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Some symbols of Mexico, including their national flower, flag information, and other symbols.

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Mexico's National Flower is the Humble Dahlia

With more than 30,000 native flowering plants to choose from, who would have thought that the humble dahlia would become Mexico's national flower?

The earliest known description of the dahlia (known to the Aztecs as acocoxóchitl) comes from the Franciscan friar, Bernardino de Sahagún, who arrived in New Spain in 1529. The Aztec name is believed to derive from "plant with tube-like stems" and the Aztecs are said to have used them to carry water. The name was probably applied primarily to the tall, hollow-stemmed, tree-like species now known as Dahlia imperialis.

Later in the sixteenth century, the dahlia is described in the Codex Barberini...

A wonderful early description of dahlias comes from Dr. Francisco Hernández (1515-87), the first trained scientist to be sent to New Spain by King Philip II to research and describe the region's natural history...

At the end of the eighteenth century, a physician, Martin de Sessé y Lacasta, and José Mariano Mociño collect plants for Mexico's Botanical Garden, recording their findings in Plantae novae Hispaniae. Vincente Cervantes, a colleague of Sessé, sends some dahlia seeds to the famous Spanish botanist, Antonio José Cavanilles, in Europe. Curiously, Cervantes subsequently became director of the Mexican Botanical Gardens, while Cavanilles later became director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid.

The term "dahlia" is used for the first time in 1791...

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Green: Independencia (independence from Spain)

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Red: Unión (union between the Europeans and Americans)

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