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I jumped on this one in a huge dahlia trial field in Holland three years ago. It's like coral in form and colour and seems to go with everything. Marvellous.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Ball Group

Larger than pompoms and have a spiral arrangement of incurved petals forming a ball-shaped flower. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Burlesca
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Cutting Garden
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 75cm (30in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant just under the soil surface after the last frosts. Alternativley pot them up undercover March or early April in a generous pot (at least 2 litre) filled with multi-purpose potting compost. Place them in a light, frost-free place and keep the compost moist. Pinch out their growing tips when they have reached about 8" tall. They will have formed bushy plants by the time the frosts have ended and will be in flower by the beginning of July. If you don’t have anywhere to grow the potted tubers, you can put them straight into the ground when the frosts are nearly over, mulching them or protecting with a cloche or protective horticultural fleece if the foliage appears before the frosts are over, but this will delay flowering.
Care Tips Support with a stout stick, tie in every couple of weeks. In the south you can mulch deeply and overwinter them in the ground, alternatively, lift and overwinter your dahlias frost free undercover.
Flowering July - November
Harvesting Flower production - 4 months
Cooking Notes All dahlia flowers are edible. I use the petals scattered over salad and to decorate a range of puddings.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Understanding dahlia groups

A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.

History of the dahlia

First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.

How to plant and grow dahlia tubers

Discover how to grow strong, healthy dahlias – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they arrive.

How to overwinter dahlia tubers

Sarah discusses the best options for overwintering dahlias – lifting or mulching.

Sublime dark dahlia flower arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a gorgeous large arrangement of dahlias.

Planting narcissi bulbs with dahlias

Have a beautiful display of flowers in your garden from March to the first frosts with this simple planting technique.

New favourite dahlia arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a quick arrangement of colourful dahlias.

Growing dahlias in pots

Sarah shows you her favourite dahlia varieties for pots, and gives you some tips on how to grow them successfully.

How to take dahlia cuttings

Watch and learn how to take dahlia cuttings – turn 1 tuber into 10.


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Dahlia 'Burlesca' reviews

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Reviewed 17th August 2019 by Jane

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Nicola

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Very good strong plants lots of flowers.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

Nice flowers on longish stems.

Very beautiful

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Reviewed 13th October 2018 by Helen

I bought this last year and it produced very beautiful flowers, so beautiful I had a close up photo of one on the home screen of my phone for most of the year! I grew it at the front of the house and had a lot of lovely comments from visitors. Sadly the tuber did not grow this year, which some don't, but most of mine do, so I'm knocking a star off for that, but otherwise I would recommend it and it was so beautiful I'd consider taking a chance on buying another one for next year.

Addicted to Burlesca

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Reviewed 27th January 2018 by Andrea Gough

I bought this as part of one of the collections last year and I absolutely love it. I was addicted to the flowers last year and can't wait to grow and cut it again this year.

Delighted with this plant

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Reviewed 11th September 2017 by Juliet L

I'm so pleased I decided to try Burlesca this season. The flowers are a lovely pinky-red and subtly change in the vase to a bicolour pastel appearance that is difficult to describe. There are plenty of flowers and they keep on coming. A keeper!

Very Pretty Dahlia

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Reviewed 13th June 2017 by Amanda Clothier

Just got my first flowers and they are very beautiful :)