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50 Types of Purple Flowers (With Pictures)

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Purple flowers can be added to any garden or bouquet for additional vivacity and life. Of course, you could always add well-known purple flowers, such as hydrangeas or orchids, but there are many other purple flowers you might want to consider. Browse through the 50 purple flowers below to get some ideas.

divider 4The 50 Types of Purple Flowers

1. Allium

giant allium
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Botanical Name: Allium
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Tolerant to drought and infrequent watering

Alliums have spherical blossoms that sit on top a single stalk, almost like a lollipop. Because of the Allium’s unique look, they look beautiful in any garden. Not to mention, pollinating insects love them.


2. Alpine Betony

purple alpine betony
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Botanical Name: Stachys monieri
Other Names: Hummelo Betony
Soil: Average to well drained
Watering: Tolerant to drought and infrequent watering

Alpine Betonies look whimsical and abundant. These perennial plants have textured leaves that almost look like starbursts. Deer and rabbits tend to avoid these plants, making them a perfect choice if you are trying to protect your garden from other wildlife.


3. Anemone

purple crown anemone
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Botanical Name: Anemone nemorosa
Other Names: Wood Anemone
Soil: Rich and acidic
Watering: Moist soil

The Anemone has dark green leaves with groups of three, petite purple flowers. These plants can be found all throughout Europe, and many varieties exist for gardening purposes. They are perfect beneath trees and shrubs where they have partial or full shade.


4. Anise Hyssop

purple giant Anise Hyssop
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Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum
Other Names: Blue Giant Hyssop
Soil: Sandy and well-draining
Watering: Drought and infrequent watering tolerant

Anise Hyssops are known for their cone-shaped blooms that attract butterflies, bumblebees, and even hummingbirds. These plants can grow up to four feet tall and be covered in dozens of flowers. These perennials are also very hardy and resist damage from other animals.


5. Aster Daisy

purple aster daisy
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Botanical Name: Aster
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Drought and infrequent watering tolerant

The Aster Daisy has about 180 species. Depending on the species, these flowers can grow between eight inches and eight feet tall. Regardless of what type you select, the Aster is named after its starlike design. It has a bright yellow center that is surrounded by rings of purple petals.


6. Balloon Flower

purple Balloon Flower
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Botanical Name: Platycodon grandifloras
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained and rich
Watering: Moderate moisture

The Balloon Flower is the only species of its genus, but it is still highly popular because of its beautiful bursting appearance. In addition to looking stunning in any garden, Balloon Flowers are used for medicinal purposes and cooking ingredients in Korea.


7. Bell Flower

purple Bell Flower
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Botanical Name: Campanula
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderate moisture

The Bell Flower belongs to a genus that has over 500 species and even more subspecies. These flowers have a star or bell-like shape during the blooming season, which lasts from June and extends into October. These are a great choice if you need to cover a lot of ground with your flowers.


8. Bell Heather

purple bell heather
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Botanical Name: Erica cinerea
Other Names: Twisted Heath
Soil: Well drained, acidic
Watering: Drought tolerant but average watering otherwise

The Bell Heather is technically a shrub, but it has beautiful purple blossoms. In addition to the blossoms, the leaves are green and spiky, which makes them generally resistant to deer and other animals. These flowers also resist pests very well, making them a great low maintenance choice.


9. Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush
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Botanical Name: Buddleja davidii
Other Names: Summer Lilac, Orange Eye
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderately moist

The Butterfly Bush is a gorgeous shrub that somewhat looks like Wisteria. It has petite blossoms and a weeping silhouette. The plant even smells like honey, which is why the shrub attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects.


10.  Candytuft

purple candytuft
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Botanical Name: Iberis pruitii
Other Names: Pruit’s Candytuft
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Regular watering

Candytufts often have multiple shades, ranging from light lavender to darker purple. These flowers grow wildly and help to suppress any weed growth.


11. Canterbury Bells

purple Canterbury Bells
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Botanical Name: Campanula medium
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained but still moist
Watering: Moderately moist

Though native to southern Europe, Canterbury Bells are a favorite everywhere. They have a perfect bell-like shape with a lot of pollen, making them a great flower to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Often, Canterbury Bells are associated with gratitude, faith, and constancy.


