Thomas Edison Dahlia

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The eye-catching and dramatic purple of Thomas Edison Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata 'Thomas Edison') rises tall all summer and may even rebloom until fall! Giant, double blooms are deep purple and fade slightly at the edges, giving each bloom an ombre effect in the sun. They'll glow as focal points as cut flowers for fabulous vase arrangements!

Featuring tidy and low-maintenance, upright growth, Thomas Edison calls butterflies, Hummingbirds and flocks of admirers to your garden! The impressive blooms on tall, sturdy stems bring the blooms closer for you to admire, with lush, green foliage that holds its color all summer as well! Deeply divided leaves are an amazing backdrop to these bold blooms!

Healthy tubers are great in a wide range of growing zones, and are perennial in zones 8 and up! But cooler zones need not miss out, Thomas Edison Dahlia keeps well as a houseplant and will winter over indoors easily! Colder zones can dig the tubers and store them until spring.

Planting and Application:

So versatile, Thomas Edison will lend vivid color to your perennial gardens and borders, cutting gardens, planters and containers alike! They make a huge impression on your perennial and cottage borders where they don't take up much room but are sure to create quite the spectacle anywhere you choose to use them!

Thomas Edison acts like a beacon in container gardens and planters! Drop these magnificent focal points to your Creeping Jenny spillers and other bright yellow blooming fillers! Mix among your Rose gardens for golden accents and as the next layer to your bulb gardens to shine after they've bloomed and receded in the summer heat!

  • Huge (Dinner Plate Dahlia) Purple Blooms
  • Dramatic Ombre Effect
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Freely Reblooming
  • Great Butterfly & Cut Flower Specimens
  • Reliable Summer Bulbs, Containers & Planters, Beds & Borders

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Thomas Edison enjoys moist, organically rich soils in full sun and sometimes partial shade in hotter growing zones of USDA zones 9-10, Dahlia tubers can be lifted (dug up) in fall after frost and stored in growing zones 1-11. Preferring a wide range of soil types, clay, and acidic conditions, as long as they're planted in well-drained locations. To ensure even moisture, place mulch around the base of the plant. Adding mulch can add to the overall physical appearance of your landscaping to make it look clean and put together.

The foliage will fade in the fall and wilt with colder nights. In very cold climates, to save your tubers for the next year, dig up the plants after the first frost. Let them dry out, and then place in paper bags or boxes in a cool place. Throughout the winter, sprinkle a little water if the tubers are drying up. If you live in a warmer frost-free climate, just trim out stems to keep your plants looking their best; fresh growth will appear in the spring.

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Organic Soil
  • Moderate Consistent Moisture
  • Lift Tubers in Fall After Frost
  • Appreciates Monthly Fertilizer

Start your Dahlia collection or feed your existing Dahlia obsession with the gorgeous Thomas Edison Dahlia from Nature Hills today! Order yours today at and we’ll ship your bulbs at the correct planting time for your growing zone!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Thomas Edison Dahlia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 1-11 Annually (perennial in zones 9-11)
Growing Zones 1-11 Annually (perennial in zones 9-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Dahlia pinnata 'Thomas Edison'
Mature Height 36 - 48 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Fragrant No
Spacing 18 - 24 inches