Nature’s Alphabet: 50 Flowers The Start With ‘T’

Innumerable hybrids and cultivars of flowering plants have sprung from hundreds of thousands of species. Their flowers blossom worldwide, lending diversity to Earth’s landscapes and spurring the interest and admiration of various anthophiles, including gardeners, green thumbs, florists, and botanists alike. It can be challenging to sift through the scientific taxonomies, field guides, and textbooks to discover all of your favorites, and that’s why we’re taking a fresh approach by exploring flowers alphabetically. Keep reading to learn more about 50 beautiful flowers that start with the letter T along with their pictures, descriptions, fun facts, native ranges, symbolic meanings in the language of flowers, and more.

Flowers That Start With The Letter T

50 Beautiful Flowers That Start With the Letter T:

1. Tamarisk

Pink Tamarisk flowers in bloom

A member of the Tamaricaceae (tamarisk) plant family, Tamarix is a genus containing 73 species of shrubs and trees that can be either deciduous or evergreen. They have greenish-grey bark and produce scale-like leaves overlapping similarly to juniper trees. The flowers are feathery and range from deep pink to white. 

Interestingly, scale insects feed on tamarisk trees and produce a sweet byproduct known as honeydew. This honeydew is referred to as manna in certain regions, and it has been posited that tamarisk honeydew is the biblical manna that fed the Israelites after they fled from Egypt. Tamarisk symbolizes crime in the language of flowers.

Scientific Name:Tamarix spp.
Native Range:Arid regions of Africa and Eurasia
Flowering Season:Spring to fall (depending on the species)

2. Tansy

Yellow flowers of the Tansy plant

Tanacetum vulgare (commonly called common tansy, golden buttons, bitter buttons, or cow bitter) is a perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, composite, and sunflower) plant family. 

In addition, they have slender, reddish stems that grow to between 20 and 60 inches tall. They produce slender, pinnately lobed leaves and upright terminal clusters of golden, button-shaped flowerheads. 

In the language of flowers, tansy symbolizes resistance and, “I declare war against you.” In Catholicism’s version of the language of flowers, it represents eternal happiness.

Scientific Name:Tanacetum vulgare
Native Range:Temperate Europe and Asia
Flowering Season:July to September

3. Teasel

Teasel flowers growing in the wild with a butterfly atop the flowerhead

Dipsacus fullonum is an herbaceous biennial plant that belongs to the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family. Commonly called teasel, the erect, bushy plants produce lanceolate leaves and fuzzy, ovoid, terminal inflorescences above spiky bracts. 

I love that the flowers are deep pink, purple, or lavender and open up in sequential bands that begin at the center of the inflorescence and work their way toward either end. Teasel plants are largely naturalized around the world and are considered invasive in some areas. Teasel symbolizes misanthropy in the language of flowers.

Scientific Name:Dipsacus fullonum
Native Range:North Africa and Eurasia
Flowering Season:July to September

4. Teddy Bear Sunflower

A single bright yellow Teddy Bear Sunflower in bloom

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’ is a variety of Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower. It is a fast-growing annual that reaches a height of about three feet and produces large, five-inch-wide flowers. Impressively, the flowers are full double blossoms in a brilliant shade of golden yellow. They’re so full of toothed petals that they look like fuzzy pom-poms with the texture of a soft teddy bear.

Scientific Name:Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’
Native Range:Southwestern United States and Mexico
Flowering Season:Summer to frost

5. Texas Bluebonnet

A collection of Texas Bluebonnet flowers growing in a field

A member of the Fabaceae (pea) plant family, Lupinus texensis is a flowering annual plant. The plants form rosettes of rounded, palmated leaves and plume-shaped racemes of deep-purple or bluish-purple flowers. The flowers commonly feature bits of white or pinkish red. 

Wild mutations bloom in all white, pink, or maroon and have been hand-cultivated for commercial growing. The Texas bluebonnet (and all species of native lupine) is the state flower of Texas.

Scientific Name:Lupinus texensis
Native Range:Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and northeastern Mexico
Flowering Season:March through May

6. Texas Paintbrush

Two red Texas Paintbrush flowers in bloom

Commonly called the Texas paintbrush, entireleaf Indian paintbrush, or Texas Indian paintbrush, Castilleja indivisa is an annual wildflower belonging to the Orobanchaceae (broomrape) plant family. 