12.  Carnation

purple Carnation
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Botanical Name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, neutral to alkaline soil
Watering: Moderately moist

The Carnation is one of the most easily recognizable flowers. Despite how popular these flowers are, they are an amazing purple flower to add to your garden. Their ruffles and shades of purple will add a lot of life and texture to any garden, no matter how lackluster it may look now.


13.  Cattleya Orchid

purple Cattleya Orchid
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Botanical Name: Cattleya
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Water only when soil is dry

The Cattleya Orchid is found in tropical regions, ranging from Costa Rica to Argentina. This flower has intricate patterns with various hues of purple. Although they are not suitable for all outdoor gardens, they are relatively easy to grow indoors.


14. China Aster

purple china aster
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Botanical Name: Callistephus chinenis
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Regular watering

China Asters are cheerful and perky. Their pompom-like top pops out in most gardens, especially because of their purple coloration. Because of how hardy these flowers are, they are ideal for just about any location.


15.  Clematis

purple Clematis
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Botanical Name: Clematis
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, neutral to alkaline soil
Watering: Weekly watering

Clematis is a type of climbing vine that can add a lot of texture and color to any garden. This versatile plant can grow on the ground, but it can also be trained to climb up fences and other vertical surfaces. The color of the flowers range from light lavender to dark violet.


16.  Coneflower

purple coneflower
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Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Other Names: Coneflower, Purple Coneflower
Soil: Well drained, rocky or clay soil
Watering: Draught tolerant

The Coneflower, more formally known as Echinacea, has been used for its medicinal properties for years. In addition to their numerous immune system boosting properties, these flowers are gorgeous. They have a bulbous, orange center with vibrant purple petals surrounding them.


17.  Cosmos Daisy

purple Cosmos daisy
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Botanical Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Other Names: Cosmos, Garden Cosmos, Mexican Aster
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Drought tolerant, moderate moisture preferred

The Cosmos is a type of Daisy with a light purple color. The light purple petals contrast from the bright yellow center. Often, Cosmos Daisies are used for ornamental purposes and can even be grown in garden containers.


18. Crocus

purple crocus in the meadow
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Botanical Name: Crocus vernus
Other Names: Spring Crocus, Giant Crocus
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderately moist

The Crocus is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Sometimes, they will even begin sprouting when the snow has not yet melted. Interestingly, their petals close during the night and stay closed during rainy days.


19.  Dendrobium Orchid

dendrobium orchid
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Botanical Name: Dendrobium
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, coarse and acidic soil
Watering: Only water whenever soil is medium to slightly dry

Orchids are some of the most diverse flowers. The Dendrobium Orchid has an almost silk-like appearance with waxy green leaves. These flowers look very romantic and often cling to trees, rocks, and other surfaces.


20.  Dwarf Iris

purple dwarf iris
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Botanical Name: Iris reticulata
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Tolerant to drought and infrequent watering

The Dwarf Iris is a small iris that can only grow to be six inches tall. Its leaves are ribbed but surrounded by floppy petals. Dwarf Irises make good border plants because they only need partial shade, but they can handle full sun too.


21.  European Periwinkle

purple European Periwinkle
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Botanical Name: Vinca
Other Names: Common Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderate to light watering

As you would expect, European Periwinkles have a beautiful purple color. Their leaves are simple, but the five petals on the bloom are very pretty to look at. These flowers spread aggressively and will cover a lot of ground.


22.  Foxglove

purple foxglove
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Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea
Other Names: Lady’s Glove
Soil: Well drained, acidic soil
Watering: Moderately moist

Foxgloves are a favorite among gardeners and non-gardeners alike because they are so interesting to look at. Their blossom is a bell-shaped flower, but the inside of the bell houses speckled patterns that are gorgeous to look at.


23.  Geranium

purple geranium
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Botanical Name: Geranium
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderately moist

No matter where you live, you can likely get ahold of some Geraniums. Every spring, garden centers around the world sell these gorgeous flowers. Geranium petals have a radial symmetry, allowing all of the petals to be identical.


24.  Gladiolus

purple Gladiolus
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Botanical Name: Gladiolus hortulanus
Other Names: Glads, Sword Lily
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderately moist

The Gladiolus belongs to the Iris family. Its leaves are shaped like swords with giant spikes that can grow to be six feet long. The blossoms come in the late summer when they look very light and silk-like.


