Petal Pick: Dahlias | Harvey Designs | Event and Floral Design | Savannah, GA

It’s a new week and the start of a new blog series for Harvey Designs: Petal Pick!  Every so often we will choose an in season flower to feature in our Petal Pick to help brides with seasonality issues and color choices for their favorite blooms!  If you have a favorite fall flower you would love to see featured let us know.

The Dahlia

* Origin: Mexico

* Peak Season: Fall

* Colors: Reds, deep purple, pink, orange, yellow, and white.  There are several varieties that are bicolor such as red and white, purple and white and pink and purple. (The American Dahlia Society recognizes 15 different colors)

* History: Discovered in Mexico by French explorers and popularized throughout Europe through extensive breeding and hybridization during the 1700’s and 1800’s.  This extensive breeding brought about many variations and species.

Thank you Wikipedia!

*Pricing: $$

($=inexpensive, $$$$= expensive)

While pricing can vary on availability and whether or not they are in season (the flower market is very supply and demand, which Amy will discuss later this week.) a typical dahlia is rather inexpensive.

One of my favorite bouquets we've done with dahlias. So many colors!

Some interesting facts about dahlias:

*National flower of Mexico

*The dinner plate species is a single bloom dahlia that is literally the size of a dinner plate.  Sadly it does not do well as a cut flower.  (Imagine, a centerpiece with dinner plate dahlias! *swoon*)

*Pre-Columbian Indians in Central Mexico used the Dahlia’s stem and tubers for medicinal purposes.

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Thanks for stopping by and having a look!  Let us know what you think!

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