Fellow gardeners I need your help! Confused Dahlia or Not?

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I'm fairly new at growing dahlias and have never seen a blossom look like this. Does anyone know the proper term for when a flower blooms with petals that look as if they should be on two different blossoms?
fellow gardeners i need your help confused dahlia or not, flowers, gardening
fellow gardeners i need your help confused dahlia or not, flowers, gardening
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  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Man Nitty Gritty Dirt Man on Aug 08, 2013
    I'm not a botanist, but that is definitely a dahlia. I've grown dahlias that produce flowers that bloom in one color and then fade with age -- so that there can be three different colors at once. Whatever the scientific name, celebrate its uniqueness!
  • Howdy NGDM! I did some digging on google and learned that it's a color mutation that causes this amazing variety in the petals of the dahlia. I knew it was a dahlia, but in all the time I've grown them I had never seen them do this! Thanks for the note! Deb Oh, and Happy gardening... I love your header.. Looks like a nice organized garden space and homey too! Deb
  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Aug 08, 2013
    I don't have the answer, but I'm floored by its beauty!
  • Joan A Joan A on Aug 08, 2013
    I'd say yes a Dahlia. Its beautiful. I'd love to have some of it in my yard.
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    • Rosalie Wertz Rosalie Wertz on Aug 09, 2013
      @Joan A sad that they didn't appreciate the beautiful flower beds and flowers looked.
  • Suzanne Kennerly Suzanne Kennerly on Aug 09, 2013
    maybe cross pollination ?
  • Thank you all! I've since learned that what causes this beautiful anomaly is a color mutation in the plant. So interesting. I saw something similar in a morning glory I grew last year as well. I'll see if I can find the image and post it as well.
    • Peg Peg on Aug 14, 2013
      @Deborah Jean of DANDELION HOUSE BLOG Are these flower on the same plant or two different plants? Amazing how it looks like a piece of one flower was taken off and put on the other, and vice versa! wonderful!
  • BONNIE J BONNIE J on Aug 09, 2013
    I GOT SOME FROM BRECKS--GROW VERY TALL IN VARIATIONS OF RASPBERRY RED & WHITE ; VERY STUNNING!!
  • Lisa J Lisa J on Aug 09, 2013
    It's a dahlia! These are my favorite flower they are so showy!
  • Caroline Pfeiffer Caroline Pfeiffer on Aug 09, 2013
    I think it is called poppers. Swan Dahlia has one that looks just like that one and this is the name of it. I love it.
  • Nene Jabczynski Nene Jabczynski on Aug 09, 2013
    Beautiful I would love to have a whole garden of those!
  • Darlene Mapes Darlene Mapes on Aug 10, 2013
    That is a dahlia, a very beautiful one!
  • Donna Alexander Donna Alexander on Aug 10, 2013
    Yes it is a dahlia and I really like it beautiful flower
  • P P on Aug 10, 2013
    I haven't seen this with Dahlias, but it is very striking. However, I have had many of my roses go from their original colors to deep reds and currently have one that blooms Salmon colored on one side of the plant and red on the other.
  • Freeindeed C Freeindeed C on Aug 10, 2013
    I don't know if this is true or not, but a neighbor told me when I was a child that storing the tubers all together rather than separating them by color/variety, causes them all to revert back to that red dominant gene.
  • Mary Mary on Aug 10, 2013
    Where can you obtain dahlias?
  • BONNIE J BONNIE J on Aug 11, 2013
    I GET MINE FROM BRECKS--HOLLAND BULBS. THEY GROW LIKE CRAZY--HAVE 8 PLANTS--3 VARIETIES THIS YEAR. ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE WATCHING THEM BLOOM!
  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 11, 2013
    It's a blessing. Jesus gave it to you!
  • Teresa D Teresa D on Aug 12, 2013
    Lovely!
  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on Mar 15, 2014
    Just beautiful!
  • Suzette Trimmer Suzette Trimmer on Jun 03, 2015
    Dahlia all the way and it is absolutely lovely! Dahlias can come in most commonly as tubers dry or already blooming. Just make sure you remove the tubers before first frost store in cool dark location over cold winter, in shoes box or I use paper shreds to store. Meantime be sure to deadhead for more blossoms.