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Dalieda de San Francisco is a Madrid botanical garden specializing in dahlias. The collection counts 724 varieties of these plants. The best time to see them in all their glory is the beginning of June, but the flowers bloom until the turn of September and October. The garden covers an area of about 4400 m².
Dalieda de San Francisco is located almost in the center of old Madrid. Adjacent to it are the walls of the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. In the past it also housed a Franciscan monastery, which according to legend was built in the place where Saint of Assisi stayed in the hut he built.
The Dalieda Garden was opened on May 7, 2007 by the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon. Interestingly, dahlia is a national flower not Spain but ... Mexico. The first mention of this plant comes from 1517, when the Spanish expedition discovered the Yucatan peninsula.