In 1525, Francisco Hernández, physician of King Philip II, visited Mexico. There, he wrote the earliest description known about a “water pipe flower” that was used by the Aztecs. He gave the flower the name Acocotli and Cocoxochitl. Today we know the flower as Dahlia, named after Anders Dahl, a Swedish botanist.
The Dahlia is available in ridiculously big amount of different shapes, sizes and colours. Plain, with stripes, dots, two-coloured, multi-coloured, there is nothing to crazy. That’s why you can mix different Dahlias together and have the most beautiful and colourful bouquets.
Symbolic definition of the Dahlia
If you give Dahlias to someone else, it expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance. It is also a symbol of commitment. A bond that last forever and ‘forever thine’ (that’s old English for: ‘Forever yours’). What better way to show your affections than with this powerful message love?
Did you know..
- That in 1963, the Dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico?
- Aztecs grew Dahlias as a food crop? Introductions of the Dahlia as a food crop in Europe failed.
- Aztecs used Dahlias as well to treat epilepsy.
- In 1913, the Dahlia became the official flower of The City of Flowers, Seattle.