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The vast dinner plate flowers of 'Café au Lait' fills almost every creative florists Instagram and rightly so, with its flowers morphing from ivory to peach and coffee to cream. Best with a zap of shape and colour contrast from 'Henriette'. This is THE crowd pleaser.

This collection includes 1 or 2 tubers, or 1 x 3 litre pot each of:

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Group/Species Cactus Group,

Similar to semi-cactus, but with narrower petals. Also includes Fimbriated Cactus dahlias. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Decorative Group

Broad and flat petals, normally bluntly pointed, with no central disc showing. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

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 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing Plant just under the soil surface, 75cm (30in) apart.
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
Vase Life Change the water regularly and add a dash of cider vinegar or bleach as you do.
Harvesting Flower production - 4 to 5 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.

How to plant up your dahlia tubers

In this video Sarah shows you how to plant up your dahlia tubers.


Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3 weeks for despatch.

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for despatch. 

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Café au Lait Dahlia Collection reviews

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Reviewed 19th April 2020 by Valerie

Beautiful flowers but very late flowering and particularly liked by the slugs in my garden.

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Reviewed 16th August 2019 by Wendy

Fast service will use again

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Reviewed 12th August 2019 by Bernadette

Strong, healthy tubers and although I was a bit late getting them into pots, they are now producing the most George’s flowers Thank you!

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Alison

Yes plants did not come up

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Valerie

No flowers yet but tubers sprouted quickly producing healthy plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julie

Just love these, easy and beautiful.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julie

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

These appeared but very feeble.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Fabulous Dahlia - The flowers are the size of dinner plates.......
Simply perfect

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lindsey

Again customer service good but again one Dahlia missed flowered

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susie

They are looking fantastic at the moment, can I keep them in the soil of the pots over winter in a frost free room?

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sam

fabulous service, healthy tubers

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Chris

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Valerie

They were a present . My sister has grown them, I think one failed

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathleen

The Cafe us Lait Dahlia collection are currently in flower and are beautiful. Unfortunately for an unknown reason one of the tubers has not flourished.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Verity

Developed a fungus very early on and had to be thrown away

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Comments as before, only one grew

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ms Wilson

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marion

Good quality tubers, arrived promptly

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Absolutely stunning flowers, beautiful colour and look amazing in border

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Eve

Not one grew. Will not buy from Sarah Raven again

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Reviewed 31st May 2019 by Deirdre

Only two of the dahlias have grown as expected so far, one is half the size of the first two and one did not germinate so yes I am disappointed.
I do hope that this can be rectified by replacing the dahlia that has not germinated.

Not as expected

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Reviewed 13th October 2018 by Helen

The Café au Lait dahlias were huge and frothy. I didn't get many blooms, only about three or four, but maybe it will grow better next season. The Henriette one did not flower at all, which was very disappointing. I grew them next to each other, so there was no reason for it not to thrive.

lots of blooms

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Reviewed 6th August 2017 by Sophie Roberts

Great quality tubers this year for the cafe au lait. I have had many (enormous) flowers already, whereas most years I have only had a couple all season from this variety.


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Reviewed 12th July 2017 by Helen Alway

Strong, sturdy plants and the flowers are beautiful, well worth investing in.