Exploring the Top 50 Most Exquisite Purple Flowers in the World

Purple Flowers

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 essential 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.

This page has compiled 50+ of the planet’s most beautiful purple flowers. So let’s not make the introduction any longer. Welcome to the beautiful world of purple flowers!

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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 a small purple five-petaled flowering plant.

  • Aside from its aesthetic value, Verbena has long been used in folk plant medicine, usually herbal tea. The Verbena has a galactagogue effect (can trigger and promote lactation in women) and even act as a sex steroid.
  • New hybrid species of Verbena can already thrive even in the hottest 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

Flower Type: 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 flower is found 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 flower, also called 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

Flower Type: 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 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 in 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 are seen almost anywhere in the northwest United States and Northern Alaska. It is the state flower of South Dakota.

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Pasque flower

Flower Type: 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 the harbinger of spring, as the time of its blossoming can signal whether spring will be early or late.

  • The Lilac is a large-sized shrub that can grow up to 6 to 7 meters high. It has light green oval leaves arranged oppositely to the sides of the plant. It also has Lilac to mauve colored (sometimes white) flowers arranged in panicles.
  • Aside from its beautiful 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 different types of trees and other plants.

  • The members of the genus Clematis are composed of climbing vines that have beautiful purple blossoms and 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

Flower Type: 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 flower 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 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 perennial flowering plant related to catnips (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, is drought-resistant and grows well during hot weather.

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Catmint

Flower Type: 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. The Dwarf Iris is distinguishable by the crests in its sepals (leaf-like structure below the petals).

  • Relative to common irises that grow from 15 to 38 inches high, Dwarf Irises are just 6 inches tall.
  • This plant’s small purple spring flowers are 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

Flower Type: 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 in spike inflorescence.
  • These lavender-colored flowers are very popular in herbal medicine as they are commercially packaged as herbal tea and essential oil 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

Flower Type: 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 makes 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 the dry climate and can tolerate light shades.
  • Interestingly, this plant has foliage that turns to clear gold during the winter.

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Blue Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Flower Type: 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 the Caribbean, 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 tall purple flowers grow well on grasslands.

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Eustoma grandiflorum

Flower Type: 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. It is also called the Agapanthus 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

Flower Type: 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 climbs with thin stems and cordate leaves. Its bell-shaped flowers come in 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

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

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Bittersweet

Flower Type: 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 peas belong. Wild indigos are typically seen along the Pacific coasts of the USA.

  • These types of purple wildflowers, which can reach 1 to 2 meters high, are characterized by their bright purple flowers positioned in spike inflorescence.
  • The plant is used as a dye, resulting in an indigo color, hence the plant’s name.
  • 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

Flower Type: 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 northern hemisphere. This plant, which has distinct purple flowers, derived its name from the appearance of its sepals which somehow look like monks’ cowls.

  • 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, ingestion 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 stands 12 to 36 inches tall and is straightforward to distinguish because its daisy-like flowers resemble pompoms.

  • The China Aster comes 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 an evergreen plant that grows from early spring to late autumn.

  • Interestingly, the color of the Hydrangea flower can indicate 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 characterized by a yellow-eyed head and purple to burgundy red outer petals.
  • These purple flowers with yellow centers can grow from 48 centimeters to 1.2 meters tall.
  • During the 1800s, Cosmos plants were first introduced to Mexico.
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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 en route from Brazil to England.
  • The Cattleya orchid is also called the Corsage orchid because, in the old times, women used it 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 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

Flower Type: 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) are bright red, whereas its petals are purple. Because of its colorful appearance, insects and hummingbirds are easily attracted.

  • Fuchsia plants are highly sensitive to hot temperatures, 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 the digitalis, which is considered poisonous but is viewed as a potential cure for heart ailments.
  • This plant is endemic to Europe’s western and southwestern parts.

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Foxglove

Flower Type: 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 least purple flower is the Liatris or the Blazing Star. Known as 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 survive a relatively dry climate, it can also tolerate moderate cold temperatures. Interestingly, its foliage can turn into light gold during winter.

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Gayfeather

Flower Type: 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.

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Ageratum (silk flowers)

Ageratum

Flower Type: 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.

Aromatic Aster

Flower Type: Perennials
Symphyotricum oblongifolium is a perennial plant of the Asteraceae family. The Aromatic Aster can grow to a height of 1-2 feet. Aromatic Asters are low-growing. Their stems are stiff, compact, and compact. When the plant's stems are crushed, it gives off a balsam-like fragrance.

Browallia

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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.

Little Larkspur

Flower Type: Perennials
Delphinium bicolor is a perennial plant of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The stems of the Little Larkspur have a height of 4-24 inches. The Little Larkspur plants can absorb toxic substances, like herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants.

Lobelia

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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

Flower Type: 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.

