Updated: Jun 27
Magical Plants #2
After I finished my first in the Magical Plants series (Foxglove, the Trickster), I immediately felt compelled to paint dahlias.
As I immersed myself in learning about the dahlia plant, I learned that it has medicinal properties, and it was used by the Aztecs for several different medical purposes, including treating coughs, painful urination, fever, and skin infections, to name a few. Not only that, but it was an important food crop because the tubers are nutritious, and the entire plant is edible. Just in case that wasn't enough, the stems are an excellent source of water.
The plant can grow to be quite tall - up to five feet or more - and the flowers bloom for a long time both on and off the plant. There are hundreds of varieties, and they very a lot from flower to flower. Some are several inches across with a huge number of petals, while others are small and have only 5 petals.
OK, now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's get to why I decided to call this stunning flower The Hero.
The Hero is one who overcomes challenges to achieve a goal that is for the betterment of others. At least, that's my definition. YMMV.
When looking into the symbolism of the dahlia, it is a flower of dignity, finding inner strength, embracing positive change, and commitment. Pair that with the fact that it is food, water, and medicine, and you've got a hero in my book.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, just like the dahlia. Some are quiet and subtilely lovely, while others trumpet their fabulousness in a blaze of glory. No matter what your own style is, you too can be a hero.
Using the energy of the dahlia
When you invite the energy of the dahlia into your life, you are opening up to being your full bad-ass self. The Hero gets shit done, and hanging this painting in your home or office is a reminder that you have everything you need within yourself to accomplish your goals and to help others.
Dahlia energy will aid you in standing tall, no matter what the world throws at you. And it will remind you that you are wonderful, exactly as you are.
Masa Americana's article, Acocoxochitl: The Dahlia
Petal Republic's article Ultimate Guide to Dahlia Flower Meaning and Symbolism
Please note that although I have a background in herbal medicine, nothing I publish on my blog or website should be construed as medical advice. And while I'm at it, it's not legal or financial advice either.