Dahlia ‘Metropolitan Purple’

‘Moderate, but rather too starry’, suggesting that it was a semi-cactus type.  [FC p.27/1838].  I have found no detailed description.

Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florist’s Dahlia see Dahlia pinnata Cav.

History at Camden Park

‘Metropolitan Purple’ is probably one of the ‘about 20 others’ referred to in reference to Dahlia Dodds’ ‘Mary’, which see.  It was listed in a letter to Mrs. J. C. Wickham dated 16th August1844, and included in a consignment of plants which accompanied the letter.  [MP A2933-2, p.6].


Published Apr 21, 2009 - 04:25 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 08:45 AM

More details about Dahlia ‘Metropolitan Purple’
Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Metropolitan Purple 

Confidence level high