Nothing special here, right? Two more beautiful varieties of Dahlias have finally blossomed. They're similarly shaped, the "round" or "button" type of these flowers as I call them, as opposed to the wild starburst or spider type, or the subtle daisy-like flowers of other Dahlias. The white and magenta bloom is a bit fuller than the solid color, but in a day or two I have a feeling they will even out.
So what's wrong with this picture? Both flowers are from the exact same plant!
I've never seen a single Dahlia plant blossom with two completely different colored flowers. I can only imagine that it's a hybridized plant corm, that for some reason has reverted to its base stock for one flower. I have no idea which would be the base form, maybe the solid color? Early in the season, I pinched back the young plants to make them grow fuller. The white/pink blossom is on one of the larger stems that grew from the pinching and the the solid pink is on the other large stem.
Hard to see the base here, but this is the entire plant, only about 30 inches high. I had to hold the stems together to get the top shot, they're quite far apart as you can see in the second photo, but I assure you that's all one plant. I love it! June calls them 'fraternal twins' which I wish I had thought of myself!