These plants grow in clumps that reach about 18 inches in height. Plus, the plants produce terminal racemes with bright-red bracts surrounding yellowish-green flowers, giving the flowers the appearance of paintbrushes dipped in red paint. Texas paintbrushes are semiparasitic. Their roots infiltrate those of neighboring plants and pilfer their nutrients.

Scientific Name:Castilleja indivisa
Native Range:United States Gulf Coast and Northeastern Mexico
Flowering Season:Year-round

7. Texas Plume

Red Texas Plume flowers

Ipomopsis rubra (commonly called Texas plume, red Texas star, red gilia, flame flower, or standing cypress) is a biennial species belonging to the Polemoniaceae (phlox) plant family. The plants grow in tall, narrow spires to about four feet in height. 

Feathery foliage covers the stems, producing terminal racemes of flowers that are most commonly crimson but can also be yellow or orange. The bright-colored blossoms attract hummingbirds and are shaped like skinny trumpets with starry faces.

Scientific Name:Ipomopsis rubra
Native Range:Southeastern and south-central United States
Flowering Season:May through September

8. Texas Sage

A cluster of purple flowering Texas Sage

A member of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort) plant family, Leucophyllum frutescens is an evergreen shrub that is commonly called Texas sage, Texas rain sage, Texas ranger, Texas silverleaf, Texas barometerbush, wild lilac, ash bush, and purple sage. 

The bushes grow to be about five feet in height with rounded, triangular leaves in a shade of silvery, bluish-green. The flowers are produced intermittently along the branches and attract butterflies. I think these flowers stand out for their almost bell-shaped appearance and in shades of purple, violet, and pink. It’s a popular ornamental in warm, arid regions due to its ability to tolerate drought.

Scientific Name:Leucophyllum frutescens
Native Range:Texas and Mexico
Flowering Season:Year-round

9. Texas Star Hibiscus

A bright red Texas Star Hibiscus in bloom against green foliage

A member of the Malvaceae (mallow) plant family, Hibiscus coccineus is a perennial herb commonly called Texas star hibiscus, scarlet rosemallow, wild red rosemallow, and crimson rosemallow. 

The plants can grow up to eight feet in height and produce scarlet, five-petaled flowers up to six inches across with prominent, fiery-red central stamens. 

They grow in wet areas such as swamps, marshes, and ditches in the southeastern United States and attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Scientific Name:Hibiscus coccineus
Native Range:Florida
Flowering Season:May through September

10. Thistle

A fussy purple Thistle flowers with globes of spiky green foliage

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Cirsium is a genus containing 378 species of perennial and biennial plants commonly called thistles or plume thistles. 

As their achenes have feathered hairs, this genus differs from other genera of thistles (Onopordum, Silybum, and Carduus), which have singular hairs that are not branched. 

The plants produce twisted, spiny-looking leaves and terminal flowers that resemble pineapples topped with pincushion-like flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink, purple, or red, depending on the species. 

In the language of flowers, the common thistle represents austerity, conscience, critique, and independence.

Scientific Name:Cirsium spp.
Native Range:Primarily Eurasia and North Africa but also the Americas
Flowering Season:Year-round, depending on the climate

11. Thunbergia

A cluster of orange Thunbergia flowers in bloom

A member of the Acanthaceae plant family, Thunbergia alata is an herbaceous perennial vine that is commonly called thunbergia or black-eyed Susan vine. The vine can grow up to 16 feet long and produces large, heart-shaped leaves in a vibrant shade of green. 

Interestingly, the flowers have five slightly wavy heart-shaped petals in a warm shade of orange, tangerine, or yellow-orange. Each flower has a circular black center, making the flowers closely resemble black-eyed Susans (rudbeckia).

Scientific Name:Thunbergia alata
Native Range:Africa
Flowering Season:Midsummer to frost

12. Tiarella

Pink Tiarella flowers in bloom

Tiarella cordifolia (commonly called tiarella or heart-leaved foamflower) is a perennial herb belonging to the Saxifragaceae plant family. The plants produce heart-shaped basal leaves and 20-inch stems. What’s more, the stems have terminal flower clusters that, with lots of sepals, stamens, and creamy white petals, have a foamy appearance. These plants tolerate heat well and prefer the shade, making them a good choice for a partially obscured southern garden.

