This charming plant has a sweetly-scented flower loaded with a bunch of skirt-like, blood-red petals and slender leaves.
The dark red blossom representing affection thrives in a well-drained soil. With the regular care and maintenance, it always shines throughout the day.
- I. Blue Flowers
- All Types Of Flowers Can Be Placed Into Two Main Groups: Monocots or Dicots.
- The Plant Kingdom.
- The Angiosperms or Flowering Plants.
- The Difference Between Monocots and Dicots.
- The Monocot Plant.
- The Dicot Plant.
- Lists of Monocots and Dicots.
- Links to Pages about Some of These Flowers.
- Pages About Different Types Of Flowers.
- Asiatic Lily
- Birds of Paradise
- Flower Identification Resource Guide
- Leafsnap UK
- Garden Compass
- Most Popular Flower Types
- Calla Lilies
- Gerbera Daisies
- More Flower Types:
4. Red Rose
Whether red roses are the loyal companions for your sweet engagement moment or romantic dinner, their presence is always enticing.
The bloodshot blossoms signifying romance have been cultivated for food, drink, and perfume for many decades. Don’t get shocked; they literally play a significant role in the human’s civilization.
Without right care, red roses are subjected to harm caused by fungal pests as well as insect threat. Simply give the flower enough nourishment and water regularly.
5. Red Sunflower – Helianthus
In comparison to the ordinary sunflower, red sunflower gives more dramatic effect to your garden space. The unconventional variety has immense, red-blood petals and a black round flower head.
Not only is it likable for children, but the adults won’t say no to this graceful sun-like floral species.
Red sunflower loves an area with a temperate climate and is tolerant to a partially shady spot. For the best growth, placing it under the direct sun is such amazing care.
I. Blue Flowers
For garden enthusiasts loving to create a peaceful ambiance, enlivening the green space with a wide set of blue flowers is nothing yet excellent.
In addition to reviving serenity and calm, these blossoms highlighting sea color denote a handful of meanings such as inspiration, hope, and desire. Their ultimate beauty does hypnotize anybody.
1. Cornflower – Centaurea cyanus
The floral variety of Centaurea cyanus comes with varied names from cornflower to bachelor’s button. As a matter of fact, the blossom belonging to the family of Asteceraea has no corn appearance.
In the past, it was often found in a cornfield as a weed. Hence, the old people named the plant that way.
Cornflower gracefully has an indigo head emerging a cluster of disc florets. And it bursts to bloom merely in summer.
2. Globe Thistle – Echinops ritro
“From adoration to devotion,” that’s a perfect utterance to show the elegance of a palatinate blue flower called globe thistle.
The herbaceous flowering plant has a couple of spiny green leaves and an upright stem in which a spherical flower head with sweet shade sits exquisitely. It’s where a swarm of bees and butterflies usually hang out.
The specific features of globe thistle include deer-resistant, tolerant to dry environment, and not invasive. The bloom period ranges from mid-summer to early autumn.
3. Iris – Iris sibirica
A haughty flower originating from Europe and Central Asia named Iris is awesome for your lawn decoration.
The rhizomatous perennial also known as Siberian flag incredibly has delicate, violet-blue, butterfly wing-like flowers and elongated grass-like leaves. The greenish parts of this plant uniquely own a pinkish tinge on the tip wowing anybody.
Does this elegant Iris sibica require specific care? It actually depends. Yet the significant point is it is in need of clay soil with an acidic environment.
4. Blue Delphiniums – Delphinium
The intense violet shade of blue delphiniums has heartily magnetized a number of avid gardeners to have this elegant lady.
The wild perennial originally from the sub-tropical northern hemisphere is undeniably fitting for either cutting gardens or cottage-style gardens. When sunny summer arrives, this beauty of the blossom never disappoints.
The best time to grow Delphinium is in summer. While preparing the gardening tools, be sure to mind the requirements including a shelter for wind anticipation and dry environment.
