50 Types of White Flowers (with Pictures)
White may be considered a neutral tone because it compliments any other color, but white flowers are striking and beautiful. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful addition to a flower bouquet, something stunning to grow in your yard, or indoor flowers that will brighten up any room and décor, following is a list of more than 50 types of white flowers for your consideration.
The 50 Types of White Flowers
The Peruvian lily makes a great long-term addition to a garden because it will keep growing back every year. Grown from bulb, alstroemerias are low maintenance but they do need to be planted in a spot with a lot of sunlight.
These drought-tolerant plants can grow to 10 inches tall but, while they will grow well in humid conditions and with minimal water, they do not do well in cold conditions. They are easy to grow, enjoy plenty of sunlight, and will flourish when provided with good amounts of water.
The windflower can be difficult to grow in some climates. They need warm weather to convince them to sprout above the ground, but they also prefer partial shade while also benefiting from moist soil.
Begonias have large and somewhat complex flowers. They are very well-known flowers that offer a double bloom and, because they do not do well with very high temperatures, they usually prefer a windy climate and a cooler spot in the yard.
Native to North America, the white bouvardia has a star-shaped flower and rubbery-looking leaves. They have thin stems, which makes them a good choice in a flower arrangement; they take up minimal vase space, but the white stars have a major visual impact.
6. Calla Lily
The calla lily needs plenty of water to thrive, so this white plant is most often found around the borders of ponds and other bodies of water. The large, unmistakable flower head is very impactful when used in a flower arrangement, too.
The camellia’s white petals contrast beautifully against the yellow center. Outdoors, they prefer moist soil and full sun or partial shade, while their white and yellow combination and fragrant smell make them popular in floral arrangements.
The candytuft gets its name from its cotton candy appearance. Their pistil looks like popcorn seeds, too. Despite the edible appearance of this plant, it is highly toxic. In your yard, the candytuft requires full sun.
The carnation is very popular in gardens across the world, as well as in bouquets. This is another flower that requires direct sunlight, and the carnation is a very thirsty plant that needs a lot of watering. Known as the flower of the gods, the carnation symbolizes purity and good luck so is a popular addition to an indoor arrangement.
If you’re looking to fill a space with large white flowers, the chrysanthemum is a good choice, as long as the soil has good drainage. The yellow center of the flower seems to glow and spread out across the petals.
The clematis is a vine, which means that you will need to manage its growth to ensure that it doesn’t take over your garden, the rest of your yard, and your neighbor’s house. It symbolizes intelligence and although it is rarely used in flower arrangements, you will see it on trellises around the world.
Columbines are tall plants that can grow up to three feet tall and are popular with a host of pollinators, including hummingbirds. They need well-drained soil and partial shade or full sun and they don’t live long.
13. Corn Marigold
They don’t quite grow as tall as columbines, but corn marigolds can grow to 2.5 feet tall and while the most common color of this flower is yellow, there are stunning white varieties also available. They need full sunlight and well-drained soil, and they are not as popular as some other white plants because they have a strong peppery smell: this same smell also deters pests, though.
Growing to over two feet tall and complete with beautiful white petals, cosmos flowers are usually grown next to fences or other vertical surfaces because the plants will actively seek out support. As well as a fence, they need full sun and soil with good drainage.
If you plant them well, daffodils are low maintenance, which is why they are found on roadsides and in public spaces. The daffodil’s unique yellow trumpet makes it easily distinguishable, and they are a symbol of rebirth as well as an indication that spring has sprung.
The dahlia has multiple petals that form in cylinders and make up a stunning white flower. They come in many sizes, appreciate being planted in full sun, and represent purity, which is a theme common to a lot of white flowers.
The daisy is the embodiment of a wildflower. It has a yellow center and long white petals. They prefer partial shade, which is why they grow so well in tree-lined meadows, and they are easy to look after. Although they do come in many colors, white is the most common and popular, and they are popular in wildflower bouquets.
White delphiniums are rare, possibly because they do require careful maintenance to ensure they thrive. Tall ones need staking to prevent them from breaking and they need planting in fall but thrive with a lot of sunshine.
19. Dendrobium Orchid
One of more than 22,000 species of orchid, the dendrobium orchid has the typical double symmetry that defines an orchid. They need good soil that drains well, and they also require 6 hours of indirect sunlight, which means that you will have to carefully pick the ideal planting location.