Scientific Name:Tiarella cordifolia
Native Range:Maryland to Georgia
Flowering Season:April and May

13. Tick Trefoil

Tick Trefoil showcasing small pink to white flower heads against a backdrop of tall green grasses

A member of the Fabaceae plant family, the Desmodium genus contains 179 species of flowering herbs and small shrubs commonly called tick trefoil, tick clover, beggar lice, or hitchhikers. The plants have slender, erect, green stems and produce small cone-shaped racemes of pink to purple flowers in the classic sweet pea shape. Plus, the plants are also popular companion plants in agriculture because they help add nutrients to the soil. In the language of flowers, trefoil symbolizes revenge, unity, and poor but happy.

Scientific Name:Desmodium spp.
Native Range:North America, South America, Africa, Oman, Yemen, and Myanmar
Flowering Season:Early summer to early fall

14. Tickseed

A cluster of yellow and marroon Tickseed flowers in bloom

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, the Coreopsis genus contains 93 species of annual and perennial flowering herbs known commonly as tickseed. 

The plants grow in bunches and produce singular, terminal flowerheads in golden shades of yellow with similarly colored centers. The petals are toothed and slightly wavy. I love that the flowers produce flat, black seeds that resemble ticks. In the language of flowers, Coreopsis means “always cheerful. “

Scientific Name:Coreopsis spp.
Native Range:Southern Canada, the United States, Mexico, northwestern South America, and some Caribbean islands
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall

15. Tidytips

Tidytips wildflowers growing in field showcasing bright yellow centers tinged with white outer rims

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Layia platyglossa is an annual herb commonly called coastal tidytips or just tidytips. It grows to between four and 12 inches tall and produces between five and 18 flowerheads. 

The flowers feature a ring of ray florets with deeply scalloped petals in a buttery yellow shade with distinctly white tips. The ray florets surround a circle of golden disc florets.

Scientific Name:Layia platyglossa
Native Range:California and northwestern Mexico
Flowering Season:February through July

16. Tiger Flower

Two bright red Tiger Flowers in bloom against deep green grass

Commonly called tiger flower, tiger iris, Mexican shellflower, and jockey’s cap lily, Tigridia pavonia is an herbaceous perennial belonging to the Iridaceae (iris) plant family. Like other irises, the tiger flower sprouts from bulbs with slender, lance-shaped foliage. 

These intriguing flowers have three triangle-shaped petals that open wide early in the morning, forming a larger triangle-shaped blossom and closing before sunset. They bloom in vibrant shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, and red and have spotted “tiger-striped” centers. 

In the language of flowers, tiger flowers have the meaning, “for once may pride befriend me.”

Scientific Name:Tigridia pavonia
Native Range:Mexico and Central America
Flowering Season:July to September

17. Tiger Lily

The exotic orange Tiger Lily flower with long red stamens in the center

Lilium lancifolium (commonly called tiger lily) is a bulbous perennial belonging to the Liliaceae (lily) plant family. Tiger lilies are some of the most prized lilies because they produce bright orange flowers with brownish spots that look similar to tiger skin. Each lily can grow to be five feet in height, and mature plants can have more than 40 5-inch blossoms.

Scientific Name:Lilium lancifolium
Native Range:East Asia
Flowering Season:Mid to late summer

18. Tithonia

A single bright yellow Tithonia flower with large green leaves

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Tithonia rotundifolia is a perennial herb commonly called tithonia, red sunflower, or Mexican sunflower. The plants can grow to be about 13 feet tall in their native habitat and up to about six feet in cultivated gardens. The flower heads are about five inches in diameter and have vermillion or orange-red ray florets surrounding golden-yellow disc florets. Also, they attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Scientific Name:Tithonia rotundifolia
Native Range:Mexico and Central America
Flowering Season:Midsummer to frost

19. Toad Lily

Toad Lily flowers showcasing colorful purple and white speckled star-shaped flowers

Tricyrtis hirta (commonly called toad lily or Japanese toad lily) is an herbaceous perennial belonging to the Liliaceae plant family. These spindly-looking lily flowers traditionally blossom with petals primarily in shades ranging from white to delicate lilac. The flowers are mottled with dark-purple to magenta spots. Several cultivars and hybrids of this lily have been explicitly developed for ornamental purposes in the garden.