5. Gentians – Gentiana verna
Another floral decoration compatible with your grassy lawn is the gentians or gentiana verna. Famous for its tiny size, this species is favored by a number of floret buffs.
The beautiful grassy plant commonly inhabiting the Eurasian meadows interestingly has a short stem standing upright, lanceolate-like leaves, and a squid-like, violet flower.
It needs a bit intricate preparation before planting this sweet flower. The right medium allowing it to grow well is comprised of limestone shatter, leaf mold, and clay mixture.
In conclusion, it is not such a tough task to mix and match those mind-blowing types of flowers. With the flower decoration ideas described earlier, you have ample chance to build fashionable and catchy floral creation in your home and garden.
All Types Of Flowers Can Be Placed Into Two Main Groups: Monocots or Dicots.
Monocot Or Dicot?
Different types of flowers (the Angiosperms) can easily be identified by dividing them into Monocots or Dicots. By just looking at one flower we should soon be able to identify it as one or the other. This not only makes it easier to pick out the different flower types, but it is very interesting to know exactly what we are looking at.
There are other ways of classifying flowers, especially Annuals; Perennials, Biennials and Ephemerals; or even by the way they reproduce such as Sexual Reproduction and Asexual Reproduction eg. Bulbs.
These are the terms most useful to gardeners, whereas classifying by Monocots and Dicots is very basic but is very useful if you are really studying flowers or just want a general understanding of them. Of course the one other big way is by Botanical Names and Classes, etc. But that’s for the Botanists.
When we try to group flowers into Monocots and Dicots, just remember that there are always exceptions when a flower doesn’t seem to be one type or the other. Sometimes there are fusions of petals and leaves and other parts making it very confusing. If ever you find any types of flowers which just don’t fit and you want to know their names, it’s a good idea to either take a flower to your local Botanical Gardens, or send them a photo. They are really helpful with ID in different types of flowers. Of course the local nursery usually has the ID we want.
This Portulaca has narrow leaves and the petals are not clearly defined. Because the leaves look like Monocots (not branching), I would have assumed that this was a Monocot. But it is definitely a Dicot Flower as you can see below with the broader leaved form. It is a good example of just how tricky Nature can be. The photo below is much clearer. If you click on it to enlarge it you can see the five petals distinctly. Sometimes, unless you have access to the original baby seed leaves of a flower, things can get pretty tricky.
Portulacas (above) are often called Moss Roses. They are Dicots because they have combinations of five petals. The singles have five petals and the doubles may have ten or more. But they do look so much like Wild or Single Roses that it’s easy to see how they came to be considered Moss Roses. (The true Moss Rose is an actual Centifolia Rose). See more about them on the Portulacas Page. Here you will see just why these hardy, drought tolerant little plants are so popular.
The Plant Kingdom.
Besides the Angiosperms (flowering plants) and the Gymnosperms (cone bearing plants), in the Plant Kingdom there are the Bryophytes: Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts; and the Pteridophytes (ferns, horsetails and club mosses). The last two groups still use spores to reproduce. Spores (brown) can be seen on the backs of fern fronds in Spring. This is a type of sexual reproduction. And finally Legumes are often classed as another member of the Plant Kingdom all by themselves. Examples are beans, peas, and lentils.
So the Plant Kingdom can be classified into five main groups:
- Angiosperms – Flowers
- Gymnosperms – Cones
- Bryophytes – Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts
- Pteridophytes – Ferns, Horsetails and Club Mosses
- Legumes – Beans, Peas and Lentils
The Angiosperms or Flowering Plants.
The Angiosperms are the Flowering Plants and there are around 250,000 to 400,000 different flower types. Fortunately they can be divided into two groups: Monocots and Dicots. Note that it is only the Flowering Plants that are Monocots or Dicots. Other plants such as Mosses and Ferns are neither.
Monocots have one Cotyledon (the seed capsule where the seed develops) and dicots have two. The Cotyledon contains food for the growing Embryo/s. This means that when the seed develops and grows, it will send up either one (Monocot) or two (Dicot) leaves. I used to think that Dicots had two seeds. Wrong.
