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
1 tuber 229241-1 £4.50 Delivery late February
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3 tubers 229241-3 £10.50 Delivery late February
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1 x 3 litre plant 229241-3L £9.95 Delivery late May
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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.

Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Decorative Group
Variety Dark Butterfly
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 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
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Dahlia 'Dark Butterfly' reviews

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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.