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Originating in Mexico, the dahlia was used by the Aztecs for food and medicine. The dahlia did not reach Holland until 1872 when the first box of dahlia tubers was sent to Holland from Mexico. Because the root was so delicate, only one tuber survived and when planted a beautiful red bloom grew inspiring the Dutch. Today the hybridized versions of this dahlia are much stronger and produce the same beautiful blooms that inspired the Dutch years ago.
So enjoy the Big Blooms of dinnerplate dahlias or the delicate round shaped ball dahlias, add texture with blooms of cactus dahlia, and plant borders with daisy-like mignon dahlias. What’s best is colorful dahlias rebloom and create continuous display of color from summer to fall.