Turpentine Broom

Flower Type: Shrubs
Turpentine Broom is a shrub of the family Rutaceae. This species is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico deserts.

Purple flowers are a captivating addition to any garden, offering a rich hue that symbolizes royalty, mystery, and elegance. Growing these flowers requires attention to their needs, such as well-drained soil, full sun to partial shade, and the right growing zones. Moist soil conditions are often preferred, allowing for lush and vibrant growth.

Lavender is the most well-known among the many varieties of purple flowers, with its soothing fragrance and delicate blossoms. Verbena and Bellflower are other popular choices, each with unique characteristics that make them stand out. The whimsical balloon flower, the climbing Clematis, and the delicate Dwarf Iris are also cherished for their distinctive appearances.

Catmint and Salvia are known for their aromatic qualities, while Allium and Monkshood add a touch of the exotic to any garden. Alpine Betony and Lily of the Nile are perfect for those looking for something unusual. Anemone, Bee Orchid, and Bittersweet Nightshade provide a wild and natural look, while Wild Indigo and Bell heather offer a rustic charm.

Blue-Eyed Grass and Wild Hyacinth are perfect for those looking for a softer shade of purple, while China Aster and Canterbury Bells provide a more vibrant color. Dianthu Dianthus llus and Cattleya Orchid is known for their luxurious appearance, and Sea Thistle and Purple Calla lily add a touch of the extraordinary.

Cosmos and Common comfrey are known for their medicinal properties, while butterflies and bees belove Coneflower and Candytuft. Cyclamen and Crocus are early bloomers, providing color in the cooler months, while Columbine and Dendrobium Orchid is known for their intricate shapes.

Fuchsia, Foxgloves, and Gladiolus are quite popular among gardeners who love to cut flowers due to their striking appearance. Waxflower Perennial Geranium and Heliotrope are choices for borders and containers as they bloom throughout the season. Honesty, Liatris, Lilac, and lupin complete the list with their characteristics that make them additions to any garden.

To summarize, purple flowers offer a range of options for garden enthusiasts. From the shades of lilac to the hues of violet, there’s a purple flower suitable for every preference and garden condition. By ensuring they have drained soil, ample sunlight, and proper moisture levels according to their requirements, you can enjoy the beauty and diversity of these remarkable plants all season long.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes sweet peas a favorite among purple flowers?

Sweet peas earn a special spot among purple flowers. Gardeners love them for their royal and proud look. The deep shade of purple brings peace to the mind. They give off a lovely scent, making them top picks for cut flowers.

Many people use these beautiful blossoms in farewell bouquets because they stand for goodbyes and departures.

How do I care for a lily of the Nile bush?

Caring for a Lily of the Nile bush is a rewarding task for gardeners. Here are some steps to keep it healthy and vibrant:

  • Select an area with full sun or partial shade. The lily of the Nile prefers both sunny and partly shaded locations.
  • Ensure your soil drains well. This kind of plant does not like wet feet, which can lead to root rot.
  • Water your bush often, but don’t make the soil too soggy. Regular watering is key for this plant’s survival.
  • Add some fertilizer to help it bloom. Feeding your plant will make it produce more flowers.
  • Give it time to reach its best bloom time. Usually, the lily of the Nile will show its full beauty after two or three years.
  • Look at how well your plant handles different types of weather and soil conditions. It might surprise you! It can live in drought areas and still grow in sandy loam soil.

Can you name some types of purple annual flowers?

There are many types of purple annual flowers that you can grow. Here are a few to consider:

  • Floristan Violet: This flower adds a deep shade of purple to your garden. It blooms all summer long, and the vibrant colors attract butterflies.
  • Kobold: Known for its stunning purple flowers, Kobold is easy to care for. It grows in clusters, which brighten up any rock garden.
  • Blue False Indigo: This plant adds color to your garden with blue and purple flowers. Its pea-like flowers bloom at the end of spring.
  • Baptisia Australis: These are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring. They add a beautiful range of white to purple colors to your space.
  • Purple Astilbe: These perennial plants make great cut flowers. They offer tall, fluffy, plum-colored blooms in various shades of purple.
  • Pincushion Flower: Small but striking, these honey-scented flowers range from lavender-blue to deep purple.

What makes the balloon flower a distinct type of purple flower?

The balloon flower stands out among purple blooms. It gets its name from unique, balloon-like buds. These buds burst open to show star-shaped flowers. They have a deep shade of purple that can bring color to your garden.

This is seen in the Purple Passion variant of the balloon flower. There are other types, too, with colors like blue, pink, and white. But it’s not just about looks; these plants are also great for your garden as they bloom all summer!

What are the characteristics of a butterfly bush?

Butterfly bushes are loved for their large, bright flowers. They come in many colors, like purple, pink, white, and more. The leaves of these bushes feel hairy if you touch them. Each bush forms lots of clusters filled with beautiful blooms.