There are dozens of varieties of dogwood found around the world, and they range from shrub to tree size. The flowering dogwood is native to the US, considered a tree because of its size, and it does require regular watering. The dogwood flowers throughout the spring months.
Foxgloves are unusual because the tubular flowers bloom downwards and the white variety typically has purple spots on the petals. They do require full sun and you will have to wait until the end of summer to enjoy the bloom, but it is worth it. Avoid this plant if you suffer from any heart conditions.
22. Gerbera Daisy
The gerbera daisy is a species of daisy but warrants its own mention because it is such a popular addition to floral arrangements. It has big flowers that are bright white and has pink and yellow rings in the center.
Baby’s breath is an ornamental plant and is very commonly used as a filler or backdrop for beautiful floral arrangements. It represents everlasting love and this meaning, combined with its beautiful looks, makes it a popular addition to a bridal bouquet.
In Greek, helio means relating to the sun, and the heliotrope has the appearance of the sun, although less so in the rarer white color of the plant. The flower not only looks beautiful but smells it, too, so it is popularly grown in gardens and brought indoors to make a house smell good.
The Christmas rose blooms in December and January, hence its common name, and it can grow to 20 inches tall. Because this flower grows so well in winter months, it survives very well in cold climates and gives a winter garden a rare spark of beauty, although it may be hidden in the snow.
The hibiscus grows in tropical climates, so it needs to be planted in full sun and enjoys moist soil. They grow quickly so are great for filling borders and, as well as being popular in gardens and displays, they are herbaceous and are used in cooking and drink preparation.
The hosta is another plant that grows quickly and easily. It grows low to the ground so prefers a shaded area and they bloom in the middle of summer.
The white hyacinth is said to represent constancy. They grow from bulb and the petals grow from the spiked center of the plant. They can take some time to grow but will grow in early spring and produce small flowers.
If you’re buying flowers to say thank you to someone, the white hydrangea represents gratitude so is a good choice. It is also used to represent an apology. In the garden, this ball-shaped flower attracts pollinators so is considered a beneficial addition to any planting area. What’s more, they are considered hardy plants that will grow in most conditions.
Although it can have a yellow tint, white jasmine is still a beautiful plant that represents love and beauty, as well as good luck. It is the national flower of the Philippines, where it grows well. In your garden, it requires careful pruning and regular care to thrive.
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Obviously, lilac usually has a violet color, but there are white varieties of this flower. The plant needs well-drained soil and benefits from partial or full sun, but it only blooms for two weeks of the year, so you will have to keep an eye out to ensure you don’t miss it.
The lily is a low-maintenance and beautiful flower. It can often be found growing in ditches and in the wild and is popular in gardens because of its low maintenance requirements. They are popular in spring arrangements, but if you have cats, care must be taken because the lily is toxic to felines.
33. Lily of the Valley
The lily of the valley has bell-shaped white flowers and a distinctive aroma. Like the lily, this is considered highly toxic to pets, so if you have cats or dogs, it is best to avoid them in your flower bouquets. However, they are low maintenance and will grow in almost any garden condition.
Lupines grow tall and they produce a multitude of petals from a single central spike. They look effective planted up against walls or dark-colored fences, and they look equally as bold in a pot or vase in the center of the table. They need moist soil and prefer cooler temperatures.
The magnolia flower has large white petals, and the plant needs to be grown in partial shade. While most varieties grow to between 6 and 8 feet, some magnolia trees can grow to 50 feet or more. When the tree is very large and the flowers start to die, it can take a lot of work to clear up the brown mess that is produced.
The moonflower is quite unique in that this vine blossom closes during the day and opens up during the night. It also releases a pleasant, albeit somewhat delicate, aroma. If you enjoy spending the twilight hours sitting in the garden, this is a good choice, but you will need to manage its growth and spread because it is a spreading vine.
The peony is beautiful but somewhat high maintenance. It will require staking when it gets tall and it can take several years for this beautiful flower to become established in your garden. The petals are edible, and the plant is named after Paeon, who was a physician to the gods, showing its early uses as a medicinal plant.
White is one of the most traditional colors of petunia. These delicate flowers need full sun, so they do well in the middle of beds, which is problematic in some areas because they do not stand up well to the wind and need some kind of protection from gusts.
Primroses are another type of delicate flower that, nevertheless, enjoys full sun. They have a bright yellow star-shaped center with a wide variety of petal colors. They prefer gardens that offer protection from the wind.
