Flower of the Week: Dahlia

In our weekly series, we're dishing on everything you need to know about this bold statement flower

Updated 09/29/17

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In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost to the season to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms, ranging from ranunculus to roses. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every Flower Friday.

For late summer and early autumn weddings, there's no better choice for a statement flower than the dahlia. With show-stopping layers and and a color range spanning from the palest pinks to super-rich red hues, these gorgeous blooms can act as both the star and supporting act in your wedding bouquets and centerpieces.

Dahlias were grown for years by the Aztecs in Mexico (and now it's the country's national flower), who used parts of the plant for both food and medicinal purposes. It was discovered by the Spanish conquistadors in the 1500’s and was brought to Europe, where new varieties and colors were cultivated by botanists. During Victorian times, the dahlia was said to represent commitment and lasting bonds between two people (umm, now what flower really could be better for your wedding?).

Aaron Courter Photography, Zest Floral Design

Seasonality

Some varieties bloom throughout the summer, but peak dahlia season- when you’ll get the most variety at the lowest prices- is late August into September and early October.

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Style

Jose Villa, Saipua

Color

On the neutral spectrum, dahlias range from cream tones to pale pinks and lavenders. The flower also comes in intense shades like vibrant oranges, hot pinks and dark burgundies.

Dahlia Bridal Bouquet

Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Price: $$$

When dahlias are in season, they’re reasonably priced—and bring a lot of bang for the buck.

Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography

Shelf Life

Kept in water, dahlias can last up to a week (it’s helpful to re-cut the stems every few days).

Sophie Kaye Photography, Douglas Koch Florals

Works Well With

The larger varieties like Café au Lait (also know as “Dinnerplate” dahlias because of their oversized blossoms) are beautiful when paired with other multi-petaled blooms like ranunculus and zinneas. Trailing greenery and wildflowers add texture and a romantic garden feel.

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