Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda'

A wonderful dahlia with a relaxed, informal shape. A beautiful peach to flame and coral colour above black-crimson foliage. I absolutely love it. More
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A wonderful dahlia with a relaxed, informal shape. A beautiful peach to flame and coral colour above black-crimson foliage. I absolutely love it.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Miscellaneous Group

Orchid-flowered and Peony-flowered types are classified as Miscellaneous. Also includes Double Orchid-flowered, Bishop, Mini Bishop and Star dahlias. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Waltzing Mathilda
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Back, Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 70cm (28in)
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
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.


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Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' reviews

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Reviewed 21st April 2020 by James

Good quality plants. very pleased with service

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Hilary

This dahlia has been much admired and it still flowering well. I love dahlias anyway.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Ian

This has been the most successful of my Dahlias and has produced a stunning display of flowers. Now into August it shows no sign of stopping.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Karin

Dahlia ‘Waltzing Mathilda’ is beautiful, just as in the catalogue.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Evelyn

Simply the best and blooming profusely!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Nicholas

As expected tubers were delivered expeditiously and in good condition.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Deepa

Bought them after living my present to my aunt from SR! The tuber was good sized and healthy. Cannot comment more as I’ve had no flowers yet. Healthy foliage. They are late flowering so fingers crossed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Debbie

Good service, good information and beautiful dahlia

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marice

The tubers were small and one of the three did not grow at all.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maureen

String healthy plants. Just the right height for position in garden.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

Only one came up so money was refunded. This one how has a flower bud on it and the plant looks healthy despite the usual attack by snails

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jackie

My absolute favourite dahlia! Strong growing dark foliage and the most amazing flowers!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Eve

Beautiful plant lovely colour


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Reviewed 2nd July 2018 by Louise johnson

Absolutely stunning. Only about 50-60cm tall in my garden so I have it at the front of the border. The flowers are so stunning with the most beautiful colours. I will never be without this dahlia and will be ordering more tubers for next year. A top favourite and the one everyone stops to admire.

My favourite dahlia ...so far

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Reviewed 8th July 2017 by Mrs Alison J Holloway

Great leaf colour, strong tuber, quick to grow and such beautiful repeat flowers. The bees love them too. My favourite new dahlia...hard to beat.

wonderful rich colours

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Reviewed 27th July 2015 by Catherine Lawton

I really love the mix of colourd in this dahlia - warm amber flushed with deep carmine on the undersides of the petsls, which twist gently in different directions. Incredible in a vase with dahlia Karma Fuchsiana and honeywort.

Let Matilda waltz !

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Reviewed 28th December 2014 by Arthur Parkinson

Like burnt toffee awash with candy floss pink creating a dahlia with petals like some sort of alcoholic punch at a summers party. I love this dahlia it's a nice compact bushy sort although it will still need staking - lots of single flowers so it can be picked often looking good in a bunch or vase on it's own. Beloved of pollinators - plant one this year and you'll be ordering extra tubers the next ! Ab Fab!