Yellow/Gold
Type Tuber
Also Good Repeat Flowering, Vase Life
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Dahlia Bodacious (Decorative)

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Bodacious: Decorative Dahlia Tubers

Could any variety sum up what dahlias mean to most people than the dinnerplate-sized Bodacious Dahlia (or indeed live up to its name so well)? This giant decorative bears flowers at least 25cm wide with split and twisted petals in intense red with pale yellow tips.
Browse our other Decorative Dahlias or our full range of Dahlias here.

It's not just the two-tone colours or the size that is so eye-catching - the twisted and split petals - more than 50 on one bloom - give it a slightly shaggy look, which is appealing to those who don't care for the formal perfection of other types of dahlia. Grow it on the allotment or in a cut flower bed for massive blooms for flower arranging.


  • Colour: Red with yellow tips on petals
  • Foliage: Green
  • Flower Size: 25cm
  • Type: Giant Decorative Dahlia
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height/Spread: From 1.2m x 75cm
  • Flowering: July to November
  • Outdoor Planting Months: March to July

Growing Bodacious Dahlias

All dahlias do best in deep rich soil with good drainage in a sunny spot. If it is windy they will need staking. They are greedy, thirsty plants so will need watering in dry spells, and they will always flower that little bit better if there is a bit of soluble food in the watering can once every couple of weeks.

It is generally more convenient to put support stakes in at planting time, rather than leaving it until there is foliage in the way.

Planting Companions for Bodacious

It makes a good focal point in a bed with grasses and other red-flowered annuals. It also associates well with exotics like cannas, bananas, gladioli and crocosmia.

Did You Know?

It won the 2001 Derrill W. Hart Award from the American Dahlia Society for the highest scoring AA and A size dahlias for new hybrids sent to the North American Trial Gardens that year.

It is a great exhibition dahlia, as its colouring is so unusual and flower heads are so big.

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