Dahlia 'Café au Lait'

Huge, pillowy flowers which open pale pink then fade to the perfect colour, a warm cream-blush, which mixes well with so many different colour combinations. More
1 tuber 229285-1 £3.95 In stock
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3 tubers 229285-3 £10.95 In stock
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6 tubers 229285-6 £20.50 In stock
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1 x 3 litre plant 229285-3L £9.95 Delivery late May
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Or buy this as part of our Café au Lait Dahlia Collection.

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Huge, pillowy flowers which open pale pink then fade to the perfect colour: a warm cream-blush, which mixes well with so many different colour combinations.

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.

This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. To add a gift message to your order, simply fill out the details at the delivery stage of the checkout.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Decorative Group
Variety Café au Lait
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Border Position Back, Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (3ft 11in)
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
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.

Planting up your dahlia tubers

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

Understanding dahlia groups

A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.

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...

History of the dahlia

First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.


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 'Café au Lait' reviews

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Reviewed 23rd August 2018 by Beth Banigan

I expected a lot of this dahlia as it's raved about in the catalogue. It was late to flower and the flowers hung down a bit so you couldn't see them properly. I had it in a pot and wonder if the pot was too small or if this dahlia would be happier in a flower bed.


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Reviewed 9th July 2018 by Valerie Daulby

I bought a number of Dahlias this year for a wedding in August. The varieties were Cafe au Lait and Henrietta. Three of the tubers have flowered beautifully, unfortunately not in the the colours I expected as shown in your catalogue. Henrietta turned out bright yellow and two of the Cafe au Lait appeared mauve and red. Obviously I was sent wrongly labelled tubers. There are four more to flower but I’m not holding m breath. Very disappointed as they were for a large wedding and I’m obviously going to have to go to the flower wholesalers to buy themwhich will be very expensive - that’s if I can actually get them. I am very disappointed indeed.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that some of your dahlias have flowered incorrectly. Please contact our Customer Services team who will be happy to arrange a refund for you.

With kind regards, the Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 1st August 2018

Lovely big flower with nice colour

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Reviewed 6th April 2018 by Lindsey Richards

I had several blooms from this plant. Lovely big flowers and a nice colour. They gave me a lot of pleasure to look at. I found the heads a bit heavy for flower arranging, but I am a novice.

Not every one's a star

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Reviewed 28th January 2018 by Joanne Ferguson

I so wish I could join in the chorus of approval for this dahlia, but it was such a disappointment for me. I got two, both plants flourished but my first flower appeared in late August and they barely changed from white. Having grown dahlias for years, I struggle to understand why this Instagram star didn't perform for me.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Hello Joanne, we are sorry to hear that your dahlias did not perform as expected.
Please do contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or info@sarahraven.com and they will be happy to discuss this with you and offer any advice.
Kind regards, The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 29th January 2018


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Reviewed 25th January 2018 by Angie Mitchell

I grew these for the first time last summer and they blew my mind - absolutely enormous flowers the size of dinner plates which start off as one colour and then fade slightly to another and each flower is different. They were also very tall, about 1.8m and quite bushy so you do need to give them plenty of space. A showstopper!


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Reviewed 12th July 2017 by Helen Alway

One of the best flowers I have grown, beautiful, strong and the most amazing bloom.