World’s 50 Most Pretty Purple Flowers

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Purple Flowers: Flowers come in a wide variety of colors. For instance, many of these colors bear huge symbolism and meanings. In particular red flowers symbolize love, yellow ones symbolize joy, white blossoms mean purity, and purple ones indicate nobility and elegance.

Believe it or not, purple is one of the most common flower colors. About this, it is important to note that the purple color of flowers and other purple plant organs (like purple leaves and stems) is due to the pigment called anthocyanin.

Aside from purple, anthocyanin also produces red, magenta, and blue colors, depending on its intensity.

On this page, we have compiled 50+ of the most beautiful purple flowers on the planet. So let’s not make the introduction any longer. Welcome to the wonderful world of purple flowers!

Purple Flowers

There are the best types of purple flowers in the plant world:

1. Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)

Verbena

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Verbenaceae Verbena Verbena bonariensis

Also known as the Purpletop Vervain, the Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) is characterized by having small purple five-petaled flowering plant.

  • Aside from its aesthetic value, Verbena has long been used in folk plant medicine, usually served as an herbal tea. Basically, the Verbena has a galatagogue effect (can trigger and promote lactation in women) and can even act as a sex steroid.
  • New hybrid species of Verbena can already thrive even in the hottest of summer season. However, Verbena is very sensitive to cold weather and can be easily damaged by winter frosts.
  • These small purple flowers are native to South America.

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Lantana

Perennials
Lantana camara, also known as common Lantana, is a species of the Verbenaceae (verbena) family indigenous to the American tropics. Each flower is tubular and has four elongated lobes (petals) that change color with age. The colors come in different shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, or white.

2. Delphinium (Delphinium sp.)

Delphinium

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ranunculales Ranunculaceae Delphinium Delphinium sp.

This purple floweer is found in thriving in relatively cold to moist environments, Delphiniums are perennial plants with spike flowers that can vary from purple, blue, white, and yellow flowers. This type of purple flowers, also called as the “larkspur” is characterized by having dark green but glossy leaves.

  • The size of a Delphinium plant can range from 2 feet up to 6 feet.
  • The name “Delphinium” comes from the Latin word meaning “dolphin“, which refers to the shape of the nectar secreting part of its flower.
  • Despite being attractive to look at, all parts of the Delphinium (all species) are highly toxic to humans and other animals.

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Delphinium

Perennials
Delphinium is a famous ornamental plant that adds height and a pop of color to commercial and home gardens. Usually, its flowers come in gorgeous shades of blue and purple. Still, other cultivars showcase more yellow, red, white, or pink.

3. Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)

Pasque flower

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ranunculales Ranunculaceae Pulsatilla Pulsatilla vulgaris

Found in the regions with tundra biomes, the Pasque flowergrows low in the ground and has fine silky hairs in order to insulate itself and keep out of the cold environment.

  • Characterized by having dark purple to almost white petals, yellow stamens at the center of the flower, and the rest of the plant being covered in silky hairs, this plant only grows on a southward direction where it faces the slopes.
  • This flower is a member of the plant family Ranunculaceae (from Ranunculus meaning “little frog“) and it is assumed that members of this family thrive in places where frogs can be found.
  • These dark purple flowers are endemic and is seen almost anywhere in the northwest United States and Northern Alaska. In fact, it is the state flower of South Dakota.

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Pasque flower

Perennials
As a harbinger of spring, the pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) begin to appear before the plant's fern-like, feathery foliage has fully developed. The flowers are usually purple, but some cultivars also have red, pink, or white flowers.

4. Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Lilac

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Oleaceae Syringa Syringa vulgaris

The next purple flower in this list is the Lilac Syringa vulgaris which is often considered as the harbinger of spring, as the time of its blossoming can signal whether spring will be early or late.

  • Basically, the Lilac is large-sized shrub that can grow up to 6 to 7 meters high. It has light green oval leaves that are arranged oppositely to the sides of the plant. It also has lilac to mauve colored (sometimes white) flowers arranged in panicles.
  • Aside from its very attractive flowers, the Lilac is very popular because of the sweet scent produced by its flowers. And because of its “hardy” character, it was chosen to be the state flower of New Hampshire.
  • These large purple flowers are widely distributed in some parts of northern and western Europe and North America.

