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Dahlia colour comparison – Burgundy

Dahlia colours - Burgundy

A comparison of burgundy dahlias

I am a sucker for dark red and burgundy flowers. I always have been. It doesn’t matter what the flower type is – roses, tulips, peonies, dahlias – the dark reds have my heart. I don’t know if it’s the association of romance, or the dramatic colour palette… I just know that I LOVE them! I dream of breeding a burgundy dahlia with a similar form to a Cafe au lait or Buckajo Watermelon one day. Can you imagine it? *sigh* 

You can find tubers for most of these varieties available in my online store (dahlia tubers are usually available from July-November). Some of the varieties listed here are not available in the online store, this could be because I don’t have many plants of that variety and am still propagating it or because it is a seedling that I am still trialling before release to the public. As a commercial cut flower farm we also discontinue varieties at times so they may only be available for one season in the online shop. I’ve listed the varieties below in alphabetical order.

Florelie Magpie

A new release in 2020 these blooms are a very dark burgundy with the occasional white petal which remind me of a magpie’s colouring. It is a decorative form and a good cut flower.

Florelie Midnight

The darkest burgundy I have seen to date, Florelie Midnight boasts large dark burgundy, almost black, ball shaped flowers. A new release in 2020, I have high hopes for this one as a commercial cut flower.

Florelie Pendulum 

A small dark red flower on long, slender, straight stems. Flowers are not as dark as most of those included in this study. It is a good cut flower and a productive plant.


A dark burgundy-cylamen ball shaped bloom. Some years I have planted it with my purple blooms, other years with my burgundy ones. If you are looking for a darker bloom to coordinate with purple flowers this may be the one for you. Flowers are tightly formed which results in good vase life.

Jessie G

Very similar to Steve’s Choice, sometimes I find it difficult to tell these 2 varieties apart depending on the stage of bloom. Petals are generally tighter and curl in on themselves making little tubes which open up with the flower. A lovely dark red variety which isn’t prone to fading in the sun. Excellent cut flower variety.



A very dark burgundy pompon, the darkest pompon that I know of. A productive plant. In my top 3 favourite poms that I’ve tried so far.

Not Karma Choc

A large flower which opens dark red and fades to a medium red as the flower ages. A highly recommended plant for beginner growers as tubers divide and store well. Very healthy tuber maker. If you are dividing and can’t see any eyes, don’t throw those ones away – store them and check them again in spring as I have been surprised by just how many of the ones I thought would never grow sprouted eyes in spring! Tubers have very little ‘neck’ and eyes often sprout even when it looks like you didn’t leave enough of the original stalk in my experience. An excellent garden variety.

Pixie Rose

Flowers open dark burgundy and fade on the edges as they age giving it a pretty ombre appearance. A slightly shorter plant than Steve’s Choice. A good garden variety as plants are a little shorter so you may not need to support it. We don’t stake on our farm and I haven’t had a problem with this one falling over.

Pride of Place

A burgundy pom with a purple tinge to it. A productive plant. In my top 3 favourite poms that I’ve tried so far.

Steve’s choice

I love Steve’s Choice. I find it to be an excellent performer as a commercial cut flower. It’s one of our top performers here on the farm. Long straight stems for cutting and consistently productive throughout the season. Not prone to fading like Pixie Rose and a larger flower. Very similar to Jessie G however petals are slightly more cupped rather than tubular and the plant is a little taller.

Below is an annotated copy of the photo from the top with the flower heads laid out to see the variance in colour, shape and size 

So which burgundy dahlia are you going to add to your garden or farm? I hope that these comparisons have helped you to see subtle differences between colour, shape and characteristics in these dahlias and identify which ones you might be most interested in growing. You can purchase tubers for most of these varieties in my online shop sometime between July-November each year.

If you have a question that I didn’t answer please send me an email at and let me know. Chances are there are others who are wondering the exact same thing and I can include it in the FAQ section below for future readers.

Happy growing!


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Lorelie / Florelie

Lorelie Merton. Flower farmer. Cut flower grower and dahlia tuber seller at Florelie Seasonal Flowers in Bungaree, near Ballarat, Victoria Australia. Dahlia grower, Australian dahlia tuber sales.
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