How to Draw a Dahlia Flower

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Dahlia Flower in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Dahlia Flower.

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How to Draw a Dahlia Flower - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First draw the central flower by drawing a circle.

Step 2: Next draw dots inside the circle.

Step 3: Draw the front petals by making skinny oval shapes all around the center.

Step 4: Next draw the back petals in a smiliar way adding them behind the front petals.

Step 5: In thise step draw the stem slanted to the left.

Step 6: Lastly draw the leaves, two on the right side and one on the left. Each leaf should be drawn very wavy with a line down the middle.

Interesting Facts about Dahlias

Dahlias are large frilly flowers that can as big as dinner plates. They grow in red, yellow, orange, purple, and white. They grow as tall as 20 feet tall and are 2 to 12 inches around. Dahlias are native to Mexico. Gardeners grow the flowers for flower arranging. Dahlias are related to sunflowers and marigolds. Some dahlias grow on cactus. The roots are used to produce more plants because seeds don’t grow the same way. The petals on the flower are small and equally spaced in a layered circle, which makes a large pom-pom shape with some specifies.

Did you know?

  • Dahlias were found in ancient Aztec gardens.
  • There are 30 species of Dahlias.
  • Dahlias need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
  • The only colors that Dahlias can’t grow in are blue or black. The flower known as the “Black Dahlia” is actually a dark burgundy red.
  • There are 2 forms of Dahlias, formal and informal.

Lesson Plan Note: Because Dahlias are native to Mexico they are a great addition to a cultural study. The Aztecs had a rich and colorful history. Teach your students about the Aztec culture and the cultural contributions they made to the modern Mexican society.