Scientific Name:Tricyrtis hirta
Native Range:Japan
Flowering Season:Late summer to early fall

20. Toadflax

Yellow Toadflax wildflowers in bloom

Linaria vulgaris (toadflax, common toadflax, butter-and-eggs, yellow toadflax, bunny hayhocks, calf’s snout, devil’s flax, doggies, and countless other colloquial names) is a flowering perennial that belongs to the Plantaginaceae (plantain) plant family.

Toadflax grows in clumps with blade-like foliage and produces terminal racemes of snapdragon-like flowers in buttery and golden yellow. Historically, they have been cultivated for making yellow dye and are popular cut flowers in arrangements.

Scientific Name:Linaria vulgaris
Native Range:Eurasia
Flowering Season:Late spring to frost

21. Tobacco Plant

An array of colorful purple, white, and red flowers against green foliage on the Tobacco Plant

A member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) plant family, Nicotiana alata is a tender perennial commonly called tobacco, flowering tobacco, jasmine tobacco, winged tobacco, sweet tobacco, Persian tobacco, or tanbaku. 

The plants produce brownish-red stems and large, green leaves. Flowers are formed from long, slender tubes that open up with broad, star-shaped petals in shades of pink, red, lime green, yellow, and white. 

This species of tobacco is primarily grown as an ornamental plant, and several cultivars and hybrids have been developed with particularly striking flowers. In Iran, however, the species is used to produce a specific type of tobacco called narghila tobacco.

Scientific Name:Nicotiana alata
Native Range:Eastern Central South America
Flowering Season:Summer to frost

22. Topaz Rose

A single pink Topaz Rose flower blooms against a dark background

A member of the Rosaceae (rose) plant family, Rosa ‘Topaz’ is a hybrid species of tea and florist roses known for its vibrantly deep-pink blossoms. 

The hybrid was created by Rosen-Tantau in 2000. Topaz rose plants are perennial and grow as shrubs up to about three feet tall. 

Each flower is large at four to five inches in diameter and very full, with 26 to 40 petals folded atop each stem. In the language of flowers, deep pink roses symbolize gratitude.

Scientific Name:Rosa ‘Topaz’
Native Range:Man-made hybrid
Flowering Season:Spring through fall

23. Torch Ginger

Exotic and tropical looking red Torch Ginger flowers in bloom

Etlingera elatior (commonly called torch ginger, red ginger lily, ginger flower, wild ginger, torch lily, and other common names) is an herbaceous perennial belonging to the Zingiberaceae (ginger) plant family. 

In its native tropics, torch ginger plants grow to be between 12 and 15 feet in height with three-foot-long, banana-shaped leaves. However, they are much shorter when grown in cooler climates. 

Despite their shorter stature, their flowers remain just as impressive. The flower stalks are thick and bare. They support large cone-shaped inflorescences that contain tiny, yellow flowers that are mostly obscured by prominent, fiery-red flower bracts. These bracts and bare stalks make the blossoms resemble lit torches.

Scientific Name:Etlingera elatior
Native Range:Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia
Flowering Season:Year-round

24. Torch Lily

Bright orange Torch Lily flowers in bloom

A member of the Asphodelaceae plant family, Kniphofia uvaria is an herbaceous perennial commonly called torch lily or red-hot poker. The plants grow in clumps of strap-like foliage, reaching up to four feet in height and slightly narrower spread. Atop sturdy stalks, they produce spike-shaped racemes of tubular flowers. These flowers that start with the letter T fade from bright red-orange to yellow-green as they age, creating a two-toned, fire-like effect on each spike of flowers.

Scientific Name:Kniphofia uvaria
Native Range:Cape Provinces of South Africa
Flowering Season:Late spring to early summer

25. Touch-Me-Not

A cluster of colorful Touch-Me-Not flowers amongst deep green leaves and foliage

The Impatiens genus contains 1,113 species of plants commonly known as impatiens, touch-me-not, snapweed, patience, balsam, and jewelweed. The Impatiens genus is just one of two genera that belong to the Basaminaceae plant family, and the other genus (Hydrocera) contains just one species. 