A special kind of this plant is the Buddleia davidii, which has really big flowers that smell good. These plants attract a lot of butterflies due to their colorful look. Their blooms often feature an orange guide for nectar and release a strong scent, which is quite nice to smell! Most types of blossoms start showing early in the season on last year’s wood, so they should be trimmed after blooming.

These plants don’t just add color to your garden but also symbolize beauty. It reminds us that there’s beauty all around us and within us!

Why are passion flowers popular among purple flowers?

People love passion flowers for many reasons. Their color, purple, is often linked with royal strength. These deep shades of purple flowers bloom in fields and along fence lines. They have a neat look because their parts grow in an odd way that’s not like other flowers.

People also link them to strong faith and love for Christ. This makes the Passion flower stand out among other vibrant purple flowers.

Can you discuss more about the purple flower known as “purple flash“?

The purple flower called “Purple Flash” is a type of pepper plant. It does not grow like other plants. Its leaves are almost black with some dark purple on them. Sometimes, you may see white too.

This mix of colors makes it stand out in a garden or landscape and gives visual interest to the place where it grows.

This plant loves sun and heat, so it does best in spots with lots of light during the day. A good example is Texas landscapes, which are both sunny and hot! Even though we call it a flower, Purple Flash belongs to an annual ornamental pepper group.

The deep shade of this plant’s leaves against small flowers can add contrasting color to your garden, making everything look more vibrant! Because such deep-colored plants make great cut flowers, you can also use Purple Flash for indoor decorations as well as outside gardens.

What perennial purple bushes are suitable for planting?

Here are some perennial purple bushes to plant in your garden:

  • Start with Clematis. This vine acts like a shrub. It showers your garden with multiple shades of purple blooms.
  • Try Anise Hyssop, also known as Agastache foeniculum. This taller plant brings height and deep purples to your space.
  • Look at Bigleaf or mophead hydrangeas, too. These popular shrubs give you showy round flowers on a large bush.
  • Think about adding Delphinium, Salvia, and Lavender. These beautiful plants love full sun to bloom.
  • If you want variety, other plants with purple flowers can work well, too. Lavender, Lilac, Iris, Hyacinth, Wisteria, Crocus, Verbena, Petunia, Salvia, Aster, Columbine, Bellflower, sweet pea, pansy and Viola all bring a pop of color to your garden.

How can purple flowers brighten up a rock garden?

Rock gardens take on a new glow with purple flowers. Here’s how:

  • Purple blooms add color to your garden.
  • A rock garden comes alive with various shades of purple.
  • Small flowers like pansies, nestled among rocks, bloom into vibrant hues of lilac and lavender.
  • The deep shade of purple provided by sweet pea flowers adds richness to the landscape.
  • Annuals such as petunias or ageratums offer colorful clusters of flowers all summer long.
  • Butterfly bush brings height and attracts butterflies, adding life to the rock garden.
  • Lavender-blue flowers of balloon flower plants stand tall among the rocks and contrast sharply.
  • In autumn, use purple perennial plants to complement tawny hues in the fall for a new look.

What purple flowers are suitable for planting in a large flower bush?

Many types of purple flowers are perfect for planting in a large flower bush.

  • Lavender is a top choice. It has lovely purple flowers that bloom all summer long.
  • Lilac bushes add a deep shade of purple to any garden.
  • Iris plants bring a range from white to purple, making the garden colorful.
  • Hyacinth offers small, tubular flowers in various shades of purple.
  • Wisteria provides clusters of lavender-blue flowers that hang down in style.
  • Crocus brings one of the first flowers to bloom in spring with a bright purple hue.
  • Verbena’s vibrant purple flowers always grab attention.
  • Petunia showcases trumpet-shaped flowers in pink to purple tones.
  • Salvia displays deep purple blooms that attract butterflies.
  • Aster bursts out with colorful Daisy clusters – like lilac or mauve hues flowers.
  • Columbine shows off smaller cup-shaped lavender flowers, which are very unique.
  • Sweet pea vines give fragrance-filled lavender-blue pea-like papery flowers to the bush.
  • Pansy presents a broad color palette from blue to deep violet, making them exciting flowering plants.
  • Violas, like pansies, can offer colors from blue to deep shade of lavender.
  • Shrubs like fuschia, rhododendrons, chaste trees, and sage can also produce rich, dark-shaded, light-hued, violet-purple blossoms.

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

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great blog post! I love the vibrant combination of purple and green plants in a garden. It’s fascinating how these colors can add depth and visual interest to any space. The list of 22 plants is diverse and provides a wide range of options for different gardening preferences. Personally, I’m excited to try growing Purple Majesty millet and Persian shield. Thanks for sharing these suggestions; it’s inspired me to create a stunning purple and green garden of my own!

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