Dahlias

Dahlias

Bearing an exquisite flower, dahlias were raised, cultivated, and used as a food source by both the Toltecs and the Aztecs of Central America. The Aztecs used the dahlia medicinally to treat epilepsy and the long hollow stem of Dahlia imperalis was used as a water pipe. The Toltecs called the dahlia “Chichipatl” while the Aztec word was “Cocoxochitl”. (Source) Spaniards found the plants growing in Mexico in 1525.

The director of the Botanical Garden at Mexico City, Vicente Cervantes, sent ‘plant parts’ of the dahlia to Abbe Cavanilles in 1789. Cavanilles was Director of the Royal Gardens of Madrid. Cavanilles began working with this new plant and succeeded in growing it. In 1791, he named it ‘dahlia’ after a Swedish botanist. Cavanilles shared the dahlia with other European countries and in time, it became an established plant.

FunFacts about Dahlias (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The dahlia originated in Central America, predominantly in the mountainous regions of Mexico.
  • Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae (Aster) family as do daisies and sunflowers.
  • The giant form of dahlia can grow as tall as 6 meters or 19 feet. (Source)
  • Some dahlia flowers reach dinner-plate size.
  • Its native range is from Mexico to Colombia.
  • Dahlias can be used for dyeing.
  • The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963.
  • The dahlia is edible and is still considered one of the native ingredients in Oaxacan cuisine. Oaxaca is a city and a state in southern Mexico. (Source)
  • Different dahlia cultivars are grown specifically for their large, sweet potato-like tubers.These tubers can be roasted which creates a mocha-like extract that is used to flavor drinks throughout Central America.
  • Dahlias tubers are edible and have been described as having a flavor somewhere between potatoes, carrots and celery.
  • Dahlia coccinea was one of the first species to come to Europe. It was brought from Mexico in 1789, to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Madrid.
  • The director of the Madrid Botanical Garden, Abbe Cavanilles, named the Dahlia after Anders Dahl, a Swedish botanist.

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