The genus includes a wide array of diversity in terms of flower shapes, growth habits, and other features. The most recognizable plants of the genus are those grown for commercial and ornamental use. Plus, these have a spreading habit and create mats of vibrant pink, purple, red, orange, and white flowers in garden beds.

Scientific Name:Impatiens spp.
Native Range:North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia
Flowering Season:Spring to frost

26. Trailing Lantana

Clusters of tiny pink Trailing Lantana flowers bloom with deep green leaves

A member of the Verbenaceae (verbena) plant family, Lantana montevidensis (commonly called trailing lantana, creeping lantana, or weeping lantana) is a fragrant species of flowering shrub with a trailing, climbing, or spreading growth habit. 

The vine-like stems produce full leaves and rounded clusters of flowers petite flowers in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. The flowers often have gradient color effects combining shades of one, two, or three colors.

Scientific Name:Lantana montevidensis
Native Range:Eastern and Central South America
Flowering Season:Spring to frost

27. Trailing Verbena

Bright pink Trailing Verbena flowers in bloom

Another member of the Verbenaceae plant family, Verbena canadensis (commonly called trailing verbena, rose verbena, clump verbena, rose vervain, rose mock vervain, and Sweet William) is a species of creeping perennial or annual herb. 

These flowers that start with T form large, dense mats of foliage and flower clusters ranging from light rose pink to deep purple. These flowers won’t just attract butterfly pollinators but also wildlife like rabbits and deer.

Scientific Name:Verbena canadensis (aka Glandularia canadensis)
Native Range:Central and Eastern United States
Flowering Season:February through September

28. Tree Daisy

A Tree Daisy blooms with tiny white petals with yellow centers againsts a blue sky with scattered clouds

With a common name like tree daisy, Montanoa bipinnatifida is precisely what it sounds like: a member of the Asteraceae plant family that is shaped and sized just like a small tree while producing flowers that look just like daisies. 

The daisy tree is more commonly grown as a shrub, up to about 12 feet in height, with woody stems and deeply lobed hairy leaves. Plus, the flowers are fuller, chrysanthemum-like poms in a creamy shade of white that deepens to yellow at their centers.

Scientific Name:Montanoa bipinnatifida
Native Range:Mexico
Flowering Season:Fall and winter

29. Tree Mallow

A branch of Tree Mallow filled with delicate pink flowers

Malva thuringiaca is a small, herbaceous, perennial shrub that grows to about three feet in height. Commonly called tree mallow, the species belongs to the Malvaceae (mallow) plant family and produces flowers with fluttery, notched petals and white centers in a range of pink shades. What’s more, several cultivars of this species have received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, including ‘Candy Floss,’ ‘Rosea, ‘Burgundy Wine,’ and ‘Bredon Springs.’

Scientific Name:Malva thuringiaca
Native Range:Eurasia
Flowering Season:July through September

30. Tree Marigold

A single yellow Tree Marigold blooms against a backdrop of green leaves and foliage

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Tithonia diversifolia is a flowering perennial commonly called tree marigold, Mexican sunflower, or Mexican tournesol. The species grows into a shrub up to about 10 feet in height. It produces ovate leaves and all-yellow, daisy-like flowers that are about 3 to 10 inches in diameter. 

Tree marigold spreads rapidly like a weed and helps to fertilize soil by increasing levels of potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen, making it a popular companion plant for farmers.

Scientific Name:Tithonia diversifolia
Native Range:Mexico and Central America
Flowering Season:Spring, fall, and early winter

31. Tree Peony

A cluster of flowering pink Tree Peonies

A member of the Paeoniaceae (peony) plant family, Paeonia x suffruticosa is a scientific name that refers to hybrid species that belong to the Vaginatae subsection of peony plants. They grow in the form of bushes or trees, setting them apart from other types of peonies, and they are commonly called tree peonies in English and mǔdān in Chinese. 

Tree peonies have cultural and medicinal significance in China, where it was once the national flower and symbolizes wealth, aristocracy, honor, love, feminine beauty, and affection.