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Lilac

Known as "Queen of the Shrubs", lilac is one of the most challenging and most fragrant flowering shrubs in many gardens today. You may recognize them as a flower in your grandmother's garden. Its stem flowers are usually available in white, blue, purple, and pink colors, adding height and softness to any garden.

5. Clematis (Clematis sp.)

Clematis

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ranunculales Ranunculaceae Clematis Clematis sp.

Mainly found in the cold regions of the Northern hemisphere, the Clematis is a versatile plant that can grow almost anywhere: from walls, containers, or even when left through the trees and other plants.

  • The members of the genus Clematis are composed of climbing vines that have beautiful purple blossoms and have bright evergreen foliage.
  • The Clematis is very known for its various names like Old man’s beard (because of its very prominent seedhead), Traveller’s joy (a name invented by herbalist J. Gerard), and Leather flower (because of the appearance of its petals).
  • The leaves of Clematis serve as food for some caterpillar species.

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Clematis

Perennials
Clematis is an easy-care perennial covered in large, vigorous flowers in spring and summer (there are also some autumn blooms). These beautiful flowers are available in various colors, including red, white, pink, blue, purple, and bi-color.

6. Salvia (Salvia sp.)

Salvia

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Lamiaceae Salvia Salvia sp.

The next purple flowers in this list is the Salvia, the largest genus in the Family Lamiaceae (Mint/Deadnettle family). Usually, Salvias grow from 30 centimeters up to 3 meters high.

  • Salvias, which are native to North America, are very easy to cultivate as they are very drought-tolerant and bloom all summer long.
  • Purple Salvias are very appealing for hummingbirds, hence, these purple flowers are often referred to as the “Hummingbird Magnet“.

7. Purple Freesia (Freesia sp.)

Purple freesia

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asparagales Iridaceae Freesia Freesia sp.

Freesias are herbaceous flowering plants that are members of the plant family Iridaceae. Freesia flowers are funnel shaped and come in a variety of colors (white, yellow, pink, purple), however, the most popular are the purple ones.

  • The name “freesia” was derived from its discoverer, German botanist Friedrich Freese.
  • Purple Freesias are endemic to Kenya and some regions of South Africa.
  • Because of their sweet scent, Freesias are usually cultivated in order to be used as perfumes, shampoos, creams, and others.

8. Catmint (Nepeta sp.)

Catmint

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Lamiaceae Nepeta Nepeta sp.

The Nepeta or Catmint is a type of perennial flowering plant that is somehow related to catnips (which are favored by cats). The most common type are those with bluish-purple flowers that grow during early summer.

  • Catmints usually grow from one foot up to 3-4 feet high, hence are useful in making garden borders and edges.
  • This plant, having silver foliage, are drought-resistant and grow well during the hot weather.

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Catmint

Annuals/Perennials
As one of the exotic perennials of the flower world, catmint (Nepeta cataria) is very versatile and easy to grow. The dark purple flowers explode in early summer for a spectacular display that can last for quite some time. Since this plant appears in muted colors, typically purple/blue flowers on a cool gray-green, catmint is easy to mix and match with other annuals and perennials without clashing.

9. Dwarf Iris (Iris sibica)

Dwarf iris

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asparagales Iridaceae Iris Iris sibica

As its name suggests, the Dwarf Iris is smaller as compared to the typical irises we know. Basically, the Dwarf Iris is distinguishable by the presence of crests in its sepals (leaf-like structure below the petals).

  • Relative to common irises which grow from 15 to 38 inches high, Dwarf Irises are just 6 inches in height.
  • These small purple spring flowers of this plant are very fragrant and thus appeal to insects and animals. They usually bloom in dry pine forests during the early spring.
  • The name of the Dwarf Iris and other native irises come from the Greek goddess Iris, the goddess of the rainbow.

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Miniature Gladiolus

Perennials
Miniature Gladiolus (Gladiolus nanus) is sometimes referred to as dwarf Gladiolus. It is actually a smaller growing variety than the more popular varieties. Miniature Gladiolus produces fantastic two-tone spikes of pink flowers with a hint of white on its throat.

10. Lavender (Lavandula spica)

Lavender

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Lamiaceae Lavandula Lavandula spica

The next flowering plant to make it to this list is the Lavender Lavandula spica which is endemic to many continents of the world like Europe, Africa (northern and eastern), and Asia (southwest).