Monocots form one quarter of all the Angiosperms and Dicots the rest. Roses are Dicots. There are several ways to distinguish between Monocots and Dicots. The leaves of Monocots have parallel veins that begin at the base of the leaf and end at the tip without any branching (Lily family). The Dicots’ veins start at the bottom and branch out in an ordered network all over the leaf (as in a rose). And of course, if you are there at the beginning when the seedlings push up through the soil, you can tell just by looking at them. The Monocot seed has one leaf and the Dicot has two, as in the following photos:
The Difference Between Monocots and Dicots.
The Monocot Plant.
A Monocot Has A Fibrous Root System.
Monocots may have millions of individual Fibrous roots. There is no main central root. Their leaves are similar in that the veins do not branch out from a central vein, but run parallel to each other. Obviously, the roots aren’t parallel but they can still cover a huge area.
The Dicot Plant.
The Broad Bean Seedling Has A Main Tap Root.
Dicots have a main Tap root with many smaller roots branching off it. Just like their leaves which have a central vein with other veins branching off it. The Dicot root system can cover a huge area to get the essential nutrients for the plant.
A Stunning Combination Of Tulips And Pansies. Monocots And Dicots. Beautiful.
Lists of Monocots and Dicots.
Lily of the Valley. Another plant to die for. I honestly would have thought that this plant was definitely a Dicot because its leaves are so big and fat. But don’t be fooled. This is a great photo where you can definitely see that although the leaves are broad, the leaf veins are parallel. Definitely a Monocot. So many of our delightful Spring Bulbs are Monocots, usually with narrow blade-like leaves. The Rose Leaf, on the other hand, is a Dicot because it has a main vein with other veins branching off it.
The Beauty Of The Red Amaryllis (Hippeastrum).
The Hippeastrum. In this beautiful photo of a Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) Flower, you can clearly see that it has six petals which are actually three Petals and three Tepals – see these on the Parts of a Flower Page – and narrow leaves with parallel veins, making it a Monocot. Note: Not all Monocots have Tepals. Some do, some don’t. Photo Credit.
Close Up Of Amaryllis Leaves Showing The Parallel Veins. A Rose Leaf Showing Its Veins Branching From A Central Stem.
Links to Pages about Some of These Flowers.
Delightful Yellow Daffodils. Six Petals On Each Flower Make It A Monocot For Sure.
The Daffodil is a Monocot. You can clearly see six Petals on each Flower. But are they all really Petals?
For even more detailed information, has it all. And if you want to see something truly amazing in the world of flowers you must not miss this page: Find out the secret of the Daisy Flower and the Gerberas.
This Is A Test. Is This A Moncot Or A Dicot?
This is a Frangipani Leaf. (A Plumeria). To find out the answer, all you have to do is find a picture of a Frangipani Flower and count the petals. You can trick your friends with this one. The answer will be right at the bottom of the Oriental Lilies Page.
Oriental Lilies. Notice the big fat leaves? Just as the leaves on the Lily of the Vallley, they have Parallel Veins. This flower, too, actually has three Petals and three Tepals.
Close Up Of A Nasturtium Leaf.
So is this leaf a Monocot or a Dicot? Where is the main central vein? The answer is at the bottom of the Nasturtiums Page.
These beautiful Oriental Lilies are called ‘After Eight’. If you click on the picture you can see that each flower has three large petals and three smaller tepals which protect the bud before it opens. It also gives you a good look at the leaves. You can just see that the veins are parallel. So it’s definitely a Monocot. Photo Credit.
Beautiful Pink Wild Rose (Rosa canina). The Dog Rose. Five petals and branched leaf veins. A Dicot plant. Photo Credit.
So when looking at all the different types of flowers, I hope you feel a bit more confident about which group they belong to. See also the Oriental Lily, a Monocot. And a favourite Dicot of mine (apart from Roses) is the Nasturtium.
A flower with eight petals, the Lesser Celandine. A Dicot. Look at this.
