Red is one of the most commonly occurring flower colors in the natural world. Although red flowers are common, they certainly are not boring. Nor do they lack beauty. In fact, red flowers are so attractive and well-loved that, in most types of flowers, the color red symbolizes romantic love. So, take a look at this list of red flowers to get some romantic inspiration for your own garden or next floral arrangement.
75 Popular Types of Red Flowers
1. Blood Sage (Salvia coccinea)
An herbaceous perennial, Salvia coccinea belongs to the mint or sage plant family (Lamiaceae). It produces slightly hair, scalloped leaves in a muted green color, and racemes with slightly spread-out, deep-red-colored blossoms. The flowers are typically tube-shaped, but the shape can vary between cultivars. The flowers are fragrant and attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
The blood sage’s genetic profile seems to point to an origin in Mexico, but it grows naturally throughout the southeastern United States, Central America, and northern South America. Common names include blood sage, tropical sage, scarlet sage, and Texas sage.
2. Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens)
Another species belonging to the Salvia genus and the Lamiaceae plant family, Salvia splendens is commonly called scarlet sage. The herbaceous perennial is native to the mountains and high elevations of Brazil where the weather is warm and humid throughout the year.
Wild varieties of this plant grow to be more than 4-feet tall, but cultivars that are popularly grown in gardens are typically more compact. These plants produce spikes of bright-scarlet-colored, bell-shaped flowers.
3. Red Dahlia (Dahlia coccinea)
Native to Mexico, the Dahlia coccinea belongs to the Asteraceae plant family which is commonly known as the daisy, aster, or composite plant family. This species of dahlia is commonly called the red dahlia, although its cultivars sometimes also bloom in orange or yellow.
This plant’s tuberous roots are highly nutritious, and, historically, they were commonly eaten by the Aztec people. Today, however, red dahlias are mainly prized for the ornamental value of their bright and showy flowers.
4. Red Bush Monkeyflower (Diplacus puniceus)
Commonly called the red bush monkeyflower, mission diplacus, or San Diego monkeyflower, the Diplacus puniceus is a perennial shrub in the Phrymaceae (lopseed) plant family that produces reddish-orange flower blossoms in a shape that roughly resembles a monkey’s face. These evergreen shrubs grow to be about two-feet fall and three-feet wide and are native to the coastal hillsides of southern California and Baja California.
5. Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formerly Dicentra spectabilis)
The Lamprocapnos spectabilis (commonly referred to as a bleeding heart, Asian bleeding heart, or fallopian buds) is a flowering, shrub-like plant that is native to Japan, Korea, northern China, and Siberia. It belongs to the Fumarioideae subfamily within the larger Papaveraceae (poppy) plant family.
This plant was previously classified as a member of the Dicentra plant genus. However, the plant’s classification has officially been changed, but the plant’s previous scientific name, Dictra spectabilis is still accepted as a synonym.
The Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’ variety of bleeding hearts is noted for its candy-red, heart-shaped blossoms that hang from the shrub’s stems.
6. Common Hyacinth (Hyacinth orientalis)
Hyacinth orientalis (also called the common hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth, or garden hyacinth) are the species of hyacinth with which you are likely most familiar. A member of the Asparagaceae (asparagus) plant family, this species is native to a broad region of the Mediterranean and the Middle East and was commercially cultivated in France and the Netherlands.
It is the species of hyacinth that is commonly grown in gardens and is available to purchase today. Hyacinth flowers are beloved for their racemes of trumpet-shaped flowers that produce a strong and sweet fragrance. In addition to deep red, they blossom in various shades of purple, blue, white, yellow, and pink.
7. Anthurium (Anthurium)
About 1,000 species of flowering plants belong to the Anthurium genus within the Araceae (arum) plant family. These plants are native to the tropical Americas and are commonly called anthurium, flamingo flower, tailflower, and laceleaf. They produce heart or spade-shaped, glossy, green foliage, and the flowers consist of brightly colored spathes (a type of bract) and spadices. In their native habitat, they blossom year-round.
Two species of anthuriums produce bright-red spathes, the Anthurium andraeanum, and the Anthurium scherzerianum.
8. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
Gaillardia is a genus of about 25 species and subspecies of flowering, shrub-like plants that belong to the Asteraceae plant family and are commonly called blanket flowers. They are native to both North and South America and are rich in meaning and symbolism. The ray florets of their flower heads have a striking, color gradient that shifts from red to orange to yellow and radiates from the purplish-brown center, giving them a warm, sunset-like appearance.
