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Bear with me on this one – it looks marvellous with whites and creams, giving an all-important touch of contrast.

Our dahlias:

  • are first class, healthy tubers – the largest and best you can buy.
  • come with full planting, spacing and cultivating instructions for beginner gardeners
  • tubers should be potted up when they arrive and be kept in a light, frost-free place until the frosts are over and then be planted into the garden.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Semi-cactus Group

Fully double blooms, with very pointed petals, almost spiky in appearance. Click here for more information about dahlia groups. 

Variety Shooting Star
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1m (3ft 3in)
Spacing Plant just under the soil surface, 75cm (30in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting 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
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.

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.

Planting up your dahlia tubers

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

How to plant and grow dahlia tubers

Find out how to grow strong, healthy dahlias this spring – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when...

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.


Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

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Dahlia 'Shooting Star' reviews

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Reviewed 16th August 2019 by Sue

Absolutely excellent, just as Sarah described

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Ian

First Class Good Strong Plants

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Reviewed 4th August 2019 by Duncan

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julie

This did nt do so well as the other tubers, but is ok now. Needed more tlc.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julie

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Penelope

Plant doing well but not flowering yet so can't rate for flowers.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Daniel

Very large and strong tubers ,have grown strongly with lots of flower heads/buds . Also great advice from the planting guides included. Would highly recommend :)

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mark

Very good flowers and plenty of them

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Service good small tuber growing but no flowers so far

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lisa

Unfortunately mine hasn’t grown. In fact out of all the Dahilas I ordered only the ‘tartan’ has grown and flowered beautifully.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Healthy tuber, in flower. Had it before but didn't survive the winter (I lift and store tubers)

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Reviewed 11th May 2019 by Holly

Super product. I will certainly purchase again.


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Reviewed 30th June 2017 by Sue Baker

Dahlia is growing well and producing flowers. However, they are not as in the picture. Pleasant enough but they are pale yellow with no trace of pink at all.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

We are sorry to hear that your 'Shooting Star' has not flowered as expected and appreciate your disappointment. We take matters of incorrect flowering very seriously and will be looking into this.
Please do contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or at info@sarahraven.com if you would like to discuss this further.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 17th July 2017

Truly awesome

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Reviewed 2nd May 2017 by Sarah Mitchell

This Dahlia just knocked my socks off - tall and lovely with masses of these amazing flowers. Truly awesome.