Dahlias climb the career ladder
Dahlias weren't always cultivated for their beauty. In Mexico in the year 200 BC, they were grown for their tubers, which are rich in starch in the form of inulin.
They were therefore a source of food for the natives of that era. In addition, their sap was used for medicinal purposes.
For the Aztecs, in contrast, dahlias were a powerful symbol.
Because of their golden orange to purple blossoms, they appeared to symbolise the sun, which was at the heart of Aztec beliefs.
No wonder, then, that the Sun Emperor Moctezuma is said to have worn a robe embroidered with an enormous dahlia blossom at his coronation in 1503.