The Day Flower (Commelina communis).
This beautiful flower (endangered in some regions) actually has three petals (if we could see it in detail and take it apart). They are fused, so they look like two petals. But it’s still a Monocot. This is an example of how different types of flowers can be deceptive. Also its leaves have parallel veins. Photo Credit: User EHM02667.
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Different Types of Flowers – The biggest producer of preserved plants and flowers, has different types of flowers that are perfect for gift-giving, events, and even ornamental interior décor. Normally, a bouquet will consist of the featured or main blooms and an assortment of filler flowers to accent the main blooms. We try to explain what certain flowers look like to their customers over the phone, but this can be a difficult process.
Below, we have listed 100+ Different Types of Flowers and Their Names which florists often use to help you understand the common types of flowers which are sent when you buy flowers.
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|Friendship||1 to 3 feet||1-2 feet wide||Summer Bloom|
Used by florists primarily as a filler flower, Alstroemeria can be found and naturally spreads in the wild. A perennial flower that usually holds an orange color, hybrids of Alstroemeria can be found in yellow, white, pink, and red colors.
Alstroemeria, with its small stature yet beautiful detail is often called or known as a Peruvian Lily. It’s likely if you ask a florist for this flower by either name they will know what you are looking for.
As a colorful filler flower, Alstroemeria can be used with an assortment of other blooms. Commonly used flowers in arrangements with Alstroemeria include Roses, Lilies, Gerbera Daisies, and Asters. Alone in an arrangement, Alstromeria may carry the meaning of friendship. Different Types of Flowers – Alstroemeria
|Splendid beauty||1 to 3 feet||6-12 inches wide||Spring Bloom, Winter Bloom|
Amaryllis, also known as the Belladonna Lily, is a bulbous plant that flowers from late December to late June. The blooms sprout from a leafless stem, up to 12 blooms per stem. Amaryllis has many color varieties, including red, white, pink and orange, in addition to varieties that are white with colored veins.
Each bloom itself is six to ten centimeters in diameter, while the plant grows up to 60 centimeters tall. The foliage consists of several long and thin leaves, two to three centimeters broad and 30 to 50 centimeters long.
Amaryllis bulbs should be planted between October and April. The ideal planting temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. The bulbs themselves don’t need much water, but after leaves and a bud appear, it’s important to increase the water.
After seven to ten weeks, the bulbs will flower. Once a blossom begins to fade, it’s important to remove it, prolonging the flowering season and keeping the plant healthy. If the climate is warm enough for the Amaryllis to grow outside (60 to 75 degrees F at the least), these tall flowers should be planted in a sunny spot where they don’t overshadow smaller plants. Inside, plant in a sunny window with a sandy-loam soil mix. In a pinch, Amaryllis will grow in any good, well-drained soil.
In a bouquet, it’s important to remember the height of the blooms. These flowers are very versatile because there are so many variations. Paired with daintier bundles of blooms will make for a stunning piece. Different Types of Flowers – Amaryllis
|Anticipation||1 to 3 feet||1 to 3 feet||Fall Bloom, Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom|
Anemone, perennial plants that grow from tubers or seeds, grow up to two feet tall and come in a variety of colors, including red, blue, purple and white. The bloom grows from a single stem that has a patch of parsley-like leaves. The flower itself consists of eight to ten rounded petals fanning out nearly parallel to each other. The stalks grow up to eight inches tall.
Planted in October, Anemone flowers in May and June. They grow best in partial or full sun. In southern climates, the Anemone should be shielded from the sun in the warmest part of the day. Tuberous anemones should be planted two to three inches in the ground. Depending on the variation, Anemones can prefer either sandy or moist soil.
Cut Anemones do not fare well in vases because the flower?s fresh juice can be very irritating to the skin. This is a shame because Anemones are striking flowers. However, Anemones make wonderful dry flowers to keep for years and years. If you are set on using Anemones in a floral arrangement, a potted Anemone works very well. As the blooms fade, trim them and fresh blooms will grow in their place. Different Types of Flowers – Anemone
Anthurium, a genus of 600 to 800 species of flowers, is also known as the ?flamingo flower.? These hermaphrodite flowers bear fruit and can be grown in mild climates.
