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Flower show theme flower the dahlia to boost colour in Victoria Park from March 16

The dahlia, a striking blossom with splendid colours and varied forms, will be showcased as the theme flower at the upcoming Hong Kong Flower Show, bringing its vibrant colours to the event.

This year's flower show will be held in Victoria Park for 10 days from March 16 to 25 from 9am to 9pm daily. As the show's main theme "Joy in Bloom" suggests, the exquisite blossoms of the dahlia will greet visitors with gorgeous colours to fill hearts with joy.

About 40 000 dahlias will be on display at the showground. The dahlia is a herbaceous perennial of the genus Dahlia in the Asteraceae family and is native to Mexico and neighbouring Guatemala in Central America. Generally speaking, flowering is continuous throughout the blooming season from summer to autumn. The maximum height of the plant varies considerably with variety. Dwarf varieties do not grow beyond 60 centimetres, while the larger ones attain a maximum height in excess of 1.5 metres.

The gorgeous dahlia bloom is actually an inflorescence made up of many florets. Like the chrysanthemum, the dahlia has "flowers" with central disc (tubular) florets and peripheral ray (ligulate) florets. Disc florets are usually yellow in colour while ray florets come in all hues but blue.

Cultivated dahlias come in multiple varieties. There are currently about 19 000 officially registered cultivars of dahlias in the world. Most countries and regions classify the plants based on their full-grown height, crown diameter, colour and type of flower. The more common dahlia cultivars include single-flowered dahlias, waterlily dahlias, decorative dahlias, ball dahlias, pompon dahlias and cactus dahlias.

Dahlias grow easily and are equally suitable for potting or planting on terraces, in gardens or in flower beds or flower paths. Some long-stemmed cultivars, often used as cut flowers, are excellent for flower baskets and bouquets, and are frequently exhibited in flower shows.

In addition to this year's theme flower and other flowering plants, the event will showcase a rich profusion of exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays by local, Mainland and overseas organisations.

For enquiries, please call 2601 8260 or visit the flower show webpage

The flower show is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is supporting the flower show for the sixth consecutive year and has been the Major Sponsor of the flower show since 2014.


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