9. Begonia (Begonia)
Begonia is one of two genera in the Begoniaceae plant family. More than 2,000 species of flowering perennials that are native to tropical and subtropical climates around the world make up the Begonia genus.
Different species of begonias are popularly cultivated for growing in gardens and indoors, and their appearance varies greatly. They produce attractive, showy flower blossoms in a variety of colors, including various shades of red, and their foliages range in color from deep green to deep burgundy or red and from smooth and glossy to soft and fuzzy.
10. Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Native to the United States, Lonicera sempervirens is a species of honeysuckle plant that belongs to the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family. It is commonly called the coral honeysuckle, scarlet honeysuckle, or trumpet honeysuckle.
The flowering vine produces firework-shaped clusters of skinny, red, trumpet-shaped flowers and is commonly grown in pollinator gardens to attract butterflies and hummingbirds with its sweet fragrance. Since this plant is a vine, it needs a trellis, fence, or another type of support to truly proliferate. It’s a beautiful, sweet-smelling choice for growing along a privacy fence.
11. Amaranth (Amaranthus)
The Amaranthus genus belongs to the Amaranthaceae plant family and contains flowering perennial shrubs or plants that produce a wide variety of flower types. These plants are considered a cosmopolitan genus, meaning their native range wraps around the world.
Various species of Amaranth are produced for a wide variety of uses. Some have showy, drooping clusters of flowers that are grown for ornamental purposes, while others are cultivated to produce dyes or for their culinary and nutritional benefits as they produce highly nutritious grains.
12. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)
Gerbera is a genus that includes 22 species of flowering plants that are native to the tropical areas of Africa and belong to the Asteraceae plant family. They are commonly called gerbera daisies, African daisies, or Transvaal daisies.
These plants produce large, showy flower heads that feature layers of petals in very bright colors, including red. They are primarily used as ornamental flowers. In the floral design industry, gerbera daisies are the fifth most commonly used type of cut flower in the world.
13. Hollyhock (Alcea)
More than 80 species of flowering plants commonly called hollyhocks, belong to the Alcea genus in the Malvaceae (mallow) plant family. All species of the Alcea plant genus are native to Europe and Asia. Hollyhocks bloom in a variety of colors.
They produce tall, sturdy stalks that feature racemes of large, bowl-shaped flowers with different styles of petals that vary depending on the species. They blossom in a whole rainbow of colors, including red.
14. Hibiscus (Hibscus)
Another genus of the Malvaceae plant family, the Hibiscus genus contains hundreds of species of flowering plants. Hibiscus plants are most commonly associated with the tropics, but they are actually native to a variety of tropical, subtropical, and even temperate climates worldwide.
They produce exotic-looking, trumpet-shaped flowers with fluttery petals and prominent stamens. The flowers are primarily bright crimson red but also bloom in other colors like white, pink, and yellow.
15. Tickseed (Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’)
Coreopsis is a genus of flowering plants that are commonly referred to as tickseed or calliopsis. The genus contains roughly 75 to 80 species and belongs to the Asteraceae plant family.
Although most tickseed flowers bloom in a bright, golden-yellow color, the Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’ was specially cultivated by Darrell Probst to produce satiny petals in a deep scarlet hue. These flowers attract butterflies and spread quickly via their underground, rhizomatic root systems.
16. Cockscomb (Celosia)
Native to the tropical regions of Africa, the Celosia genus contains species of plants that are prized for their ornamental purpose and for their nutritious value as leafy greens. This genus belongs to the Amaranthaceae plant family.
The genus name comes from the ancient Greek word, kḗleos, which means flame. This is in reference to the flame-like shape of the plants’ flower heads which mostly resemble flames, although some have a more flat or rounded shape. They bloom in several vibrant colors, including red, fuchsia, yellow, and orange.
17. Geranium (Pelargonium)
Pelargonium is a genus of roughly 800 species of plants that are natively distributed throughout the temperate and subtropical climates of the world.
Although plants of the Pelargonium genus are what we most strongly associate with the geraniums that we can purchase at garden stores everywhere (beloved for their bulbous clusters of brightly colored flowers), they are not true geraniums in the sense that they do not actually belong to the Geranium genus of flowering plants.
However, the plants of both genera are cousins within the same plant family, Geraniaceae. To help keep the two straight, plants of the Pelargonium genus are also commonly referred to as storksbills, while plants of the Geranium genus are called cranesbills.
