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A truly beautiful dahlia; strong stemmed and a very special colour, in a mix of coral and apricot with purple reverse - all above dark, rich leaves. A real head turner.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Decorative Group

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

Variety American Dawn
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
Vase Life Only pick dahlias in full flower. Recut the hollow stem ends under water to avoid airlocks.
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 'American Dawn' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2018 by Cynthia Edwards

Don't spend time thinking about this one just buy it! It is gorgeous. The flowers are a beautiful blend of pale tangerine, coffee and burgundy. They are a good size and just keep coming. Just fabulous.


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Reviewed 4th March 2018 by Sarah Hiscock

An absolute beauty in the garden. Not only is the flower stunning but the stems are extremely strong too. I have been complemented on these many times; although I at present have three, I will be ordering more. As always the tubers were large and in great condition - Sarah Raven is always my preferred Dahlia site. Thank you


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Reviewed 14th September 2017 by Nigel williams

Great I purchased dahlia American dawn from you this year.Colour and shading superb,the best dahlia I have grown.People admire it when passing our house.

Absolutely Fabulous !

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Reviewed 27th August 2015 by Jill Monk

These were my first attempt at growing dahlias and were chosen because of their lovely colour. Well, was I in for a surprise! They are far more gorgeous than I could have imagined - huge flowers of the most fabulous colour, and so many of them! I just wish you could see them!

Absolutely gorgeous

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Reviewed 23rd August 2015 by Mrs J Remington

Grew this in my daughter's cutting patch for the first time this year. Pictures of it don't begin to do it justice. The most beautiful flowers and very prolific. Do give it a try you won't regret it.