Dahlias that do not fall into formally recognised groups such as single, cactus, semi-cactus, waterlily, ball, pompon, decorative, anemone and collerette will come under this category. Orchid dahlias, peony-flowered, chrysanthemum-flowered, Lilliput and star dahlias will all be classified as being part of this group as they do not meet the criteria for the other types. Many enthusiasts favour this group as it can give a degree of freedom, with all sorts of new cultivars being created which naturally brings great excitement.
Examples of miscellaneous dahlias
Bishop of Llandaff – this is a peony shaped dahlia which has semi-double, bright red blooms. The petals overlap and encircle a central disc. A ring of bright yellow anthers surrounds the disc and serves to make this a visually stunning flower which is about 5 – 6 cm or 2 – 3 inches across. The plant grows to a height of 1.1 metre or 3 ft 6 inches.
Jescot Julie – this is an example of an orchid flowered dahlia. The bloom has loose petals that are burnt orange, slightly curved upwards and with a darker, plum coloured underside. The flowers are 6 – 8 cm or 2 – 3 inches wide, and the plant grows to an overall height of 1 metre or 3 ft.
Freya’s Thalia – this is an example of a Lilliput dahlia. It grows to a diminutive 75 cm (30 inches) in height and consists of a single, deep red coloured flower with an orange centre that is 6 cm (about 3 inches) across.