  • This plant has purple to light violet flowers that are held in spike inflorescence.
  • These lavender colored flowers are very popular in herbal medicine as it is commercially packaged as herbal tea and essential oil that are used to induce sleep and relaxation.
  • The name of this plant is derived from the Latin word, “lavare” which means “to wash“, probably referring to the use of the extracts of the plant.

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Lavandula

Perennials
Lavandula angustifolia is undoubtedly amongst the most popular herbaceous plants. With its purple flowers, the fragrant plant adorns many window sills, gardens, and balconies. Lavandula typically blooms between late May and mid-September. There it forms purple flowers, rarely white, which are arranged in pseudo-whorls.

11. Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Balloon flower

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asterales Campanulaceae Platycodon Platycodon grandiflorus

The common name of the next flowering plant in this list truly makes a perfect sense. The Balloon flower Platycodon grandifloras have flower buds that are inflated and can be popped open.

  • These flowers with purple petals, which usually appear in bluish-purple colors (sometimes white and pink), are best suited to dry climate and can tolerate light shades.
  • Interestingly, this plant have foliage that turn to clear gold during the winter.

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Blue Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Perennials
Commonly known as the blue balloon flower, Japanese snowdrop, Chinese snowdrop, Chinese bellflower, and Korean snowdrop, the Balloon Flower is a flowering perennial in the Campanulaceae family, including lobelia and wood hyacinth, and is the only member of the genus Platycodon.

12. Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum)

Lisianthus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Gentianales Gentianaceae Eustoma Eustoma grandiflorum

Endemic to the regions of Carribean, Mexico, and South America, the Lisianthus Eustoma grandiflorum (long stem purple flowers) is a popular ornamental plant that grows 15 to 60 centimeters tall.

  • The Lisianthus is very much known for its bluish green succulent leaves and light purple bell-shaped flowers that arise from its long stems.
  • These purple tall flowers grow well on grasslands.

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Eustoma grandiflorum

Biennials
Often preferred by flower designers when a classy flower is required for an arrangement, Eustoma grandiflorum is the epitome of a versatile and glamorous flower. The tousled petals and elegant buttons are available in various colors. They are available in different colors: pink, purple, blue, and white, as well as two-tone combinations of these shades.

13. Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)

Lily of the nile

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asparagales Amaryllidaceae Agapanthus Agapanthus africanus

As its name suggests, Lily of the Nile is endemic to South Africa. As a matter of fact, it is also called as the Agpanthus or the African Blue Lily.

  • The name of this plant is derived from the two Greek words “agape” and “aanthus” which mean “love” and “flower” respectively.
  • Agapanthus plants have flowers that have purple, blue, and sometimes white petals that look like lilies.

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Agapanthus (African Lily Flower)

Agapanthus

Perennials
Commonly known as the African lily (or the lily of the Nile in Britain) and the flower of love, the Agapanthus is native to southern Africa. It grows mainly in shady areas where it's protected from the heat of the African sun.

14. Morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

Sky blue morning glory

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Solanales Convolvulaceae Ipomoea Ipomoea purpurea

As its name suggests, Morning Glory flowers Ipomea purpurea blossom in the early morning and start to wrinkle a few hours after.

  • This plant is a climber characterized by having thin stems, and cordate leaves. Its flowers are bell-shaped and come in colors like purple, pink, magenta, and white.
  • Because of its flowers, insects as well as hummingbirds are easily attracted.
  • In medicine, the Morning Glory is very much popular because of its seeds that have laxative properties.

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Ipomoea

Annuals
Ipomoea belongs to a family of flowering plants known as Morning Glory, which are unruly vines. They have blue, purple, lavender, or pink flowers that fade at night and open every morning.

15. Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

Bittersweet nightshade flower

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Solanales Solanaceae Solanum Solanum dulcamara

Coming from the Nightshade family or Solanaceae, the Bittersweet nightshade is a perennial plant distinguished by its herbaceous branches that die every year.

  • Its flowers are star-shaped and have purple petals and yellow heads.
  • Like any other members of the family Solanaceae, this plant contains the toxin, solanine. Its leaves, when crushed, produced a very unpleasant smell and is in fact poisonous to animals.
  • This plant was originally native to Europe but is now widely grown in the North America.

