The Dahlias Flower

Dahlias Flower

The dahlia hybrids are most often seen as garden plants. Anders Dahl was an 18th-century Swedish botanist for whom the Dahlia flower is now named after.

There’s so much more to this remarkable perennial than just where its name comes from. Here is some important information you should know about the Dahlia.

 Scientific Name

The Dahlia or Dahlia hortensis, as it’s called by its scientific name, is a bushy perennial that is easy to spot. As of today, there are more than 50,000 types of dahlias be cultivated. This flower belongs to the Compositae family.

 Geographic Origin

Dahlias are native to northern South America, Mexico and Central America. The Spaniards took them to Europe after they had first been cultivated by the Aztecs. Dahlias made a splash in Europe decorating many gardens.

Roots of the dahlia flower were sent by box from Mexico and then to Holland back in 1872. This box contained a tuber which later became a red flower. Since the bloom of that red flower, dahlias were right back on the breeder list with other plant species so new hybrids could be born.

 Description and Characteristics

This flower comes in various colors, sizes and shapes. The different sizes, color, height and petal shape allow you to characterize the different species. That’s why landscapers and florists love it so much.

You can spot the dahlia by the rings of petals. The smaller dahlias have been known to grow up to 1 to 3 feet tall and their flowers get up to 2 to 4 inches in diameter. However, the larger ones can reach up to 6 feet tall with flowers up to 12 inches in diameter.

Flower Colors

Pedal Edges


The dahlia signifies dignity and elegance. Not only that it also brings with it change, betrayal, travel, and warning. The flower also stands for diversity. Most flowers have two genes; however, the dahlia has eight.

For this, it’s called the Houdini of the garden due to its wondrous shapes, sizes and colors. Many who grow dahlias refer to them as “queen of the autumn garden” because they last from mid-summer to early frost.

Cultivation and Care

Dahlias can handle almost any type of weather. However, if you want the best results, grow them in full sun and in soil that has a lot of organic matter mixed in. You can buy dahlias as seeds, but it may be better to buy them as bulbs or tubers.

Here are some things to know whichever way you decide to buy them:

 Diseases and Pests

Dahlias are a breed of flower that can be vulnerable to several types of pests and diseases. That is the one drawback to having such a beautiful flower in your garden.

Here are some pests and diseases to watch out for:


The blue dahlia is a unique and beautiful flower. When planting this type of perennial, make sure you follow the instructions on care and maintenance because there are some flowers that prefer sun over shade and some who prefer shade over sun.
Like all flowers, good care and maintenance can lead to great expectations with luscious blooms.


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