Scientific Name:Paeonia x suffruticosa
Native Range:Southeast China
Flowering Season:Mid to late spring

32. Tricolor Daisy

A small group of Tricolor Daisies in bloom with white and yellow peetals and dark centers

Ismelia carinata (commonly known as tricolor daisy, annual chrysanthemum, or tricolor chrysanthemum) is an annual herb belonging to the Asteraceae plant family. It grows to be about 20 to 35 inches in height. The plants have feathery foliage and daisy-like blossoms with notched ray floret petals and brownish disc florets. The petals feature three distinct rings of color—the colors commonly run from yellow to red to white, from petal base to tip. However, the combinations can include different colors and orders, such as orange.

Scientific Name:Ismelia carinata
Native Range:Morocco
Flowering Season:Early summer to early fall

33. Trillium

A collection of white Trillium flowers in bloom

A member of the Melanthiaceae (bunchflower) plant family, the Trillium genus contains 51 species of rhizomatic, perennial herbs that are commonly called trillium, toadshade, triflower, birthroot, wakerobin, and wood lily. 

Trillium plants have no true leaves that form above ground. Instead, around a leafless scape, they produce three prominent, triangle-shaped bracts in a leafy shade of green. 

Above the bracts, a flower forms in the shape of two interlocking triangles. Interestingly, the flowers have either reddish, white, or green sepals. Some species are endangered in certain parts of the world and are illegal to pick. 

In the language of flowers, trillium symbolizes modest beauty.

Scientific Name:Trillium spp.
Native Range:Temperate North America and Asia
Flowering Season:Spring

34. Trumpet Creeper

Exotic pink Trumpet Creeper in bloom against deep green leaves

A member of the Bigoniaceae (trumpet vine or bigonia) plant family, Campsis radicans is a flowering vine that climbs on and over just about everything with an aggressive growth and spreading habit, helping it quickly achieve up to 35 feet in height or length. 

Despite their aggressive growth habits that can quickly get out of control, they are popularly grown for ornamental purposes because they produce large clusters of orange-red trumpet-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds. 

Common names include trumpet creeper, trumpet vine, cow vine, hummingbird vine, hellvine, foxglove vine, cow itch vine, and devil’s shoestring.

Scientific Name:Campsis radicans
Native Range:Central and Eastern United States
Flowering Season:June through September

35. Trumpet Daffodil

An array of bright white Trumpet Daffodil flowers in bloom with vibrant yellow centers

A member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) plant family, the Narcissus genus contains 74 species of flowers that are commonly referred to as daffodil, narcissus, jonquil, and trumpet daffodil. 

The species referred to as trumpet daffodils have flower blossoms that feature large, central cups that resemble trumpets. They blossom in combinations of yellow, white, and sometimes orange. 

In the language of flowers, daffodils represent regard.

Scientific Name:Narcissus spp.
Native Range:Primarily the Mediterranean Region but also the Middle East, Japan, and eastern China
Flowering Season:Late winter through spring

36. Trumpet Honeysuckle

Pink and white Trumpet Honeysuckle attached to a building

A member of the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family, Lonicera sempervirens is an evergreen, perennial vine commonly called trumpet honeysuckle, coral honeysuckle, or woodbine. 

The vines grow to be about 20 feet in length and produce oval leaves and clusters of pendulous, scarlet, trumpet-shaped flowers with prominent golden stamens peeking out their ends. 

Red berries follow the flowers. Trumpet honeysuckle attracts butterflies and hummingbirds in addition to various other bird species.

Scientific Name:Lonicera sempervirens
Native Range:Eastern and Southern United States
Flowering Season:March through June

37. Tuberous Begonia

A collection of bright pink Tuberous Begonia flowers in bloom

A member of the Begoniaceae (begonia) plant family, Begonia x tuberhybrida is the scientific name for a hybrid variety of begonia commonly referred to as tuberous begonias. 

The formula for tuberous begonias comes from a three-species cross between Begonia boliviensis, Begonia pearcei, and Begonia veitchii

Plus, this group of begonias produces large, full flowers with waxy petals in shades of white, yellow, apricot, pink, rose, and red.

Scientific Name:Begonia x tuberhybrida
Native Range:Man-made hybrid
Flowering Season:Summer

38. Tuberose

Tuberose in bloom showcasing milky-white, trumpet-shaped flowers

Agave amica (commonly called tuberose) is an herbaceous perennial that belongs to the Asparagaceae (asparagus) plant family. 

