Waltzing Mathilda Dahlia Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' (Misc)

๐Ÿ‘ค Non-toxic to humans
๐Ÿพ Non-toxic to pets
๐ŸŒธ Blooming
๐Ÿช Not edible
โ€๐ŸŒฑ Hard-care
dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda'

ABOUT

Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' is a captivating plant with an alluring display of semi-double flowers. The blooms exhibit a rich blend of colors, often a fiery orange hue with undertones of amber and peach. These warm tones are brilliantly contrasted by the dark central disc, which can appear almost burgundy, drawing in pollinators from all around. The petals are slightly ruffled at the edges, adding a frilly, whimsical texture to the flower. This dahlia's foliage is equally striking, comprised of lush, deep green leaves that provide a stark backdrop for the vivid flowers. The overall appearance of Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' is one of rustic beauty that resonates with the joyful spirit of dance suggested by its name.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family

      Asteraceae

    • Synonyms

      Waltzing Mathilda Dahlia, Garden Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias are generally considered to be safe and non-toxic to humans. There is no widespread evidence or well-documented cases that suggest the Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' or any Dahlia variety is poisonous if ingested. Therefore, no specific symptoms of poisoning are associated with this plant. However, like with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities might cause mild reactions in some people.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda', are not toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. They are not listed on the toxic plant lists provided by organizations like the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Pets that consume dahlias may experience mild gastrointestinal upset due to the ingestion of non-digestible matter, but no serious symptoms of poisoning are expected from this plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle

      Perennials

    • Foliage type

      Deciduous

    • Color of leaves

      Green

    • Flower color

      Orange

    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type

      Bulb

    • Hardiness zones

      8

    • Native area

      Mexico

Benefits

  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal - Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' provides vibrant and colorful flowers that enhance the visual beauty of gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction - This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity and the health of the local ecosystem.
    • Cutting Garden Plant - The flowers are excellent for cutting and creating floral arrangements, lasting well in vases.
    • Variety of Uses - Suitable for planting in borders, containers, and as a focal point in garden designs due to its striking appearance.
    • Easy Propagation - Dahlias can be propagated by division or from cuttings, allowing gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.
    • Seasonal Color - Offering a long blooming season, typically from mid-summer to the first frost, providing color when many other plants have finished blooming.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dye Production: The petals of the Dahlia can be used to create natural dyes for textiles, giving fabrics a unique and vibrant hue.
    • Fabric Decoration: Fresh or dried Dahlia petals can be used to embellish clothes or accessories, providing an organic and colorful touch to fashion items.
    • Photography Prop: Dahlias, with their striking appearance, can serve as an elegant prop or a focal point in still-life photography sessions.
    • Art and Craft: The petals and whole flowers of the Dahlia are often utilized in various art and craft projects, such as making paper flower arrangements or for decoupage.
    • Edible Garnish: While not commonly known for their taste, Dahlia petals can be used as an edible garnish to add a splash of color to salads and desserts.
    • Flower Arranging Competitions: Dahlias are popular choices for competitive flower arranging, with various societies and clubs dedicated to this particular variety.
    • Bookmark Creation: Pressed Dahlia flowers can be laminated or placed within the pages of a book to create unique and personalized bookmarks.
    • Culinary Experiments: The Dahlia tubers are edible and can be experimented with in culinary endeavors to create different types of gourmet dishes.
    • Eco-friendly Confetti: Dried petals of the Dahlia can be used as biodegradable confetti for celebrations, reducing the environmental impact compared to synthetic alternatives.
    • Botanical Studies: Dahlias can be a subject of study for botany students and enthusiasts to understand hybridization and flower structure.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Dahlia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Dahlia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Elegance and Dignity: Dahlias carry an air of sophistication and grace, which is reflected in their intricate petals and striking presence.
    • Change and Variety: With the diverse forms and colors of dahlias, they symbolize the richness and diversity in life, and the constant changes we face.
    • Commitment and Bond: Given as gifts, dahlias can represent a lasting bond and commitment between two people, thanks to their sturdy stems and longevity as cut flowers.
    • Creative Expression: The vibrant variety of dahlias inspires creativity and the pursuit of artistic expression, just as 'Waltzing Mathilda' would evoke a sense of rhythm and movement.
    • Inner Strength: With their bold and vivid presence, dahlias can symbolize personal empowerment and the strength to stand out with elegance.
    • Warning and Caution: In some traditions, dahlias can also signify a warning or sense of caution, possibly due to the complexity hidden within their beauty.

