Garden Notes

Dahlia Tidbit

2005 October 19
by mike

I was doing a bit of research into dahlias, since I’m planning on planting a bed of them next year. On Wikipedia, I found this interesting bit of information:

In 1872 a box of Dahlia roots were sent from Mexico to the Netherlands. Only one plant survived the trip, but produced spectacular red flowers with pointed petals. Nurserymen bred from this plant, which was named Dahlia juarezii with parents of Dahlias discovered earlier and these are the progenitors of all modern Dahlia hybrids. Ever since, plant breeders have been actively breeding Dahlias to produce hundreds of cultivars, usually chosen for their stunning and brightly coloured flowers.

It’s amazing that so many of the beautiful dahlias that are all over my neighborhood are decendants of a single plant that survived a sail aross the Atlantic ocean.

The picture above was taken at the Point Defiance gardens in Tacoma, WA.

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