These lovely flowers that start with the letter T grow from tuberous root systems. They are best known for the sweet, floral, and honey-like scent produced by clusters of their milky-white, trumpet-shaped flowers. Thanks to their pleasant fragrance, they are commonly cultivated for use in perfumes. 

In the language of flowers, they symbolize dangerous pleasures, sentiment, voluptuousness, and “I have seen a lovely girl.”

Scientific Name:Agave amica (formerly Polianthes tuberosa)
Native Range:Central and Southern Mexico
Flowering Season:Late summer to fall

39. Tuberose Geranium

Tuberose Geranium in bloom showcasing deeply veined flowers in an almost-purple shade of rosy pink

A member of the Geraniaceae plant family, Geranium tuberosum is commonly called tuberous geranium or tuberous-rooted cranesbill. 

The plants grow from tuberous root systems and have significantly lobed (nearly pinnate) foliage. I love that they produce loose clusters of deeply veined flowers in an almost-purple shade of rosy pink that attracts butterflies and bees.

Scientific Name:Geranium tuberosum
Native Range:The Mediterranean Region, western Caucasus, and western Asia
Flowering Season:April to June

40. Tufted Pansy

Tufted Pansy showcasing an abundance of pale-violet flowers with five strappy, spurred petals.

A member of the Violaceae (pansy and violet) plant family, Viola cornuta is a species of evergreen perennial pansy or violet that is commonly called tufted pansy, horned pansy, or the horned or tufted violet. 

They grow in clumps that form low to the ground and produce an abundance of pale-violet flowers with five strappy, spurred petals. In the language of flowers, pansies represent thoughts.

Scientific Name:Viola cornuta
Native Range:France and Spain
Flowering Season:Spring and summer

41. Tulip

A field of red tulips grows in Holland with windmills in the background and a setting sun

A member of the Liliaceae plant family, the Tulipa genus contains 94 species and thousands of hybrids and cultivars of world-famous, spring-blooming plants called tulips

The most common colors of their cup-shaped blossoms are pink, red, orange, yellow, and white, but various hybrids and cultivars have been developed that account for most of the rainbow and various color combinations and patterns.

Thanks to their popularity, they are grown in just about every corner of the world and have a significant place in most cultures, as well.

Scientific Name:Tulipa spp.
Native Range:Northern Africa and Eurasia
Flowering Season:Spring

42. Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree showcasing tulip-shaped flowers with yellow to orange petals and bright yellow stamens.

A member of the Magnoliaceae (magnolia) plant family, Liriodendron tulipifera is a flowering deciduous tree. It’s one of the tallest growing hardwood trees in the eastern United States, with record specimens reaching nearly 200 feet and average height specimens achieving about 150 to 170 feet. 

Their leaves are shaped like stars. Commonly called tulip trees, they produce tulip-shaped flowers with yellow to orange petals and bright yellow stamens. In the language of flowers, the tulip tree represents fame.

Scientific Name:Liriodendron tulipifera
Native Range:Ontario and the eastern United States
Flowering Season:April through June

43. Tundra Aster

Tundra Aster with starry flowerheads that consist of yellow disc florets and purple, pale violet, or white ray florets.

A member of the Asteraceae plant family, Eurybia sibirica is a perennial herb commonly called the tundra aster, arctic aster, or Siberian aster. 

The plants grow up to about two feet in height, produce short lance-shaped foliage, and two to 50 starry flowerheads that consist of yellow disc florets and purple, pale violet, or white ray florets. Tundra asters most commonly grow in cold climates within high-altitude boreal forests.

Scientific Name:Eurybia sibirica
Native Range:Northern Eurasia and northwestern North America
Flowering Season:June through August

44. Turk’s Cap

Turk's Cap showcasing heart-shaped leaves and crimson flowers

Malvaviscus arboreus is a perennial shrub belonging to the Malvaceae plant family. It is commonly called Turk’s cap, Turk’s turban, sleeping hibiscus, wax mallow, Mexican apple, manzanita, or bleeding hearts. 

The shrubs typically grow to about 10 feet in height but can reach 30 feet in favorable conditions. They produce large, heart-shaped leaves and crimson flowers. Their petals are whorled tightly into a bud or cup shape and feature a prominent protrusion of stamens.

