Dahlia 'Enchantress (III)' in the Dahlias Database

Data specific to Dahlias (Edit)
Size: Large (A): over 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
Form: Informal Decorative (ID)
Semi-Cactus (SC)
Water Lily (WL)
Color: Light Blend (LB)
Orange (OR)
Red (R)
Year Introduced: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Hybridizer or Originator: Bob Hacek
ADS Classification Code: 1106

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Flowers: Showy
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Propagate by taking cuttings of newly emerged shoots
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Posted by arctangent (Ann Arbor, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Aug 5, 2020 1:37 PM

The Dahlia World master list has ten entries under the name 'Enchantress'. This garden.org entry gives size/form/color data for that matches one of these, the one attributed to Hacek (a large red formal decorative cultivar, number III on the Dahlia World list), but most of the photos seem to be of a semi-cactus, dark blend cultivar. In the Dahlia World list, there's a similar entry (number VIII) that is attributed to Swan Island, and Dahlia Addict's entry under 'Enchantress' seems to be of the same or a similar cultivar. There is also an orange water lily form (Dahlia World number VI for 'Enchantress, attributed to Miller). This explains the different types of flower form and the different colors specified in this single garden.org entry. They describe three different cultivars!!!

This mixed database entry for 'Enchantress' is very confusing. Honestly, I don't know the best way to handle the situation short of creating different entries for the different cultivars of the same name. Somebody, help!

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