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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, herbaceous and tuberous perennial plants inherent to Mexico. It is the member of Asteraceae family which also includes daisy, sunflower, zinnia and chrysanthemum. Dahlia consists of 42 species with hybrids which is commonly grown as garden plants. The forms of flower are variable having one head per stem. It could be as small as 5 centimeters in diameter or upto 30 centimeters. It possesses leafy stems which range to the height from 30 cm to 2.4 meters. Majority of species do not produce cultivars or scented flowers. They are brightly colored with the display of most hues exceptionally blue. Other common names of Dahlia are Aztec Dahlia, Garden Dahlia, Dahlia, Pinnate Dahlia and Georgina. Dahlia was stated as the national flower of Mexico in 1963. Tubers are cultivated as a food crop by Aztecs.
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