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CACTUS DAHLIAS

Cactus Dahlias are named because their blooms resemble those of a cactus found in Central America. There are four types for show judging purposes - Semi-Cactus, Cactus, Exhibition and Fimbriated. Specific judging standards appear below.

At shows the Semi-cactus and Cactus types are normally both accepted as entries in a competition class simply called Cactus, but Exhibition and Fimbriated types are included in separate classes. For Exhibition and Fimbriated judging standards and links to photo albums go to the Exhibition and Fimbriated type pages.

Bloom size may be any of the five size classifications from Miniature (under 120mm) to Giant (260mm and over). See Judging Guidelines for size classifications and standards that apply to all dahlia types. 

semi-cactus Standard

Bloom should be fully double. Centre should be cone shape and as high as the face florets.

Florets should radiate evenly from the centre without uneven gaps between rows, breaking gradually with flat pointed immature florets to outer florets. Outer florets should be broad and flat towards the base, revolute with edges overlapping from the tip for more than one quarter but not more than half their length, with the tips pointed. Florets may be gently incurved or straight. Depth should be at least two thirds, but not more than its diameter. There should be sufficient florets to prevent gaps in formation and outline.

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cactus dahlia Standard

Bloom should be fully double. Centre should be cone shape and at least as high as the face florets.

Florets should radiate evenly from the centre without uneven gaps between rows, with narrow and partly revolute immature florets to outer florets. Outer florets should be narrower than Semi Cactus but in proportion to the size of the bloom, revolute edges should overlap from the tip for at least half and preferably two thirds of their length with tips pointed. Florets may be gently incurved or straight. Depth should be at least two thirds but not more than its diameter. There should be sufficient florets to prevent gaps in formation and outline.


Cactus Dahlia Photos

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