Anthurium blooms are very small and crowd on a fleshy stem called a spadix. The spadix can grow in many different shapes and colors, most commonly red. The leaves are large and simple. Anthurium grows to about 30 centimeters tall.
These flowers make excellent houseplants, as they do not require much sunlight and they prefer a milder climate. However, they do not tolerate frost or freezing conditions. Make sure that you keep you Anthurium well-watered, but be careful not to soak the bulb entirely. In a yard or garden, Anthurium does well against fences and trees, as many varieties tend to climb. Lovely in a flower arrangement, Anthurium has a vase life of up to six weeks, depending on the variety. The thick spathe is better in a wide and not tall bouquet. Different Types of Flowers – Anthurium
The Asiatic Lily has six long and narrow petals that spread around the stem with up to six pistils in the center. Asiatic lilies are bulbous plants that are very hardy and easy to grow. Although a popular color is orange, Asiatic lilies can be yellow, pink or cream. They bloom from June to early August in nearly any type of soil.
Growing best in full sunlight, this variety of lily grows up to four feet tall. When planting Asiatic lilies in a yard or garden, it?s good to plant the bulbs eight inches apart in groups of three to five for the most striking effect. As your plants grow, be careful to protect them from pesky animals like rabbits. Keep the plant moist but do not plant the bulb in soil that does not drain well.
Asiatic lilies are wonderful cut flowers. Because the blooms are three to six inches wide, they add bursts of color to any bouquet. They do not have a strong scent, so they are great to pair with more fragrant flowers. Different Types of Flowers – Asiatic Lily
Aster is a genus of 600 species of plants native to North America. Aster flowers are an inch and half wide and bloom from August to October. The plant itself grows two to four feet tall. Aster blooms are similar to daisies, but have bright colors like purple, lavender, pink or red. These are popular garden plants but, because of their size, work well in pots.
Asters can be annuals or perennials, depending on the variety. These are easy to grow, but require full sunlight. Asters should be planted at least 18 inches apart from one another because, as they grow, they form little bushy clumps. If you are working with annual asters, do not plant them in the same spot of the garden every year, but rotate them.
Smaller varieties of aster, which can be planted as close as six inches apart, can make a lovely border for a garden area. Larger varieties should go further back into the garden, to create a backdrop.
When arranging Asters into a vase or bouquet, the sturdy stalks should be cut low. A small, round container with a bundle of Aster is splendid, but Asters can also showcase a larger flower that would rise from behind the bouquet. Different Types of Flowers – Aster
Birds of Paradise
The lovely Birds of Paradise is native to South America, where it is commonly referred to as a crane flower. This genus is Strelitzia and there are five variations of this flower. The name Birds of Paradise comes from the appearance of the bloom, which resembles a brightly-colored exotic bird mid-flight. Each bloom has three orange and blue petals. Some variations have yellow hues as well.
The foliage of the Birds of Paradise is made up of two ranks of leaves shaped like banana leaves. While this plant can grow up to 10 meters, most varieties only grow to three or four meters tall. The leaves themselves can be six inches wide and up to 18 inches long.
The Birds of Paradise is spectacular in a vase by itself because of the intensley bright hues. But if you were to couple this flower into an arrangement, it would need to be bound together or somehow supported so that it didn’t bruise smaller flowers. Birds of Paradise are often referred to as the symbol of exotic flowers.
