Merck's Dahlia
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Merck's Dahlia
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Anjulika
Common name: Merck's Dahlia
Botanical name: Dahlia merckii    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Dahlia glabrata, Dahlia decaisneana, Dahlia minor

Merck's Dahlia is a tuberous rooted perennial herb 1-2 ft tall, but can grow up to 8 ft. It has large divided leaves, and produces large single flowers in shades of lilac, white and pink, with yellow centers. Flowers are 7-8 cm across. Merck's Dahlia is native to Mexico. It is popularly cultivated as an annual plant in India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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