New Swedish Stamps on Dahlias

\"dahlias\"Sweden Post issued four colorful stamps for fall greetings depicting ball dahlia, decorative dahlia, waterlily dahlia and ruffle dahlia.The dahlia originates from Central America, where it was used both as decoration and for medicinal purposes. The Spanish took the dahlia home with them as early as the 1500s but it did not attract much attention.Interest for the dahlia in the European part of the world grew at the end of the 1700s as seeds and tubers spread from Madrid’s botanical garden to cultivators throughout Europe. It was the director of the botanical garden who, in 1791, named the flower after the Swedish botanist and student of Carl von Linne, Andreas Dahl.

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