This genus has upright and bushy, early summer and early autumn flowering, tuberous, deciduous annuals and perennials.
Characteristics: Annual or Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous
Origin: Mexico and Central America.
Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae [or Compositae], dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 in [5.1 cm] diameter or up to 1 ft [30 cm] or “dinner plate”.