White Flowers: Types & Pictures

We’ve compiled a list of more than 45 types of white flowers, including Lily of the Valley, Hydrangeas, White Roses, Ranunculus, and more.  Learn their names, see pictures, and more.

Calla Lily

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Calla lilies are a common cut flower given around Easter, and are known for their single petal bloom. 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.

White Tulip

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A large display of spring-blooming tulips makes a stunning and welcome statement when most other plants are dormant. Tulips come in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-8.

Dahlia

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These flowers are planted in the spring after the last frost for a summer display of large, multi-petaled blooms. They come in various colors including white. Dig them up and store them after the first few frosts.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 8-10.

Petunias

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Petunias are a lovely flower that is actually related to the potato. They come in many colors and bloom profusely from early summer.  You can find them in pure white, or in white paired with bright colors. Plant petunias in beds or containers for best results.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 9-11.

White Rose

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With over 2,000 types of roses, everyone is sure to find a type that will fit perfectly into their garden. The most important thing to remember about any kind of rose you plant is that it requires lots of sun. Learn more about white roses.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-11.

Heliotrope

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These bushy white flowers are typically found in blue or purple, occasionally you will find a special one with white blooms. These blooms are extremely fragrant and are said to smell like candy.

Scabiosa

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Sometimes called pin cushions, these plants produce lacy blue or white flowers on small stems. Plant a lot of them for the best effect.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-7.

Wisteria

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Wisteria is not for someone who wants an easy garden. These exotic, long vines require a strong support and may become invasive if not pruned regularly. Their violet, white or pink clusters of blooms bloom unpredictably and are easily killed by cold.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 5-8.

Lily

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Lilies are often found growing along ditches and in fields, a testament to their low-maintenance style. Their large blooms make them very popular in spring time floral arrangements.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-8.

Dianthus Caryophyllus

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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.

Gerbera Daisy

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These big, bright flowers are often the mascot for floral arrangements. Popular due to both their size and colors, these are the perfect addition for any garden.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 9-11.

Hibiscus

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A true showstopper, the hardy hibiscus is sure to wow with its dinner plate-size blossoms. These large-scale herbaceous plants are quick to grow and fill a space, and they add a great tropical feel to any garden setting. Learn more about hibiscus care.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 5-8.

Hydrangea

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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. Learn more about types of hydrangeas.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grow in zones 4-9.

Daisy

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Unlike its cousin the gerbera daisy, this one only comes in white and is quite dainty. They grow on a leafless stem which makes them the main attraction.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Daffodil

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These spring blooming bulbs provide bright cheer under deciduous trees, in flower beds or naturalized in a lawn. Daffodil flowers are most commonly white, yellow, orange or multicolored.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-10.

Magnolia

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Loved for their large blooms and strong fragrance, these are a hit in any garden. The flower actually grows on a tree, and can be very messy, although still beautiful, when they start to die.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-9.

Jasmine

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Known for its use in perfumes, jasmine is a lovely addition to the garden. It grows on a vine, which makes it perfect next to a fence.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 7-10.

Lily of the Valley

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Small white blooms which resemble bells and have a sweet scent. These plants are very low maintenance and great in any type of garden.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 2-9.

Camellia

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If you’re lucky enough to live in a temperate region, though, make a place for these in your yard. The fragrant flowers, which range from red to pink to white are 2 to 5 inches wide and bloom in the winter.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 7-9.

Anemone

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Also known as windflower, these tuberous flowers produce poppy-like blooms in early-to-mid spring. Plant anemones in full sun or part shade.

  • Plant in partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Vinca

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Also known as periwinkle, vinca is a ground cover that produces glossy, dark green leaves and blue or white flowers in early spring. Grow vinca anywhere you need a fast-growing ground cover.

  • Plant in full sun/partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-9.

Trumpet Flower

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This large, climbing vine produces fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant it in full sun in slightly dry conditions.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-10.

