Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda'

A wonderful dahlia with a relaxed, informal shape. A beautiful flame and coral colour above black-crimson foliage. I absolutely love it. More
1 tuber 229215-1 £4.50 Delivery late February
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3 tubers 229215-3 £11.95 Delivery late February
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A wonderful dahlia with a relaxed, informal shape. A beautiful flame and coral colour above black-crimson foliage. I absolutely love it.

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 Miscellaneous Group
Variety Waltzing Mathilda
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Border Position Back, Middle
Bulb Size 1
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1m (39in)
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.

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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!