10 Interesting Facts About Dahlias That May Surprise You

  1. There are 42 species of Dahlia within 14 groups.  My favorite being the Ball group pictured below.

photo credit National Dahlia Collection

2. The dahlia is at it’s peak when many other summer blooms are past their prime, with their peak blooming window being from Mid-Summer to just before the first frost.

3. Dahlias are considered by many professional landscapers and gardener as one of the most attractive and most requested flowers.

4. The flower heads on dahlias can grow to be 1ft. in diameter!

5. The Dahlia is named after the Swedish 18th century botanist Anders Dahl, who originally declared the flower a vegetable, as the tubers are edible.

6. In 1815, botanists in Belgium bred the first varieties of the “double flower” dahlia.

7. Dahlias were first recorded by Westerners in 1615, and were then called by their original Mexican name acoctli.

8. The dahlia was a favorite bloom of the Queen Victoria.

9. The dahlia is the official flower of both Seattle and San Francisco.

10. Dahlias can be found in nearly every color except blue!  Breeders are still trying to create a dahlia with beautiful blue blooms.

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