Orange Flowers: Types & Pictures

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Orange flowers can add a lovely touch to your garden, wedding bouquet or make a great gift for anyone who needs a bit of added cheer.  Here you’ll find details on 22 types of orange flowers, plus see great pictures and gardening tips.

Cosmos (Bright Lights)

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These single flowers adorn have rigid petals and grow 24-30 inches tall. They are fragrant and attract bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden. They are excellent at self-sowing throughout your garden once they have died off in the fall.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 2-11

Marigolds

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Marigolds, originally called “Mary’s Gold,” are among the most common annuals grown in gardens. Depending on the variety, they can grow from less than 12 inches up to 4 feet tall. They make wonderful bedding plants and edging for a garden but also thrive when grown in containers.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • All zones

Orange Wallflower

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Wallflowers are cool-season plants. A variety of color-changing wallflowers will bloom as orange and then fade to a shade of pink or deep purple. They are versatile and can be grown in gardens, along rock walls, or in containers.

  • Full sun to part sun depending on climate
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-10

Orange Tulips (Fosteriana Hybrids)

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This variety of tulip is also known as the Emperor tulip due to its large bloom size. They can be grown in masses, as border edging, or in containers. They are also frequently used as cut flowers in arrangements.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-8

Trumpet Vine

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The trumpet vine produces small trumpet-shaped flowers. It is considered invasive by some because of its quick-growing and ability to spread. Trumpet vines can grow to 20 feet.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 5-9

Poppy (Prince of Orange)

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The poppy’s papery petals almost look artificial. You can use them in flower arrangements, but they will attract birds when grown in a garden. The Prince of Orange poppies has black stamen and seed pods, which is unusual for oriental poppies.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 2-8

Penstemon (Firecracker)

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Image source: Intermountain Excursions

The firecracker penstemon grows to approximately 3 feet tall. They require full sun to ensure that they grow to their full potential but are the most shade-tolerant variety of penstemon. When grown in gardens, they attract birds but can also be grown in containers or used in cut floral arrangements.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-9

Orange Pansy

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Pansies are fragrant plants that thrive in cooler weather. If planted in late summer, they will give the pop of color to gardens as late as September. In a warmer climate, they can flower all winter. Pansies make excellent carpet cover for gardens when planted closely together in groups of 9 to 12 plants.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 2-11

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea impatiens have a tropical feel to them, hailing from New Guinea. Moths and butterflies are attracted to the nectar of these flowers. The Applause Orange Blaze variety has variegated foliage, while the Celebration Orange variety has dark green foliage.

  • Sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • All zones

Nemesia (Serengeti Sunset)

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Nemesia is an old-fashioned flower that has recently come back into the spotlight. They resemble small orchids and have a light fragrance. They can be grown in gardens or containers and are fairly low maintenance.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 9-11

Moss Rose

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Moss roses are a very tough plant that can withstand the hottest weather conditions. Their leaves are succulent-like. When planted in containers, the blooms will trail down the side for a waterfall effect. They are also great for ground cover in gardens.

  • Full sun
  • Dry soil
  • Zones 10-11

Mexican Sunflower

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Mexican sunflowers are bright and bold flowers. They can quickly grow from a seed planted into the ground and range from 1 to 8 feet tall. Some of the tall varieties will need a stake to help with stability, but it will give a dramatic look to your garden when planted in the back of a border.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Grows in all zones

Lantana

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Lantana prefers to grow in light moisture soil and hot conditions. When given too much shade, they will be susceptible to disease and will not produce as many flowers. They are low maintenance flowers and can also be grown in containers.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 2-11

Orange Iris

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Irises have 3 upright petals and 3 petals that droop. They can grow between 3 inches and 6 feet tall. Irises have a fragrance that will attract birds when planted in gardens. You can also plant Iris in containers. They are low maintenance.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-9

Orange Gerbera Daisy

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Gerbera daisies are the king of cut flowers with a vase life of up to 10 days. They are most often grown in containers as they have large flowers and foliage, which are not ideal for home gardens.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 10-11

English Rose

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English roses are full of many petals. They are fragrant, which makes them fantastic for cut arrangements and bouquets. You can train them to grow along an arbor or fence when they are growing. Want to learn about the meaning of orange roses? We have you covered.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 4-9

Orange Dahlia

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Dahlias feature spike like petals and are frequently used in floral arrangements. They bloom from mid-summer into fall for that pop of color as the growing season is coming to an end. They handle droughts well and are low maintenance.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 8-10

Orange Columbine

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These beautiful plants are absolutely eye-catching. They have a dangling bell-shaped flower with spurs behind. They are low maintenance, and because they will self-sow, they will save you some time planting.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-9

Orange Coneflower

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Coneflowers are wonderful for pollinators and people. They can be used as a cold remedy, mostly in teas. They have a pleasant fragrance and can be used in arrangements.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 3-9

Orange Chrysanthemum

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These chrysanthemums are also known as “mums.” They grow from late summer to fall and are commonly used as fall decor in containers.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Zones 5-9

Orange California Poppy

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The most common color of California Poppy is orange. They are often thought of as annuals but will reseed themselves for many years. They can also be grown in containers and are low maintenance.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained, sandy soil
  • Zones 2-11

Calendula

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Calendula is often used in ointments and lotions, but they are also edible. These orange flowers are wonderful for cut arrangements and bouquets. When planted in a garden, they will attract birds. They will reseed when grown in ideal conditions.

  • Full sun to part sun
  • Well-drained soil with moderate water
  • All zones

 

Frequently asked questions about Orange Flowers

What do orange flowers mean?

Orange flowers are vibrant and alive in their hues; they can be used to display enthusiastic sentiments of a wide variety just as orange grabs the eye no matter the object.  They also sometimes symbolize things other than enthusiasm though, such as in the case of the Tiger Lily, which can symbolize pride and wealth, but also hatred.

 

What plant has orange flowers?

 There are quite a few plants that have orange flowers, such as:

  • Nasturtiums
  • Pocketbook Plants
  • Chinese Lantern Plants
  • Bittersweet Berries

There are also a few trees that have orange blossoms, including:

  • Royal Poincianas
  • African Tulip Trees
  • Butea Monosperma (Flame of the Forest)

 

What flowers are orange?

Flowers often bloom in orange, and when so, they are also often accompanied by blooms of red and yellow hues in turn as well, some that are orange include:

  • Butterfly Weed
  • Calendula
  • California Poppy
  • Canna Lily
  • Impatiens Flower
  • Lantana
  • Lucifer Crocosmia
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Orange Lily
  • Orange Tulip
  • Pansy
  • Tiger Lily
  • Zinnia

 

What are the orange flowers in Coco?

The orange flowers in Coco are “Cempasuchil”, also known as Mexican or Aztec Marigolds.  They are also colloquially known as the “flower of the dead,”  and are associated with Día de los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead”; they are believed to help guide the spirits of the dead to the family.

 

What gourd has bright orange flowers?

The Curcubita Foetidissima is a gourd that bears bright orange and also yellow flowers when it blooms.  It is known as the “Stink Gourd” due to the odor that it produces, which is said to be quite foul, yet the flowers supposedly have a sweet and pleasant smell by themselves.  The fruit of the Stink Gourd is poisonous to eat, but it has also been used as medicine in times throughout history.

 

Sources:
https://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/color/orange-flower-garden-ideas/
https://www.gardenguides.com/95387-types-orange-flowers.html
https://www.almanac.com/plant/