When I first started this series, I wanted to learn more about flowers, particularly ones that I wasn’t very familiar with. But I think somewhere along the line I cheated because last week I featured sunflowers and the week before that I featured tulips. So in order to get myself back on track I figured I’d publicly admit this fact: Until today, I had no idea what a dahlia was. I knew it was a flower, I had heard of them. But if you asked me to pick a dahlia out of a flower lineup, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Until now.
The most fascinating thing about dahlias (and what probably added to my confusion about them) was the sheer variety. There are so many different kinds of dahlias – and some simple don’t look like the same type of flower. I’m not talking about the variety of carnations that look like peonies, I mean these look like totally different flowers. They also range in size, from small to huge (the really large ones are considered “dinner plate” sized).
Available: They are a summer flower, but some varieties may be available year round from a floral distributor.
Bloom size: Most are 2 to 4 inches wide, but can vary widely depending on type
Cost: Inexpensive if in season, more expensive otherwise
Fun fact: All dahlias can be traced back to Mexico.
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