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Bittersweet

Shrubs
The Bittersweet plant is a staff vine and belongs to the genus Celastrus, which belongs to 30 species of shrubs and vines. These flowers are cultivated in America, Africa, Australia, and the eastern region of Asia.

16. Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Wild indigo

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Fabales Fabaceae Baptisia Baptisia australis

Wild indigo comes from the Family Fabaceae, the same plant family where clovers and pea belong. Wild indigos are typically seen along the Pacific coasts of USA.

  • These types of purple wildflowers, which can reach 1 to 2 meters high, is characterized by its bright purple flowers positioned in spike inflorescence.
  • The plant is used as a dye, resulting to an indigo color, hence the name of the plant.
  • Despite being included in the list of toxic plants, the roots of Wild Indigos are used to produce medicine.

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False Indigo

Perennials
False Indigo mainly occurs along river banks, as well as in thickets and rich forests. There are approximately 20 species of Baptisia, all of which are native to midwestern or eastern North America.False Indigo has purple lupine-like blooms in upright clusters (up to 12-inches) on spikes.

17. Monkshood (Aconitum variegatum)

Monkshood

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ranunculales Ranunculaceae Aconitum Aconitum variegatum

The next plant in this list is the Monkshood plant that grows in the mountainous areas in the north hemisphere. This plant, which has distinct purple flowers, derived its name from the appearance of its sepals which somehow look like the cowls of monks.

  • Its genus name Aconitum comes from the Greek word “akonitos” which means “pointed cone“.
  • Despite being attractive, this plant is extremely poisonous (due to the compound aconite) and ingestion even in small quantities may cause gastrointestinal problems.

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Blue Rocket

Aconite

Aconite is a poisonous flower that is not as popular as some others. Aconite is a genus of over 300 species of flowering plants in the Ranunculaceae family.

18. China Aster (Callistephus chinensis)

China aster

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asterales Asteraceae Callistephus Callistephus chinensis

As its name suggests, the China Aster is native to China. This plant, which stands 12 inches to 36 inches tall, is very easy to distinguish because of its daisy-like flowers that appear like pompoms.

  • The China Aster come in various colors like purple, blue, white, yellow, red, and pink.

19. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangeas

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Cornales Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

Native to southern and eastern Asia, and some parts of America, the Hydrangea is type of evergreen plant that grow during the early spring to late autumn.

  • Interestingly, the color of the Hydrangea flower can give an indication about the pH of the soil it is planted in. Purple to blue flowers indicate the soil is acidic whereas pink ones show it is acidic.

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Hortensia

Known for its lush foliage and beautiful flowers, Hortensia is the epitome of the summer months. With the common name hydrangea, Hortensia is a genus of more than 75 species of flowering plants native to the Americas and Asia. The flower color ranges from blue to pink, through all shades of lavender, purple to violet, as well as white and green.

20. Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Cosmos flower

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asterales Asteraceae Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus

At present, there are only 3 known species of Cosmos: Cosmos bipinnatus, Cosmos sulphureus and Cosmos atrosanguineus. Among the three, the first one is the most common.

  • Cosmos bipinnatus is a species of Cosmos characterized by having yellow eyed head, and purple to burgundy red outer petals.
  • These purple flowers with yellow centers can grow from 48 centimeters up to 1.2 meters tall.
  • During the 1800s, Cosmos plants were first introduced to Mexico.

21. Cattleya Orchid (Cattleya labiata)

Cattleya orchid

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asparagales Orchidaceae Cattleya Cattleya labiata

Cattleya orchids come in a wide variety of colors like light purple, pink, and white. These purple and white flowers colored flowers are native to Central and South America and thrive in warm temperatures and slightly bright areas.

  • This plant was named after horticulturist William Cattley, who accidentally discovered the plant during his en route from Brazil to England.
  • The Cattleya orchid is also called as the Corsage orchid because in the old times, it is used by women as corsage during special occasions.

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Cattleya

Cattleya orchids display a fantastic look that several plant lovers could not resist. Cattleya belongs to a genus of Cattleya spp. in the family Orchidaceae. There are currently 35 natural hybrids and 46 recognized species of the genus Cattleya. These orchids are native to the tropics like South and Central America. The blooms can reach a diameter of 8 inches, with colors ranging from white to blue, yellow, red, purple, and orange.

22. Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Candytuft

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Brassicales Brassicaceae Iberis Iberis sempervirens

The next flower in this list is the Candytuft, a plant endemic to Europe but has already adapted to some regions in the United States.