Growing the Birds of Paradise is best accomplished in an area that does not generally have a temperature drop below 50 degrees Farenheit, or in a greenhouse. When planning the flowers position in landscaping, the height of the flower should be taken into consideration so that smaller plants are not overshadowed. During spring and summer, the Birds of Paradise needs to be watered generously daily, but during the fall and winter should slow down. This is simulate the precipitation of its homeland, South America. Likewise, if you choose to use fertiziler, lay off a bit in the fall and winter. Plant in a sunny spot in the yard, as these plants are accustomed to a great deal of sun. Different Types of Flowers – Birds Of Paradise
Meaning: Enthusiasm Different Types of Flowers – Bouvardia
Bouvardia, a genus of about 30 evergreens and shrubs native to Central America, have single or double flowers shaped like stars growing out of a thin neck. The pointed green leaves grow three to eleven centimeters long and the flower stands to 15 centimeters tall. Bouvardia can be white, yellow, pink or red.
Since Bouvardia is native to a tropical zone, they make better greenhouse plants in milder climates. If you choose to plant Bouvardia indoors, pot it in a five to six inch pot. The best time to pot Bouvardia is in March, because it blooms in fall and winter. Since these flowers grow in bushes as opposed to singular plants, they don?t work well in bouquets. But they are fabulous in a garden plot or bordering a section of the yard, if the climate is willing.
As houseplants, Bouvardia needs a lot of sunlight, but not full sun. These plants grow best in a 65 to 75 degree F home or hothouse.
Flower Identification Resource Guide
Identifying flowering plants is useful. You can decide whether that bloom will thrive in your garden, if those leaves are edible, and which plants are poisonous. The right flower identification tools will educate you on the blossoms around you. These plant identification resources are a starting point on your journey. Soon, you’ll see wildlife in a whole new way.
USDA: Plants Database
A comprehensive state-by-state flower identification guide.
An appendix of invasive alien plants.
My Wildflowers: Identify
An interactive flower identification tool.
Family Guide to Wildflowers
An interactive guide to known flower characteristics.
Better Homes and Gardens: Plant Encyclopedia
Pick the best plants for your garden.
National Park Service: Vegetation Inventory
Check out an inventory of vegetation throughout US National Parks.
Random Access Identification Key
Enter habitat and growth information for flower identification in Washington.
Plant Identification: Examining Leaves
Learn how to distinguish plants by their leaves.
AQUAPLANT: Plant Identification
Photos and descriptions to help with aquatic plant identification.
A lesson plan to help children with flower identification.
Learn to identify aquatic species in Indiana.
Wildflowers of New England
Identify wildflowers by family, color, or leaves.
House Plant 411
Identify and learn to care for house plants.
A comprehensive flower identification tool for this region.
Learn to garden with native California flowers.
A fast fact sheet about edible flowers.
Herbarium Plant Identification
Learn how to send unidentified North Carolina species in for professional identification.
Floriculture Plant Index
An extensive index of Oklahoma flowers.
Identify flowers from one of seven groups by pictures.
A detailed encyclopedia of plants.
Identify plants as well as their flowering or fruiting statuses.
Plant Identification Game
An interactive game to help you identify plants in the Florida Keys.
A (flower identification tool) with multiple entries.
Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains (and Beyond)
Pictures of wildflowers throughout the Santa Monica region.
Identify plants in the Southeastern US.
A guide to plant identification in Texas.
World Wide FLowering Plant Family Identification
A flower identification guide using characteristics.
Garden Plant Identification
A quick guide to flowers and plant names.
A resource for New England plants.
How to Identify Plants
A beginning guide to identifying plants.
Identify a Plant by Major Group or Color
Learn to use group and color for (plant identification).
Flower Identification Quiz
A quiz on identifying plants.
Colorful pictures for flower identification.
Common Summer Wildflowers of West Virginia
An informative listing of wildflowers in this state.
A plant reference for gardeners.
Plant Finder Tool
Find the perfect plants to garden with.
Wildflowers, Ferns, and Trees
Identify flowers and plants in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.
Interactive keys for tropical flowers.
A guide to using a dichotomous key.
Identify the Wild Plants of Western North America
A guide to the traits of plants in this area.
Written By Ava Rose.
Don’t trust your computer to identify flowers for you? Then leave it to real experts with FlowerChecker. Just take a picture of an unknown flower or plant (or moss, lichen or even fungi) and send it to their team of expert botanists, who will identify it for you. Available for Android and Apple.