Amaryllis

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Known for the trumpet shaped bloom, these flowers have large blossoms that come in both red and white. These look great grown next to tulips and other bright flowers.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 9-11.

Delphinium

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These majestic plants are a bit finicky, but earn their keep in beautiful spikes of blooms. They prefer cool summers  and moist conditions. Stake tall delphiniums to keep them from toppling.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-7.

Yucca Flowers

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A yucca in bloom is a showstopper. It produces  spikes of large, bird-attracting white flowers in summer and fall. They have very stiff, sharply pointed leaves. Be careful to sit them away from paths or other places people could be scratched by their sharp leaves.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-11.

Moonflower

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Unlike its relative the morning glory, the moon flower closes up during daylight and opens in the evenings. 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.

Hyacinth

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Hyacinths are spring-blooming bulbs that produce spikes of flowers suitable for cuttings. Their sweet scent is also welcome in an indoor arrangement.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 4-8.

Clematis

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This flowering vine produces extravagant flowers all season long. To ensure a long bloom, make sure you keep the roots cool by covering the ground with mulch or smaller plants.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Peony

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Old-fashioned peonies thrive in cold climates and don’t tolerate warm winters, although some new varieties are warm-region adapted. They take several years to become established and may require staking, but their beautiful, lush blooms are worth the wait.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Alstroemeria

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Commonly used by florists because of their large blooms and ability to be dyed, these are also a great addition to any garden. They are easy to grow and bloom all season long.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 8-10.

Foxgloves

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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.

Columbine

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Although these flowers are short lived, when they do bloom they are a stunning addition to any garden as they come in call colors of the rainbow.This flower is perfect if you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grow in zones 3-8.

Lilac

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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.

Dendrobium Orchid

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These are perfect for window boxes as they have a very shallow root system. Mix with taller flowers for a lovely look. Learn more about types of orchids and orchid care.

  • Plant in full sun, but not direct sunlight.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zone 11.

Lupine

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Tall spikes of flower clusters look spectacular at the back of a flower bed or lined up against your home. Most varieties prefer cool, moist conditions.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Dogwood

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Dogwoods are not a plant, but a tree. It’s a perfect backdrop for any garden. The dogwood’s large white flowers bloom for 2-4 weeks in spring, and in the fall the foliage turns a deep red.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 5-9.

Tuberose

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This plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and has beautiful white blossoms. The thing that is really special about this plant is that the blossoms only bloom at night. It is recommended that you plant it near a window so you can always enjoy its strong scent.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 7-10.

Chrysanthemum

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Also known as mums, they are generally grown as annuals in cold climates. These plants may produce dime-size pom poms to huge, daisy-like blooms.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Hellebore

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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.

Corn Marigold

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Marigolds have a distinct, peppery smell that some people find displeasing. The good news is that insect pests may also avoid the scent.  Also known as a Corn Daisy.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 9-11.

Yarrow

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Yarrow produce clusters of yellow, white, salmon, pink or red flowers atop long stems. Their airy, grayish green foliage is attractive, as well.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-9.

Cosmos

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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

Candytuft

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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.

Begonia

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A flowering bush which has large double blooms and comes in many colors. These do best in climates with little wind.

  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 6-11.

Primrose

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Primrose come in a rainbow of hues and may stand 3 inches high to over 2 feet high, depending on the variety. All primroses prefer partial shade, moist soil, and cool conditions.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 3-11.

Ranunculus

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These blooms are loaded with petals. Ranunculus come in many colors and are perfect in a bouquet because they are able to survive as cut flowers for a week or two.

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Needs well-drained soil.
  • Grows in zones 8-11.

Waterlily

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If you have a small pond, or even a pool of water (that you don’t swim in), these are a perfect choice for expanding your garden. They come in a variety of colors and are very hardy.

  • Plant in full sun/Partial Shade.
  • Needs water/no soil.
  • Grows in zones 1-11

Take a look at other flower types on our Types of Flowers post.