Scientific Name:Malvaviscus arboreus
Native Range:Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, and northwestern South America
Flowering Season:June through November

45. Turk’s Cap Lily

Turk's Cap Lily blossoms featuring turned-back petals in a brilliant orange that fades from a deep amber at the tips to tangerine at the base

Lilium superbum (commonly called Turk’s cap lily, turban lily, American tiger lily, swamp lily, or lily royal) is an herbaceous perennial. 

They grow up to three feet in height on sturdy stalks and produce fountains of ovate foliage. The blossoms feature turned-back petals in a brilliant orange that fades from a deep amber at the tips to tangerine at the base. 

At the flower’s center is a green star and a prominent burst of stamens. Both hummingbirds and a variety of insects feed on the nectar of the flowers. A member of the Liliaceae plant family, Turk’s cap lily is a true lily.

Scientific Name:Lilium superbum
Native Range:Eastern United States
Flowering Season:July through September

46. Turtlehead

Turtlehead plants producing pink clusters of flowers and lush green leaves

A member of the Plantaginaceae plant family, the Chelone genus consists of four herbaceous perennials known colloquially as turtleheads. Each species’ flower is shaped quite similarly, and it very closely resembles the shape of a turtle’s head and its pointed, snapping snout. The flowers emerge in clusters and come in various colors, including white, pink, red, and purple.

Scientific Name:Chelone spp.
Native Range:Southeastern Canada and eastern United States
Flowering Season:Late summer to fall

47. Tweedia

Tweedia with axillary clusters of sky-blue flowers

Oxypetalum coeruleum (commonly called tweedia) is an evergreen perennial belonging to the Apocynaceae (dogbane) plant family. With a twining growth habit, it can grow as a subshrub or vine with two to three-inch stems. 

The leaves vary from heart to lance-shaped, and the plants produce axillary clusters of sky-blue flowers. Each has five petals and gives way to seed pods filled with a milky sap. Cultivars of the plant have white (‘Alba’) or pink (‘Rosea’) flowers.

Scientific Name:Oxypetalum coeruleum
Native Range:Southern Brazil and Uruguay
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

48. Twinflower

Twinflower showcasing pinkish-white, pendulous, bell-shaped flowers and deep green leaves

Linnaea borealis (commonly called twinflower) is an evergreen perennial herb with a creeping growth habit belonging to the Caprifoliaceae plant family. The plants have hairy stems that can grow to three feet in length. 

They produce glossy, evergreen leaves and pairs of pleasantly fragrant, pinkish-white, pendulous, bell-shaped flowers. The plant’s genus name refers to the scientist Carolus Linnaeus, who is considered the father of modern botany. He was so fond of twinflowers that he had his portrait painted with them.

Scientific Name:Linnaea borealis
Native Range:Northern Hemisphere
Flowering Season:June through September

49. Twisted-Leaf Yucca

Twisted-Leaf Yucca with rosettes of twisted, fleshy, lance-shaped foliage and white fluffy flowers

A member of the Asparagaceae plant family, Yucca rupicola (commonly called twisted-leaf yucca, twistleaf yucca, Texas yucca, or Spanish dagger) is a perennial succulent. The yucca plants consist of rosettes of twisted, fleshy, lance-shaped foliage that grow to about two feet tall and wide. Flowering stalks can grow to be more than five feet in height and produce clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers.

Scientific Name:Yucca rupicola
Native Range:Texas and northeastern Mexico
Flowering Season:April to June

50. Two-Row Stonecrop

Two-Row Stonecrop with flowers that are a delicate shade of pink and yellow and appear in round clusters with sharply pointed petals

Phediumus spurius (commonly called two-row stonecrop or Caucasian stonecrop) is an evergreen perennial that belongs to the Crassulaceae plant family. It has a spreading growth habit and produces round, fleshy leaves. 

The flowers are a delicate shade of pink and appear in round clusters with sharply pointed petals. It is commonly grown as a low-maintenance ground cover. One cultivar, the ‘Schorbuser blut,’ has received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Scientific Name:Phedimus spurius (formerly Sedum spurium)
Native Range:Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus
Flowering Season:June to July

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