The brainchild of British botanist and entrepreneur George Williams, PlantSnapp enables you to identify pictures of flowers and plants by snapping them on your phone. The PlantSnapp experts will take a look and respond within a few hours with a thorough description of what the plant is and how to look after it. You can even buy plants through the app from one of the PlantSnapp affiliated nurseries. Available for Apple.
Originally developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute for identifying trees found in the U.S. and Canada, Leafsnapp has now branched out to the UK market.
Identify 156 UK species with leaf recognition technology and access more than 2,000 beautiful hi-res images of leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, bark and other tree features, as well as mini fact files on every species. All you have to do is take a snap of a leaf. Available for Apple.
Nature trails will never be the same again. With the new revised version of the Naturegate app, it’s possible to identify flowering plants, shrubs and trees as well as birds, butterflies and fish. The identification tools enable you to find facts and images by top photographers about hundreds of wild species by using the search tools – for instance using their English names or their scientific names. Available for Apple.
Take the guesswork out of gardening with Garden Compass. Just take a picture of any flower, plant, or pest or problem – and a team of experts will give you personalised information on your question and help advise you on how to care for the plant or solve the issue. The world-renowned experts are available round the clock at the click of a button. Available for Android and Apple.
Test your new found knowledge. Head to Pinterest and pin the right flowers to the correct board here.
Most Popular Flower Types
Flowers come in thousands of different shapes and color combinations, each with their own name and classification. There are over 400,000 types of flowering plants, so there is sure to be a flower that speaks to your unique personality! If that seems like a lot to sort through have no fear – here is a quick list of some of the most popular flower types:
Alstroemerias are more often called either Peruvian Lilies or Lilies of the Incas and are native to South America. Peruvian Lilies come in a variety of warm colors like pink and orange and are symbolic of friendship, wealth and devotion. These flowers bloom in late spring/early summer when exposed to direct sunlight and watered weekly (water more often when you notice soil looking dry, water less when the soil looks soggy).
The Calla Lily is associated with faith and purity. For this reason, religious figures like the Virgin Mary are often depicted holding a bouquet of calla lilies. Calla lilies are also often associated with sympathy and rebirth, making them a popular flower at sympathy occasions. These beauties grow in full to partial sunlight and should be planted in spring to bloom in late summer. with continued care, they can grow up to two feet long! Once cut, calla lilies can last 2 weeks in a vase.
Carnations come in 3 different types: large flowered carnations, spray carnations, and dwarf flowered carnations. Large flowered carnations can grow to over 20 inches high with one large bloom per stem. These are also referred to as the florist’s carnation. Spray and dwarf carnations have smaller blooms but have multiple blooms per stem. These carnations grow to 12 inches and are more commonly found in gardens. When planting carnations take care to plant in a well-draining soil and in an area with ample sunlight. Carnations can have different meanings depending on their color – a pink carnation symbolizes motherly love, a white carnation means good luck, a yellow carnation means disappointment, etc. Their versatility has made them an extremely popular flower for all occasions.
Daisies are found on every continent other than Antarctica and belong to one of the largest known plant families. Daisies symbolized innocence, a connotation that comes from the Victorian era. Based on what color the daisy is, the flower can take on another meaning. Daisy flowers prefer full sun and average soil conditions. Depending on the variation, they can grow to anywhere between 8 inches to 4 feet. Care tip: only water during the summer only if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
Gardenia’s are most famous for their scented and waxy white flowers that can bring a garden to life. Depending on your geographical location (and personal preference) you get to decide whether your gardenia will live indoors or outdoors. To ensure that your gardenias bloom throughout their growing season, keep the soil well drained and at a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 regardless of whether they are planted in a pot or outside in the garden. These plants also need ample amounts of water, so make sure to never let your gardenia dry out – water regularly.
