Purple Flowers: Types & Pictures

Purple Flowers: Types & Pictures
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Purple is an extremely popular flower color, with favorites including lavender and aster. We’ve compiled a list of 62 types of purple flowers.

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Verbena

Verbena is a beautiful plant that produces small purple blooms all summer long. The flowers are traditionally used in floral arrangements, this flower is also lovely when dried.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 9-11.

 

Lavender

Know for its strong, flowery scent, lavender is one of the most recognizable purple flower around. This plant will seed very quickly, so make sure you keep it cut back so it doesn’t overtake your garden. Even when dry, lavender will keep its scent, which makes it a commonly used bloom in relaxation masks and dry arrangements.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-10.



 

Clematis

This small flower grows on huge stalks up to 30 feet tall. It is very important to wait until the second year of growing to prune this flower, otherwise it can stunt future growth. For best results cover the soil these are planted in with small flowers or tree bark, to help keep the soil cool.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.

 

Bellflower

This adorable little flower with bell shaped blooms is sure to be a favorite in any garden. While it can grow in both white and purple varieties, purple is the most common. Bellflowers make a perfect ground cover plant and also do very well in window boxes.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.

 

Dwarf Iris

Tiny versions of the more well know iris, these cute purple flowers have a bright yellow center on each petal. They are great as a ground covering on in a window box.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.



 

Balloon Flower

The lilac colored bloom on the balloon flower is known the balloon shape that it forms right before blossoming. If you are looking to grow this flower, be careful when picking up your seeds as the name of the specific kind of balloon flower can be a bit deceiving. Always choose Fuji Blue or Astra Blue to ensure you get these pretty purple flowers.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.

 

Catmint

This plant is perfect if you have pet felines. Unlike its grassy cousin, catnip, this plant creates beautiful bunches of purple blooms. These flowers are perfect for cutting and the leaves can be enjoyed by your cat. What a great way to ensure that no part of this plant goes to waste!

*Plant in full sun.

*Nees well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-8.

 

Salvia

Sometimes confused with lavender from afar, this plant is similar in looks, but does not share the intoxicating scent. Unless your goal is to have fields of salvia, make sure to keep this plant trimmed back because it seeds quickly.

*Plant in Full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.

 

Allium

Allium is the perfect addition to your garden if you have a problem with cute critters trying to eat your plants or dig things up. Deers hate these tall purple blooms, and squirrels will never try to dig up the bulbs. Once it blooms it will attract one thing many gardeners love to have visit their garden, bees and butterflies.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.



 

Monkshood

This interesting flower got its name because the bloom resembles a monk’s habit. Only plant this in a garden if you don’t have children or pets around unsupervised as it is very poisonous.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Alpine Betony

These tiny blooms are perfect for ground covering or window boxes. They are very unique looking in that they have petals that grow up from the middle of the flower which resemble feathers.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.

 

Lily of the Nile

This odd looking flower can grow up to 4 feet tall. It grows little purple petals that resemble leaves. This bloom is sure to add an interesting look to any garden.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 8-11

 

Anemone

Not to be confused with the place that Nemo lives, these plants create richly colored blooms that are perfect for rock gardens or anywhere that you want a colorful plant all summer long. Although it can take a while for anemones to grow, once they do they are likely to spread.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.



 

Bee orchid

This bloom might give you a bit of a startle if you are scared of bees. The middle of this purple flower looks like it has a fuzzy little bee feeding from it. Although the bee orchid can do well outside in some areas, it is best to grow inside where its environment can be properly controlled.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 6-9.

 

Bittersweet Nightshade

A berry producing bloom which should only be grown if there are no animals or children around as the berries can be deadly if ingested. When grown carefully, the bittersweet nightshade is perfect for areas with fences because its vines will climb up the fence, eventually covering it in pretty purple flowers.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Wild Indigo

These easy to grow , spike like flowers can grow up to 4 feet tall. They are a popular choice for bouquets and drying.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-19.

 

Bell Heather

Instead of growing on stems, bell heather blooms from low-growing shrubs. These are the perfect size to line your garden or even a walkway.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 6-8.



 

Blue-Eyed Grass

This flowers name is a bit deceiving, as it’s not blue or a grass. This flower does form large clumps of purple flowers, which if left to seed on their own could eventually take over your whole yard. Make sure to prune right before winter to ensure the perfect blooms next season.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.

 

Wild Hyacinth

This is the perfect flower to grow if you have a meadow to fill. They seed on their own, attract pollinating bees and require very little care.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 10-11.