25.  Heliotrope

Heliotrope
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Botanical Name: Heliotropium peruvianum
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderately moist

Even though Heliotropes are only native to Peru, they can grow in many environments, allowing the flowers to be found all around the world. The shrub only grows to be two feet tall. The foliage is soft and green and topped with clusters of purple, petite flowers. Note that this flower is highly toxic to most pets and humans.


26.  Hellebores

purle hellebore close up
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Botanical Name: Helleborus
Other Names: Hellebore, Winter Purple Rose, Lenten Rose
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Drought tolerant, prefers moderate moisture

Hellebores are beautiful evergreens that have an enchanting look and haunting shades of purple. Its haunting look is fitting since most of its genus includes poisonous flowering plants.


27.  Hibiscus

purple hibiscus
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Botanical Name: Hibiscus
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil
Watering: High moisture

The hibiscus is a flowering shrub found in warm and temperate climates. With trumpet-shaped blooms, the hibiscus has beautiful colors and silhouettes. Not to mention, the flower can be turned into a delicious and healthy tea.


28.  Hyacinth

purple hyacinth
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Botanical Name: Dichelostemma capitatum
Other Names: None
Soil: Most
Watering: Drought tolerant

Many people mistake them with the Crocus flower because of their cluster-like leaves. Their purple petals really stand out because of the orange stamens that contrast shockingly.


29. Hydrangea

purple hydrangea
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Botanical Name: Hydrangea
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Moderate moisture

Hydrangeas come in many colors, ranging from white to violet. The color most often relates to the soil’s pH balance. So, you will need to research what kind of soil your Hydrangea needs for it to have a purple appearance.


30. Lavender

bees on lavenders
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Botanical Name: Lavandula
Other Names: None
Soil: Dry to sandy soil with alkaline
Watering: Moderate moisture

When most people think of purple flowers, Lavender is the first thing they think of. Lavender is a great choice if you want delicate purple flowers that can grow above low foliage that also gives a wonderful aroma to the air.


31.  Lilac

lilac flower field
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Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, neutral soil
Watering: Moderate moisture

Lilac is another purple flower many people are familiar with. The Lilac flower often has different shades of lavender and deep violet. Eventually, the Lilac will grow into a more tree-like plant that is perfect for decorative pieces.


32.  Lily of the Incas

purple lily of the incas
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Botanical Name: Alstroemeria
Other Names: None
Soil: Chalky soil with rapid drainage
Watering: High moisture needed

Lily of the Incas are not true Lilies, but they look like a Lily to the untrained eye, which is where the name comes from. Because these flowers are from South America, they bloom nearly all year, but their blooms won’t be as present in colder climates.


33.  Lisianthus

purple and white lisianthus
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Botanical Name: Eustoma grandiflorum
Other Names: None
Soil: Good moisture capacity
Watering: Only 1 inch a week during blooming season

To an amateur gardener, the Lisianthus kind of looks like a dramatically purple rose. You can find these flowers in dry North America areas. They don’t need as much moisture as some other flowers.


34.  Lupine

purple lupine
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Botanical Name: Lupunis
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, acidic soil
Watering: 1 inch per week during dry season

The Lupine is a one-of-a-kind flower. It has distinct colorful flowers that form themselves almost like spikes. In some populations, this flower also makes an important food source because it comes with thick seeds that almost look like beans.


35. Morning Glory

purple morning glory
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Botanical Name: Ipooea purpurea
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: 1 inch a week

Morning Glories have a trumpet-shaped face with bright colors that often attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These flowers are very hardy and can even become invasive if not controlled properly. You might want to grow Morning Glories in a container for this very reason.


36. Nightshade

purple nightshade
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Botanical Name: Solanum dulcamara
Other Names: Bittersweet Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade, Poisonberry
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Drought tolerant, prefers moderate moisture

The Nightshade is a unique and beautiful flower with purple petals, a shooting star-like face, and bright yellow stamens. Be careful when growing Nightshades because many are either poisonous or considered invasive in North America.


37. Pansy

purple pansy
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Botanical Name: Viola wittrockiana
Other Names: Viola
Soil: Well drained
Watering: 1 inch a week

The Pansy is a popular annual plant that features multiple colors on each blossom. You can usually fill beds and containers with these plants because they’re short but have spreading foliage.


38. Peony

purple peony blossoming
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Botanical Name: Paeonia
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, acidic
Watering: 1 inch a week

Peonies often are compared to roses but lack the pesky thorns. These flowers have large petals that are highly fragrant. Some tree peonies can even grow to be five feet wide and seven feet tall. So, only plant these flowers if you have a lot of space.


