Scarlet Dahlia
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Scarlet Dahlia
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Scarlet dahlia, Red Dahlia • Nepali: लाहुरे फूल Laahure Phool
Botanical name: Dahlia coccinea    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Scarlet dahlia have blooms with a single outer ring of florets, which may overlap, the centre forming an orange yellow disc. It is a variable perennial herb, usually 1.2-1.5 m high but sometimes up to 3 m high, with branched, brown-purple stems, toothed leaves up to 40 cm long, dark green above and paler below, varying from simple to three-pinnate. Single flowerheads, 8-10cm across, have golden centres surround by ray florets which are usually bright orange-scarlet but may be yellow, orange, dark maroon or many-coloured, from summer to autumn Dahlias are native from Mexico into Columbia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Jamia Millia, Delhi

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