The ranunculus has concentric petals and is a good choice of ornamental plants. They are especially popular because once picked, they will last in a vase for two weeks. They thrive in damp conditions, hence their Latin name ranunculus which means little frog.
This member of the honeysuckle family has small white pins in its center. The flower grows small and is usually planted in large numbers to get the greatest effect. It needs to be planted in full sun to ensure the best chance of growth.
42. Trumpet Flower
Datura looks like mandrake, but these trumpet-shaped flowers smell amazing and are very different plants from the mandrake. They need to be protected by shade and do require regular watering so can be considered quite a high-maintenance addition to the garden. The plant has hallucinogenic properties.
The tuberose is another plant that blooms during the night, and it has a very strong and generally pleasant aroma so it is good in planters next to your outdoor dining area. It is also often used in table centerpieces and other floral arrangements.
The periwinkle has a green stem, lots of leaves, and five white petals. It is generally used to represent everlasting love so is a popular gift for anniversaries and is also used for wedding bouquets. In the garden, it appreciates a warm climate and does well when planted in direct sunlight.
The waterlily is an ideal addition to your garden if you have a pond or water feature because it does not require soil but grows on water. It benefits from full or partial sun and doesn’t need watering. The waterlily represents peace and hope.
46. White Rose
There are, of course, many species and colors of rose, but the iceberg rose is worthy of note because, as well as having white flowers, it blooms throughout the summer and has a smell of honey that fills the garden or home.
47. White Tulip
White tulips have distinctive cup-shaped flowers and there is no doubting their beauty, but they require very specific amounts of water and should not be watered directly, which puts them on the challenging end of maintenance requirements. They represent forgiveness and gifting them to another person shows that you believe them to be worthy.
Wisteria is a climbing plant that needs full sunlight and gives off a strong, beautiful aroma. The plant needs constant attention, not only to manage the direction of its spread but also to ensure that the petals grow properly.
Yarrow is sometimes turned into a tea that is believed to help with digestive issues, although you do need to be careful because some varieties of yarrow may not be edible and could be dangerous. The plant itself, however, has small blooms and small petals. It grows quickly and spreads far, so requires some maintenance and management.
50. Yucca Flowers
The yucca is perhaps best known for its long and pointy green leaves, but it also has creamy-white flowers that hang down. It is meant to represent protection and the plant is low maintenance, although it is advised that you wear gloves when pruning because the leaves could potentially cut you.
White flowers typically represent purity and love, although different flowers do have different meanings. Whatever their meaning, white flowers can be highly impactful when planted against darker colors or displayed in a vase or bouquet, but you do need to be careful of some, like lilies and orchids, which can be toxic to cats and dogs.
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- 1 The 50 Types of White Flowers
- 1.1 1. Alstroemeria
- 1.2 2. Amaryllis
- 1.3 3. Anemone
- 1.4 4. Begonia
- 1.5 5. Bouvardia
- 1.6 6. Calla Lily
- 1.7 7. Camellia
- 1.8 8. Candytuft
- 1.9 9. Carnation
- 1.10 10. Chrysanthemum
- 1.11 11. Clematis
- 1.12 12. Columbine
- 1.13 13. Corn Marigold
- 1.14 14. Cosmos
- 1.15 15. Daffodil
- 1.16 16. Dahlia
- 1.17 17. Daisy
- 1.18 18. Delphinium
- 1.19 19. Dendrobium Orchid
- 1.20 20. Dogwood
- 1.21 21. Foxgloves
- 1.22 22. Gerbera Daisy
- 1.23 23. Gypsophila
- 1.24 24. Heliotrope
- 1.25 25. Hellebore
- 1.26 26. Hibiscus
- 1.27 27. Hosta
- 1.28 28. Hyacinth
- 1.29 29. Hydrangea
- 1.30 30. Jasmine
- 1.31 31. Lilac
- 1.32 32. Lily
- 1.33 33. Lily of the Valley
- 1.34 34. Lupine
- 1.35 35. Magnolia
- 1.36 36. Moonflower
- 1.37 37. Peony
- 1.38 38. Petunias
- 1.39 39. Primrose
- 1.40 40. Ranunculus
- 1.41 41. Scabiosa
- 1.42 42. Trumpet Flower
- 1.43 43. Tuberose
- 1.44 44. Vinca
- 1.45 45. Waterlily
- 1.46 46. White Rose
- 1.47 47. White Tulip
- 1.48 48. Wisteria
- 1.49 49. Yarrow
- 1.50 50. Yucca Flowers
- 2 Conclusion