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COLLERETTE DAHLIAS

Collerette dahlias have blooms with a single outer ring of generally flat ray florets, which must overlap, with a ring of small florets (the collar) the centre forming a disc.

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This variety is Mariposa.

The following list includes the varieties listed by the NDS in 2012.

The upper case colour is the colour of the ray florets, the lower case is the colour of the collar.

variety

colour

use

intro

raiser

country

height

Ann Breckenfelder

R. & y-r bls

E.G.C.

2004

geerlings

NL

120

Bride's Bouquet

W. & w.

E.G.

1958

Geerlings

NL

80

Carreg Cyril's Girl

Y.-Pk.Bls&y.-pk.

E.G.

2007

bright

UK

100

Cascade Ken

R. & r.

E.G.

2005

thompson,j

UK

90

Christmas Carol

R. & r.-y.bls.

E.G.

1988

Connell

usa

90

Clair de Lune

Y. & y.

E.G.

1946

Maarse

NL

90

Curiosity

Br.-R.Bls & w.

E.

1954

Bruidegom

NL

90

Danum Torch

R.-Y.Bls&y.

E.G.

2000

Oscroft

UK

 

Don Hill

Pu. & r.w.bls

E.G.C.

2004

Reid

UK

 

Elizabeth Snowden

W. & w.

E.G.

1986

Mcclaren

usa

90

Fairfield Frost

W. & w.

E.G.C.

2005

hardy

UK

1.25

Fashion Monger

Pk.-Y.Bls & w.

E.G.

1955

Bruidegom

NL

90

Grand Duc

R.-Y.Bic. & y.

G.

1956

Geerlings

NL

45

Hillcrest Regal

Pu. & r.w.bls

E.G.C.

1996

Jackson

UK

110

Hootenanny

Dk.R. & dk.r.

G.

2005

Gitts

USA

 

Inglebrook Jill

R. & r.

E.G.C.

1997

hamilton,j

NZ

120

Mariposa

Pk. & pk.

E.G.

1958

Topsvoort

NL

105

Mary Eveline

R. & w.

E.G.C.

1987

chambers,w

NZ

90

Orel

Pu.-R.Bls. & w.

E.G.C.

1993

vaclavik

CZ

 

Patricia

R. & r.

E.G.C.

1998

chambers,w

NZ

120

Pooh

R.-Y.Bic & y.

E.G.C.

1998

gitts

USA

110

Rosalie

Pk. & pk.

E.G.

 

horton

UK

 

Scarlett Claire

R. & r.-w.bls

E.G.C.

2007

kitchener

UK

 

Teesbrooke Audrey

L.& l.-w.bls

E.G.

2000

orley

UK

110

Teesbrooke Redeye

L. & l.

E.G.C.

2005

orley

UK

100

Thais

R. & pu.-w.

E.

1969

Maarse

NL

120

Tranquility

W.&w.

E.G.C.

1999

Hammett,k

NZ

90

Trelyn Daisy

W.&w.

E.G.C.

2007

tudor

UK

135

Wheels

R.&y.

E.G.

1996

swan island

USA

90

 

Subtype

(Lil.) indicates a lilliput dahlia, which is usually less than 15 inches (45cms) in height and with flowers not normally bigger than 2 inch diameter.

(Dw.B.) indicates a dwarf bedding variety which does not normally exceed 24 inches (60cms) in height

Use

C. indicates suitable as a cut flower, ie it has long wiry stems.

E. indictes the variety is suitable for exhibition purposes.

G. indictes suitable for general garden use.

P. indicates the variety is suitable for growing in pots or patio containers.

Some examples of Collerette dahlias

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Libretto

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Pooh

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Wowee

 

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Hillcrest Regal

 

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Amgard Candyman

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Amgard Emily

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Amgard Sahara

     

Evolution of Collerette Dahlias

There are two types of petal in  collerette dahlias. One type is flat with round ends as found in varieties like Amgard Louise and Amgard Embers, while others have more pointed petals, such as Elizabeth Snowden and Fashion Monger.  A few British raisers have concentrated on this type of dahlias and have developed some interesting combinations.
Amgard Louise Amgard Embers
Elizabeth Snowden Fashion Monger

The more pointed petals have continued to be involute and there are two varieties (not yet released) that can be described as Star Collerettes as their petals have the characteristics of star or orchid flowered dahlias.  One of these is my own which is around 7 inches in diameter and self coloured, and the other was raised by Les Jackson of Carlisle. This has different colours on the front and back of the petals giving a very distinctive look to the bloom.

 
   

 

I have developed a collerette with fimbriated petals, and don't know of any others in the world at present.

A further development is the arrival of a collerette which is scented. It was raised by Les Jackson and is called Hillcrest Fragrant.
Hillcrest Fragrant

During his hybridising of collerettes, Ivor Kitchener has produced some double layered collerettes, a throwback to the first five decades of the 1900's.

Ivor Kitchener has done a significant amount of work on hybridising collerettes and produced a study for the RHS which is published on this site. Ivor's collerettes tend to be larger than most and are frequently around 6 inches in diameter.

Last Updated February 13, 2013

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