39. Petunia

purple petunias
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Botanical Name: Petunia
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained
Watering: Drought tolerant, prefers moderate moisture

Petunias look beautiful in hanging baskets and filling beds. Most petunias today only grow to be 12 inches at most. Oddly enough, these gorgeous purple flowers share the same family with tomatoes and tobacco.


40. Primrose

purple primrose
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Botanical Name: Onagraceae
Other Names: None
Soil: Well drained, rich acidic soil
Watering: 1 inch a week

The Primrose is one of the few flowers that is either native or naturalized on nearly every continent. As a result, you can easily plant Primroses in your garden, no matter where you live. The Primrose stands out because of its colorful sepal that matches its petals.


41.  Rhododendron

purple Rhododendron
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Botanical Name: Rhododendron
Other Names: None
Soil: Highly acidic
Watering: 2 inches a week

Often found with Azaleas, Rhododendrons are often used for large landscaping. These flowering shrubs are often evergreen and have large clusters of colorful flowers. Expect the shrub or tree to spread quite a bit.


42. Russian Sage

russian sage
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Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia OR salvia yangii
Other Names: None
Soil: Good drainage
Watering: Draught tolerant

Russian Sage looks a lot like Lavender because of its spikes of purple and blue. Like some of the other plants on this list, Russian sage is often used in herbal remedies and dye making.


43. Sea Thistle

purple sea thistle
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Botanical Name: Cirsium japonicum
Other Names: None
Soil: Any
Watering: High moisture

Sea Thistles are spiny like other thistles, but they have a beautiful purple flower that is feathery on top. More so, they are different from other thistles because they are often cut for bouquets.


44. Summer Lilac

purple Summer Lilac
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Botanical Name: Buddleja davidii
Other Names: None
Soil: Rapid drainage, acidic to neutral
Watering: 1 inch a week

Summer Lilac is a cheerful shrub that is great for attracting pollinators. It has been popular since the 1800s, but it requires yearly pruning. Most add a wonderful honey scent to the air, which is why it does such a great job at attracting pollinators.

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45. Sweet Pea

bee in the sweet pea
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Botanical Name: Lathyrus odoratus
Other Names: None
Soil: Alkaline and loose soil
Watering: 2 inches a week

Sweet Peas often have two or more hues, which means they will show off a variety of purple tones. They also smell very sweet, which is where they get their name. These flowers need some support. So, plant them along the wall or trellis.


46. Tulip

purple tulips
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Botanical Name: Tulipa
Other Names: None
Soil: Acidic to neutral
Watering: 1 inch a week

Tulips have been the center of many gardening crazes and poems for centuries because of their beautiful look. These perennial bulbs shoot long stems and bright colors, including purple.


47. Wallflower

purple wallflower
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Botanical Name: Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
Other Names: None
Soil: Most
Watering: 1 inch a week

Wallflowers come in several varieties, but we recommend Bowles’s Mauve if you want purple flowers specifically. This Wallflower has dozens of bright clusters that stand out against most beds and borders. You can even plant them in such a way that they cascade over walls and edges.


48. Waxflower

purple waxflowers
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Botanical Name: Chamelaucium
Other Names: None
Soil: Clay or sandy loam
Watering: Draught resistant, 1 inch a week during dry.

Although lesser known than many of the other flowers on this list, Waxflowers have a unique petaled form with a waxy feel. When crushed, the leaves have a strong scent, but you won’t smell it whenever the flowers are in bloom.

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49. Wisteria

purple wisteria
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Botanical Name: Wisteria sinensis
Other Names: None
Soil: Most
Watering: 1 inch a week

Wisteria is a whimsical and beautiful plant that can grow as a vine or a tree. When you use a trellis for support, the Wisteria will vine around it and bloom beautifully. In contrast, you can plant it by itself, and the Wisteria will appear like a tree, but the blossoms will take longer to bloom.


50. Zinnia

butterly and purple zinnia
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Botanical Name: Zinnia
Other Names: None
Soil: Loose soil
Watering: 1 inch a week

In comparison to most flowers, Zinnias look a bit zany because of their bold yet feathered appearance. Most Zinnias are red and yellow, but you can find purple and pink petals too.

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