  • This evergreen plant stands 12 to 18 inches tall and has very delicate lilac, pink, and white flowers that blossom during early spring or summer. After that, it may or may not reblossom during the fall.

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Persian Candytuft

Perennials
Commonly known as Persian candytuft or Persian watercress, Aethionema is a genus of around 60 Brassicaceae (mustard) family species. Persian candytuft is magnificent Old-World watercress cultivated for its fragrant pink flowers.

23. Fuchsia (Fuchsia sp.)

Fuchsia

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Myrtales Onagraceae Fuchsia Fuchsia sp.

The Fuchsia flower is very distinguishable due to its two-toned teardrop-shaped flowers. Its sepals (leaves actually) are bright red whereas its petals are purple. Because of such colorful appearance, insects and hummingbirds are easily attracted to it.

  • Fuchsia plants are highly sensitive to hot temperature so care is very much advised especially during the summer.
  • The fruits of all species of Fuchsia are edible.

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Lady’s-eardrop

Lady's-eardrop (Fuchsia magellanica) is an eye-catching hedge in milder regions where it remains semi-evergreen. Lady's-eardrop is an erect, deciduous shrub with lanceolate leaves. It grows up to 3.6 meters (11 feet) by 2 meters (6 feet) tall at medium speed and produces numerous small, tubular pendulous flowers in shades of pink, red, and often white.

24. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Foxglove

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Plantaginaceae Digitalis Digitalis purpurea

Standing 2 to 5 feet tall, the Foxglove plant Digitalis purpurea is easily distinguishable because of its tall purple (sometimes pink, red, yellow, and white) flowers that bear speckled throats.

  • The leaves of this plant contain a compound called as the digitalis which is considered to be poisonous but is viewed as a potential cure for heart ailments.
  • This plant is endemic to the western and southwestern parts of Europe.

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Foxglove

Biennials
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a short-lived perennial or biennial Western European plant from the Plantaginaceae family (plantain). Pendent, 2-3" long, funnel-shaped, tubular, purple to dark rose-pink (often white) flowers with white and purple spots inside are tightly bunched along with each spike.

25. Liatris (Liatris spicata)

Liatris spicata

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asterales Asteraceae Liatris Liatris spicata

Last but not the least purple flower is the Liatris or the Blazing Star. Known to be an insect magnet, the Liatris can attract Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies.

  • Like any other members of the Family Asteraceae, the Liatris grow from bulbs or corms that start to arise during spring and blossom during late summer.
  • While this plant can relatively survive dry climate, it can also somehow tolerate moderate cold temperature. Interestingly, its foliage can turn into light gold during winter.

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Gayfeather

Perennials
Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), commonly known as the Blazing Star, Marsh Blazing Star, or Dense Blazing Star, is a tall, erect, lumpy perennial native to low-lying wetlands, grasslands, and marsh edges. It has terminal ends (6 to 12" long) of stalkless, round, downy, dark purple buds (up to 3/4" wide each) that appear on stiff, upright, leafy pedicels.

More Purple/Indigo Flowers

Ageratum (silk flowers)

Ageratum

Annuals
Ageratum, a long-popular bedding plant, is becoming increasingly popular as a cut flower due to its pom-pom-shaped flower heads and large, dark green foliage.

Browallia

Annuals/Perennials
Browallia earns its common names sapphire flower and amethyst flower for its bright, star-shaped blue flowers that stand out like jewels against the bright green leaves of the plant. The oval, pale green leaves are up to 3-inches long. It produces bright blue, purple, or white flowers and thrives in shaded or partially shaded locations.

Bugleweed

Perennials
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as Bugleweed, are perennial, broad-leaved, evergreen to semi-evergreen herbaceous groundcover of the mint family (Lamiaceae). The genus includes around 40 species of plants. Spikes of small bluish-purple flowers appear in mid to late spring, protruding up to 10-inches above the foliage.

Bugloss

The magnificent bugloss (Echium vulgare) is indeed an insect magnet with its imposing size of about 40 inches (one meter). Its blue blossoms attract countless butterflies, beetles, bumblebees, and bees. Also known as Blueweed, Bugloss is a species of plant in the Boraginaceae (borage) family.