 

China Aster

Sometimes confused with a chrysanthemum, the china aster has the same bushy blooms, but are much smaller. These are perfect for a window box or as an indoor flower.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 1-10.



 

Canterbury Bells

Known for their 5 pointed bell shaped blooms, these flowers are very easy to grow. They do require patience though as it can take a year or two for them to really reach their full potential.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-10.

 

Dianthus Caryophyllus

More commonly called a carnation, this bloom is very different than the one in bouquets and given as gifts. It has only 4 small thin petals and will only grow a few inches in height.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-10.

 

Cattleya Orchid

Popular for over 100 years, this is one of the easiest orchids to grow. Like other orchids it does best indoors where its environment can be easily controlled.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zone 11.

 

Sea Thistle

Traditionally not considered the prettiest flower to grow, the sea thistle is starting to become a popular choice for its unique glove shaped blooms. This is also a great flower for attracting the 3 Bs all gardeners love: bees, butterflies and birds.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-8.



 

Calla Lily

Known for their single petal bloom, calla lilies are a common cut flower given around Easter. These can be easily grown inside or outdoors.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 8-10.

 

Cosmos

These pretty flowers are commonly planted along side houses and fences due to their tallness. If planting in the middle of the garden make sure to provide a stake for the flowers to grow in order to prevent breaking.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-10.

 

Common Comfrey

This hardy plant has a very unique bell shaped bloom with furry leaves. It is a perfect addition for anyone who wants a garden but doesn’t have a lot of time to put into it.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.

 

Coneflower

Perfect for hot areas, these purple flowers with vivid orange centers are perfect for gardens and later as a cut flower. When in the garden they are known to attract butterflies and songbirds.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.



 

Candytuft

Named for its lilac colored blooms that resemble cotton candy, these purple bunches of flowers should never be eaten. They are perfect for rock gardens or next to tall, slender plants.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 7-11.

 

Cyclamen

More recognized as a houseplant than a garden plant, these vibrant little flowers are very easy to grow. It is important to never over water as they will die quickly.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zone 5.

 

Crocus

One of the first flowers of spring, this short growing flower is loved by bees. They are great for areas that need ground coverage.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-8.

 

Columbine

These purple and white flowers put on a show all season long. From the time they first start to bloom with some simple purple petals, to later in the season when the middle white petals have sprouted and the leaves turn maroon. This flower is perfect if you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

*Plat in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grow in zones 3-8.



 

Dendrobium Orchid

These are perfect for window boxes as they have a very shallow root system. Mix with taller flowers for a lovely look.

*Plant in full sun, but not direct sunlight.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zone 11.

 

Fuchsia

This plant will attract attention like no other. Typically found in hanging baskets due to its unusual shape, the contrasting red and purple petals will add the perfect pop of color.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 9-10.

 

Foxgloves

These polka dotted bell shaped blooms grow on long stalks. If you have any heart issues, you should avoid this flower as it contains oils that can be very dangerous to those with existing problems.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-10.

 

Gladiolus

These are the perfect bloom to plant with sunflowers, as they can match them in height and beauty. Gladiolus have large flowers which can get up to 6 feet tall and come in many colors, one of the prettiest being purple.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 6-10.



 

Waxflower

One of the few flowers which grows in late winter, the waxflower is popular in bouquets and as houseplants because of its unique look and late blooming time. Waxflowers need very little care to thrive.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 9-11.

 

Perennial Geranium

Another perfect flower for window boxes or ground coverings. The perennial geranium blooms from early summer until late fall, guaranteeing your garden will have plenty of color all season long.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Heliotrope

If you enjoy having heavily scented flowers in your garden, then the heliotrope is for you. With a very strong scent, these tiny clusters of flowers are popular with both people and bees.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 10-11.

 

Honesty

Perhaps this flower gets its name because it is honestly one of the prettiest flowers to have in your garden. These small purple blooms smell great and have amazing color. They are a perfect addition for any garden or as a cut flower in an arrangement.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.



 

Liatris

These spiky flowers average  between 1 and 5 feet tall. The entire stalk will cover itself in tiny purple blooms. Although they require special attention during the first few weeks of planting, they soon become very easy to take care of.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-10.

 

Lilac

Lilac is a favorite of many people both for its scent and lovely blooms. If you want to enjoy these flowers you only have a short time as they only bloom for 2 weeks a year.

*Plant in full sun or partial sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-7.

 

Lupin

Tiny pea pod type blooms on long stems. The lupin is a favorite for bouquets.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 6-9.

