Dahlia 'Dark Butterfly'

I love the mix of colours of this semi-double dahlia, 'Dark Butterfly' is different from the front of the petal to the back. Classy and sophisticated. More
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I love the mix of colours of this semi-double dahlia 'Dark Butterfly', which is different from the front of the petal to the back. Classy and sophisticated with the longest vase life of any dahlia we've grown.

Similar to the outstanding 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'Jescot Julie'.

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 Decorative Group

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

Variety Dark Butterfly
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 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.

Delivery

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

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

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Dahlia 'Dark Butterfly' reviews

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Reviewed 11th August 2019 by Mary

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Maureen

Too soon to comment on the flowers but the plant is growing well

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by John

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Elaine

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jennifer

Arrived quickly. Strong plant yet to flower

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Angie

Another stunning dahlia thanks

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Juliet

Tuber arrived safely but took longer to shoot than the other two dahlias. It is now growing in the garden but is much slower than the rest - I have given it a feed so hopefully will soon start to flourish.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Tony

Very good quality tubers that have grown into very healthy plants that are just about to flower

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Geraldine

Yet another very weak plant. Hasn't grown much in size. Has produced one very weak flower. Again I have photos of this.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Elizabeth

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sonya

The flower is beautiful.Arrived on quoted date and dwell packed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Cheryl

They have not been strong growers. One has failed to grow entirely, the other two have only produced one flower between them.

Service, as always, was fantastic.

Gorgeous

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Reviewed 26th October 2017 by Lindsay lewis

I love this dahlia, such a pretty colour and lasts well in the vase, complementing lots of different colour combinations from dark to pale.

Impressive dahlia

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Reviewed 7th November 2016 by Helen Curtis

Dark Butterfly is my favourite. It has grown to 6 feet tall. The delicate blooms look lovely in an arrangement. I've had vase after vase of cut flowers from my single tuber.