Flower Facts - DAHLIAS
One of Autumn's loveliest flowers, the dahlia is widely available in Sydney in April. Dahlia's are available commercially to florists in a wide variety of fabulous colours from blushing white through to deepest burgundy and many shades of pinks, yellow, red and orange. They add a fantastic pop of colour to any floral design.
Dahlia is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants.
Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 4 cm diameter or up to 30 cm. The stems are leafy, ranging in height from as low as 30 cm to more than 2 m. The majority of species do not produce scented flowers or cultivars. Like most plants that do not attract pollinating insects through scent, they are brightly colored, displaying most hues, with the exception of blue.
The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico and the tubers were grown as a food crop by the Aztecs. Picture of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahhlo who is well known for wearing beautiful flowers in her hair include dahlias.