The Dahlia genus includes tuberous plants of the Asteraceae family.
The dahlia is native to the warm regions of Mexico, Central America and Colombia. The Aztecs called it Cocoxochitl (roughly translated as “water cane” because of its hollow stem) and used its bitter leaves and edible tubers daily to feed their animals but also for their supposed diuretic or anti-inflammatory properties. epileptics. As Francisco Hernández described it in 1570, the Aztecs also cultivated it as an ornamental plant.