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Every 3-4 days
Water
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2500 - 10000 Lux
Light
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5%
Humidity
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Every year
Repotting
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Spring-Early Summer
Propogation
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As needed
Pruning
  • water dropWater

    Dahlias, including 'Waltzing Mathilda', prefer consistently moist but not waterlogged soil during their growing season. A general rule is to water the plant with about 1 to 2 inches of water per week, depending on weather conditions. It's best to water early in the morning at the base of the plant to allow foliage to dry throughout the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. During hot, dry spells, you may need to water more frequently. Always check the soil moisture at about an inch below the surface; if it feels dry, itโ€™s time to water.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias like 'Waltzing Mathilda' flourish in full sun. They need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily to bloom well. Choose a location that receives ample sunshine throughout the day, preferably in the morning with some late afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Avoid placing them in heavy shade as this can inhibit flowering and lead to leggy plants.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias, such as 'Waltzing Mathilda', grow best in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive a minimum temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit but should not be exposed to frost, as it can damage the plant. When the temperature approaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit, dahlias may need protection from the intense heat or they may stop flowering until cooler weather arrives.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning dahlias like 'Waltzing Mathilda' encourages better air circulation, shapes the plant, and promotes more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the season. In late summer, you can also practice disbudding, which involves removing side buds to allow for larger central blooms. Cut back the plant after the first frost kills the foliage to prepare it for winter storage if you live in a colder climate.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a pH around 6.5 to 7.0. The best soil mix for Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' should contain a combination of loam, peat moss, and perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage and aeration. A balanced slow-release fertilizer can be mixed into the soil at planting time to provide nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including 'Waltzing Mathilda', are often grown as annuals and may not require repotting if planted in the ground. If grown in containers, they should be repotted annually in the spring when you see new growth beginning, using fresh soil mix as described above.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias like 'Waltzing Mathilda' do not have specific humidity requirements and can tolerate the average outdoor humidity where they are typically grown. They can thrive in a range of humidity levels as long as proper watering and soil drainage are maintained.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Grow Dahlias indoors with bright light, well-draining soil, and adequate space.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot, rich soil, water regularly, and stake if needed.

    • Hardiness zone

      Dahlias 'Waltzing Mathilda' are suitable for 8-11 USDA hardiness zones.

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' begins as a tuber which is planted after the last frost of spring into well-drained soil. The tuber sprouts and a young dahlia plant emerges, growing quickly as the weather warms. The plant develops a strong stem and leaves, and by mid to late summer, it starts producing its distinctive ornamental flowers, which continue to bloom until the first frost of fall. During its blooming stage, the plant requires consistent watering, staking to support flowers, and regular deadheading to encourage more blooms. As temperatures drop in autumn, the plant's above-ground growth dies back and the tuber goes dormant for the winter. To conclude its life cycle, the tuber can be left in the ground (in milder climates) or dug up, stored in a cool, dry place, and then replanted the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' is typically propagated through division or cuttings, with the most popular method being division. This process is best carried out in the spring when the plant is beginning to sprout new growth after the last frost has passed. During division, the tuberous root system, which consists of a central stalk with multiple attached tubers, is carefully dug up and divided. Each section should contain at least one eye, or growth point. The divided tubers can then be planted directly into the ground or into pots, with the eyes facing upward, at a depth of about 6 inches (approximately 15 centimeters). This ensures that the new plants will have adequate space and resources to develop strong roots and healthy blooms in the upcoming growing season.