 

Lisianthus

Although the blooms on a lisianthus are often confused with roses, they are actually much easier to grow. It is very important to not water this plant too much once flowers start to bloom as this can actually cause them to die early. If taken care of correctly the lisianthus can bloom late into the season.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 9-11.

 

Aster

Commonly mistaken for daisies, these plants are much more functional. Asters are great for planting near flowers that need help establishing a deep root system and perfect for attracting bees and butterflies.

*Plant in full sun or partial sun.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grow in zones 3-8.



 

Morning Glory

This is worth planting in your garden if you are an early riser. The large petals on this flower close up every evening and then reopen in the morning. They come in many colors, although purple is a favorite to many.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-10.

 

Mystic Merlin

A popular plant in England, this flower is named for the legendary magician. Its unique purple petals certainly give it a magic look.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Purple Pansy

These colorful little flowers are great for covering the ground below taller plants, but also do fantastic indoors. They must be watered regularly.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Pasque

The pasque is the official flower of South Dakota. This tiny bloom is a member of the buttercup family. They have bright yellow centers and rarely grow more than a few inches in height. These are hardy plants which do well in cool climates.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-9.



 

Petunia

Although there are many variations of petunias, the white and purple blooms tend to be the most common. This is a very dainty flower that requires special care in order for it to blossom.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 9-11.

 

Rhododendron

Rhododendrons make a perfect bloom for any yard because they will eventually grow into giant bushes, which certainly make it a centerpiece. It is important to plant wood chips at the base of this plant because they have very shallow roots, but require a lot of water.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-9.

 

Scabiosa

Known for its pincushion like appearance, this dainty little flower is perfect for window boxes or as a ground covering for larger plants with shallow roots. They are resistant to most common diseases and attract butterflies and honey bees.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-7.

 

Sea Holly

This odd looking flower will be the talk of your garden. It has 8 very long petals with a globe of smaller blooms on top. This will be the highlight of your garden when grown around more traditional flowers.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-11.



 

Wisteria

A perfect bloom to be planted close to fencing, this fragrant flower grows on fast climbing vines that is sure to give your garden a magical look. Be careful not to plant too early in the season or they will not bloom.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-8.

 

Hydrangea

These bushy purple blossoms are easy to recognize both by their look and scent. Although they are naturally purple, their color can change depending on the type and quality of soil they are planted in.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grow in zones 4-9.

 

Zinnia

A very easy to grow plant, they grow quickly and produce a lot of blooms. Zinnia flowers come in all sorts of colors and will provide the pop of color all gardens need.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grow in zones 3-10.

 

Moonflower

Unlike its relative the morning glory, the moon flower closes up during the day and opens at night. The perfect addition to any garden that is kept by a night owl.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 8-11.

 

Dianthus

The uniquely shaped wispy petals with a polka dot pattern give these flowers a tropical look that can be achieved in many areas. They must be fertilized every 5-7 weeks to ensure continued blooming.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 3-9.



 

Hellebores

The blooms from a hellebores can bring continued happiness for a long time. They are one of the longest blooming flowers, lasting up to 8 weeks with proper care. They also make fantastic dry flowers, losing only a slight amount of color, but very little shape.

*Plant in full sun or partial shade.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 4-8.

 

Sweet Pea

Most commonly used in perfumes, the sweet pea makes a darling addition to any garden. Although they can be hard to grow, once they start they become very hardy and will be stick around for a while.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 7-10.

 

Gloxinia

With a bloom that lasts two months, these tiny flowers are perfect for anyone who loves roses as they look like miniature versions. It is important to know that unlike roses, once they die, they need to be replanted as they will never bloom again.

*Plant in partial shade.

*Needs moist, well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-10.

 

Butterfly Bush

It won’t come as a surprise that if you want butterflies to visit your garden, you should plant a butterfly bush. Although this name seems pretty self explanatory, it has a hidden secret. If given the proper amount of care this bush can actually grow into a tree.

*Plant in full sun.

*Needs well-drained soil.

*Grows in zones 5-10.

 

See more flower types and pictures on our types of flowers article, or take a look at our guides featuring other flower colors.

 

 




 

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Maireum1019

Hi i want to ask u something i found this flower but there is no name of this flower would mind to tell what is the name of this flower ?

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Gail Johnson

Doing a picture perfect crossword stuck on picture of flowers on chapter 42 puzzle 488. Do you know the answer.

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Your “cyclamen” looks remarkably like an African violet (Saintpaulia). I think you made an error.

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Antonella Pisani

Thanks Joyce. The source we got it from had it labeled as a Cyclamen, so the photographer may have made an error. We’ve swapped out the picture.

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those flowers are so pretty