Su Casa: A Bounty of Dahlias

Su Casa member Demure20 recently posted pictures of her gorgeous dahlia garden, and I had to share them with all of you.

I recently learned, from a kindly gentleman on the bus, that dahlias are the official flower of the city of San Francisco. According to SFGov,

The dahlia, long regarded as the [San Francisco] city flower, was officially recognized as such on October 4, 1926.

The Board of Supervisors in resolution No. 26244 said, "The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty."

This ancient and showy plant was discovered in central Mexico by the Spanish, who sent samples back to Madrid. There, in the late 1700s, the dahlia was given its name by an archbishop to honor Dr. Andreas Dahl, a Swedish botanist, who had studied them in the botanical gardens.

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