Flowers of Mexico

by Details Flowers ● 24 August ● Just For Fun

Mexico is known for more than just wonderful foods and mixed drinks; it is also a biodiverse country with many lovely, native multicolored blooms. Rugged mountains, low coastal plains, and deserts characterize Mexico's landscape. The temperatures and flora in each landscape are very distinct. The diversified land produces an amazing variety of flowers; in fact, you won't find as many different flower types anywhere else!

Mexico's National Flower, The Dahlia

dahliaThe dahlia was named Mexico's national flower in 1963. The flower is now grown in gardens all throughout the country. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which includes the sunflower and the chrysanthemum. Autumn is the ideal time to see them in full bloom, and if you like brilliant colors in your garden, this is a perfect choice. Furthermore, the flower is still utilized as a component in Oaxacan dishes. 

Marigold (Tagetes)


In pre-Hispanic Mexico, the Aztecs regarded Marigolds as the flower of the dead, which led to their use in the Day of the Dead celebrations held each year. It is believed that the petals of the marigold flowers guide the spirits of their family to the altars with their vibrant colors and pungent scent. Our partners over at Ball have two incredibly beautiful varieties of marigold - Coco and Xochi. Learn more about our partnership with Ball here!


Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia)

mexican-sunflowerThe blooms of this Mexican sunflower resemble those of a daisy and grow on shrubs. The petals are mostly yellow and red in color. Each shrub produces 90 - 100 flowers, resulting in a rich carpet of lovely blooms. The flower attracts a large number of butterflies, which aids pollination. It symbolizes adoration, faith, and loyalty.

Laelia Orchid (Laelia Rubescens)

laelia-orchidThe “rosy-tinted laelia” is another name for this flower. It can be found on trees or rocks. Orchids are quite hardy, and many people use them as table centerpieces in their homes. The flowers of this gorgeous Mexican orchid are usually pale pink in color. The bloom is synonymous with beauty, love, and luxury. 


Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

pineapple-sageThis flower smells like pineapple, as the name suggests! The flowers are a vivid red color, and when crushed, the leaf can be utilized in cooking. Pineapple sage is popularly used as a ground cover in gardens.


Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

poinsettiaThe poinsettia is widely recognized as a symbol of the Christmas season. The plant's crimson hue comes from the foliage rather than the blooms. The herb can be utilized for both medicinal and dyeing purposes.


Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

mexican-passion-flowerThis flower is one of Mexico's most unique and uncommon blossoms. The vines feature bilobed leaves with a spherical apex. The flower is available in two color schemes: red and green and yellow and purple. The plant is notable for producing passion fruit and having a spicy odor.


Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos Atrosanguineus)

chocolate-cosmosThe petals of this flower, which belongs to the cosmos family, are dark crimson to brown in color. The color of the bloom is represented by the name "chocolate." The blossom has a chocolate scent, however, it is harmful for human consumption.


Fun Facts About Mexico

dayofthedeadThe Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is commemorated from October 31st to November 2nd. The Day of the Dead is a time for families to mourn their forefathers and mothers, as well as welcome back spirits who have passed away. Mexican marigolds are one of the most well-known flowers/symbols for this festival since it is thought that their perfume aids in the return of spirits. Chrysanthemums, gladiolus, cockscomb, and baby's breath are among the other common flowers used in this three-day festival.

cacaoplantChocolate originated in Mexico, where the Aztecs and Mayans first cultivated the cacao plant thousands of years ago.

pyramidofcholulaThe Great Pyramid of Cholula in Cholula, Mexico, is the world's largest pyramid, even greater than the Giza pyramids. It was built for the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, according to legend.

The National Dog Is The Xoloitzcuintli!

If you love learning about flowers around the world, make sure to check out our blog about Flowers of the Caribbean!

Follow Details on Instagram!