Caspia

Annuals/Perennials
Caspia (Limonium sinuatum) is a perennial or annual herbaceous plant that originates from Central Asia and the Mediterranean meadows. Its flowers have white petals and calyces that come in shades of purple, yellow, pink, white, or lavender, the latter being known to hold their color very well.

Chives

Perennials
Chives are a small perennial plant from the Amaryllidaceae family and are related to the onion. Chives are cultivated as ornamental plants because of their attractive flowers and as a herb because of their flavorful leaves. The genus Allium has over 300 species.

Columbine

Perennials
Columbine, also known as Aquilegia and Grandmother's Cape, is a genus of around 60 to 70 species of grassland perennial plants native to temperate climates in North America, Europe, and Asia. Columbine is a common garden flower in many colors, including purple, pink, white, red, and yellow.

Comfrey

Perennials
Symphytum officinale, commonly known as comfrey, boneset, or knitbone, is a large, bulbous, thick, tufted perennial (up to 3' tall and 2.5' wide). The tubular, flower-like snowdrops, white to purple to pink, appear in pendulous clusters from mid-spring to early summer.

Globe Thistle

Perennials
Globe Thistle is among the prickly jokes of life. They thrive nearly everywhere and carry a dreadful sting when they come in contact with the skin. However, they are excitingly shaped and available in deep purples and blues that are beautiful additions to the garden.

Glory-of-the-Snow

Chionodoxa forbesii is commonly referred to as the Glory-of-the-Snow because it flowers early enough that its flowers often protrude directly from the snow. The small, upturned flowers are pale blue with a whitish center, making them nearly translucent or glassy.

Hardy Geranium

Perennials
Perennial Geraniums make beautiful garden plants as they come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes. There are more than 300 varieties and species of perennial Geranium, so you can easily find one that's ideal for you. The flowers come in various colors, including white, blue, purple, and pink, and have 5 petals that are sometimes beautifully patterned or veined in contrasting colors.

Hollowroot

Perennials
The hollowroot plant enchants with delicate carpets of leaves, on which fragrant blooms in white and deep purple-pink open. The plant belongs to the Fumarioideae (fumitory) family. Hollowroot opens its slightly fragrant white to purple or dark pink blooms from March to April.

Honesty

Biennials
Honesty is a large, hairy biennial plant native to western Asia and southeastern Europe. Honesty's purple flower clusters make their spring debut and add color as soon as the spring bulbs fade. Honesty is a biennial herb in the Brassicaceae (mustard) family.

Iris

The beautiful and tall iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode the rainbow, is available in several magical colors. Notwithstanding its divine origins, this late bloomer is reliable, hardy, and easy to grow. Iris flowers are brown, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, lavender, and white.

Lobelia

Annuals/Perennials
Colorful lobelias are an excellent choice for garden design around streams and ponds, anywhere the soil is constantly moist. The plant produces showy flower spikes in all shades of white, blue, red, and pink. The two upper lobes can be upright, while the three lower lobes can be extended.

Milkwort

Perennials
Milkwort (Polygala vulgaris) might not have the most endearing name. Still, it's one of the stars of the early-fall summer show in Europe. The flowers are usually dark blue to light blue, but they can also be pink, purple, and white. The flowers have small petals surrounded by a pair of flat-top sepals that look like petals.

Misty Blue Limonium

As a member of the family Plumbaginaceae, Limonium has more than 120 species of flowering plants. The two main groups of this genus comprise hybrids of Limonium latifolium and Limonium sinuatum. Misty Blue Limonium is a variety of Latifolium with blue flowers. Its hairy, branched stems usually reach 12 to 18 inches tall and are topped with racemes of small, papery florets.

Monte Cassino

Annuals/Perennials
Loved by butterflies, gardening enthusiasts, and florists, this remarkable flower Monte Cassino spotlights delicate clear white clouds of dainty daisies with a yellow center that hovers over neatly trimmed small green leaves that form a sturdy, bushy clump. The florets on the central disc are generally yellow, surrounded by thong-shaped ligulate florets in white, purple, blue, or pink shades.

Polemonium

Perennials
Jacob's ladder (Polemonium caeruleum) is a perennial species of the Polemoniaceae family. It is native to the temperate regions of Asia and Europe, where it grows mainly in meadows, grasslands, and damp forests. They are available in yellow, blue, white, or pink, depending on the variety.

What’s your favorite purple flower from the above list?

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