Dahlias are extremely attractive cultivated garden  flowers that are seen in a wide assortment of sizes and colours.

Dahlias  ( Dahlia coccinea ) are native to Mexico and were well known to the ancient Incas who cultivated them for their tubers as a source of Food.

Belonging to the Sunflower family , Asteraceae, they are a remarkable showcase of Natural symmetry.

forest of dahlias
Enchanting forest of Dahlias

These gorgeous flowers are an assembly of florets and the petals are in fact ray florets.Each flower is thus a natural bouquet of flowers.

( technically called Compositae)

A wonderful example of how collective action can create Enchanting Magic.


fuschia dahlia
Perfect Symmetry

In former times Dahlias were keenly sought for as a source of Scarlet dyes.The Incas used the plants as a cure for epilepsy as well.

It is said that a  European Botanist of the 19th Century had set aside a large sum of money  to create a Blue Dahlia. I understand the money lies unclaimed to date.

a yellow accent
A Yellow accent

This blog is for my friend Nia from Turkey , whom I had promised a bouquet of flowers.

Nia has gracefully supported  me with kind words from my  initial blogging days  4 months ago.

All the pictures were taken in the delightful gardens of JW MARRIOT at Mussoorie, Uttrakhand, India. 

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

32 thoughts on “NATURAL SYMMETRY”

  1. Dahlias are very beautiful , thank you Mukul , for gifting us some information much of which I did not , until reading your post , know .
    Thank you for the opportunity to continue learning today 👍

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  2. Lovely post. Happy flower that ! I know so many Dahlias , it is a common name in Goa. Somehow this post reminded me of the case of the Black Dahlia – morbid I know , but that just came to my mind !

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      1. You are kind. The black dahlia case is a nickname for one of the most Morbid murders that remains unsolved . There’s a movie on it too . I saw a documentary once.

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  3. I am humbled now dear Mukul, how nice of you. This is how can I explain, as if you gifted all flowers of the world 🙂 Thank you dear Mukul, I haven’t know this amazing and yes magical flower, and I can’t imagine blue one… God is a great creator. HE knows everything, math, science, and art… Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

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  4. We have a wildflower on the Canadian prairies called “Gaylardia” which can be bred to have multiple florets. Very hardy and beautiful – Google it. I see that Midwestern Plant Girl uses it for her Avatar/Logo above. Do you have those in India ?

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