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.
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.
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.
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.