The fifth most popular flower in the world, the Gerbera Daisy comes in a full rainbow of colors, including pink, orange, yellow and red. The Gerbera was discovered in 1884 in South Africa then it was brought to England, where breeders grew a variety of Gerberas that boasted brighter colors and sturdier quality. The popularity of Gerberas slowly spread to the Netherlands, which became one of the biggest Gerbera daisy distributors in the world—a title it still holds today. Its vibrant petals make it the flower of choice for celebrating every happy occasion, from birthdays to weddings.
Lilies are one of the most popular and versatile flowers in the world. Coming in a variety of colors and known for their strong fragrance, this elegant bloom is a show-stopper on its own while also serving as the perfect complement to any bouquet. In fact, lilies are one of the most popular flowers in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. There are over 100 different types of true lilies belonging to the “lilium” genus. Lilies are found dominantly in the Northern Hemisphere of the world.
Did you know that orchids are one of the oldest flower plants known to man? Scientists have speculated that orchids have been around as far back as 100 million years. With over 30,000 types of orchids some of the most popular types include Phalaenopsis Orchid, Dendrobium Orchid, Cattleya Orchid and Vanilla Orchid. Orchids generally represent love, fertility, thoughtfulness and charm. However, each variety of these flower types has it’s own color has its own meaning. Phalaenopsis orchids symbolize health and prosperity, while Dendrobium orchids represent wisdom & beauty. Cymbidium orchids symbolize strength & nobility, and Oncydium orchids symbolize love & talent.
Like the flower itself, the history of the rose is very colorful. Roses have been naturally growing for over 35 million years! However, they were not known to be cultivated until about 5,000 years ago. Their usage began not just as a decorative touch to one’s home, but they were also used for medicinal purposes, to make perfumes, and their petals were even used as confetti for festive occasions. Getting your roses into water quickly is the first step in caring for them. Fill a vase ¾ full of fresh, cool tap water. The roses will absorb the water, soaking up the nutrients that will travel up to the bloom and create a lively flower. Check the water level in your rose’s vase every day and add more water as needed.
Sunflowers are one of the most popular flower types and are best known for their dazzling yellow color and large size. Sunflowers generally symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity in flower language. Native Americans view sunflowers as a symbol of harvest and bounty since the flower provides seeds and pigments on top of being visually beautiful. Sunflowers need direct sunlight for 6 to 8 hours per day and require hot conditions to flower well. Sunflowers also have long roots that require plenty of room to spread out, so soil should be well dug and not too dense for growth. Avoid over fertilization or risk your stems breaking in the fall.
There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties and are part of the lily family. Like most common flowers, tulips come in a large variety of colors that each have their own meaning. As a signal of the arrival of spring, these blooms are often associated with the Easter holiday. Tulips were at one point more valuable than gold in Holland during a period of “Tulip Mania” and their popularity has only spread with time! Tulip bulbs should be planted in the fall in areas where they can receive partial to full sun. Tulips will fare better in soil that allows for drainage since over watering will drown the bulb and roots.
From white to red, coral, purple, pink, and yellow, peonies can come in a variety of colors! The key to growing a thriving peony is to make sure you plant at the proper time, plant correctly, and of course, care for it all throughout the year, even when they aren’t necessarily in season. Since peonies can grow rather tall (sometimes even as tall as five feet!), you’ll need to make sure that the spot you choose is spacious enough. And remember, peonies can come back year after year, so you’ll need to think long term.
These bold blooms come in a wide range of color and can be easily incorporated into any existing or new garden. And unlike most plants, these flowers thrive in some shade. They also flower extremely long, first blooming midsummer and lasting through the first frost. However, even though Dahlias are perennials, they are tuberous rooted plants so they should be replanted every spring after resting.
Beautifully orange and gold in color, marigolds are known to symbolize a desire for wealth and to succeed. They are such a bright color that their pigments are also used in the textile and food industry! Marigolds are a versatile flower – they may also be used when grieving over the loss of a loved one or when celebrating those who have passed.
More Flower Types:
- Blackeyed Susan
- California Poppy
- Dusty Miller