18. Scarlet Beebalm (Monarda didyma)
Native to a region that spans from Maine to Ontario in eastern North America, the Monarda didyma is a species of aromatic flowering herb. It belongs to the Lamiaceae (sage or mint) plant family. It produces oddly shaped flowers with tubular petals that attract a variety of pollinators.
The fragrance of scarlet beebalm flowers is sweet and citrusy, and it is often compared to the fragrance of bergamot oranges. The plant has antiseptic properties and has been used in herbal medicine in tea and poultices to treat various infections.
19. Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
Native to parts of northern South America, Feijoa sellowiana is a flowering evergreen shrub or small tree. It belongs to Myrtaceae (myrtle) plant family. The pineapple guava gets its name for the edible, guava-like fruits it produces. These fruits are commonly used in desserts like pies or sorbets. They are also eaten raw in salads. The flower petals of the pineapple guava are also edible and have a slightly spicy and sweet flavor profile.
20. Tulips (Tulipa)
Belonging to the Liliaceae (lily) plant family, Tulipa is a genus of roughly 75 species and countless cultivars and hybrids of perennial flowering plants that grow from bulbs.
Tulips are native to a region that stretches from southern Europe into central Asia. Today, however, they have been naturalized globally thanks to their popularity in trade throughout millennia.
Some favorite red tulip varieties include the Apeldoorn tulip, red dynasty tulip, and the doll’s minuet tulip.
21. Red Aster (Aster novae-angliae ‘KICKIN Carmine Red’)
The red aster is a cultivar of the Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae) which belongs to the Astereae plant family. This plant is commonly called the New England aster, as it is native to most of the middle west and eastern parts of the United States and Canada.
While most asters are a purple, amethyst color, this cultivar has been bred to feature petals with a reddish hue. With the copious blossoms they produce from late summer into the middle of fall, KICKIN Carmine Red aster flowers attract birds and butterflies.
22. Egyptian Stars (Pentas)
Native to the tropical regions of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Madagascar, and Comoros, Pentas is a genus of about 16 species of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae plant family. They are commonly called Egyptian stars and produce clusters of flowers. With five petals each, the individual flowers are distinctly star-shaped, and, in addition to red, varieties bloom in pink, white, and purple.
23. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos astrosanguineus)
An herbaceous perennial plant, the Cosmos astrosanguineus is one of several species in the Cosmos genus and belongs to the Asteraceae plant family. This species of cosmos features blood-red flower blossoms with maroon, almost brown centers. Commonly called the chocolate cosmos, this flower emits a sweet fragrance that resembles the scent of chocolate.
24. Red Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Native to the Americas, the Hlianthus annus belongs to the Asteraceae plant family. This species is known as the common sunflower, and it naturally blossoms with large flower heads in a golden or lemony-yellow hue.
Despite its classic appearance, there are several cultivars and hybrids of the species that blossom in stunning red, maroon, crimson, and burnt-orange colors. Some of these red varieties include the Prado Red, Red Wave, Ruby Eclipse, Moulin Rouge, and Eclipse.
25. Vervain (Verbena peruviana)
A member of the Verbenaceae plant family, the Verbena peruviana is a species of vervain that produces scarlet-red clusters of flowers. The flowers are strong attractants for butterflies and hummingbirds. This species is a perennial and grows well as a blooming ground cover. Strangely enough despite the scientific name, Verbena peruviana is not native to Peru but grows naturally in southern Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.
26. Red Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)
Native to the eastern United States, the Campsis radicans is a flowering vine that belongs to the Begoniaceae plant family. The vine is woody and deciduous with bright-green foliage and clumps of distinctly trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in a cherry-red color. The vine can grow to be more than 30 feet long. Common names include trumpet creeper and trumpet vine.
27. Gloxinia (Gloxinia)
A member of the Gesneriaceae plant family, Gloxinia is a genus of just three species of herbaceous flowering plants that are native to parts of the Andes, Central America, and the West Indies. These plants are beautiful ornamentals, featuring lush rosettes of foliage atop which clusters of large, trumpet-shaped flowers blossom. The flowers can grow to be about 2 inches long and feature softly ruffled petals along their edges.
28. Red Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’)
Native to eastern and central North America, Rudbeckia hirta is an herbaceous perennial that belongs to the Asteraceae plant family. Naturally, black-eyed susans have golden-yellow petals and dark, brownish, almost-black centers. The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ cultivar, however, features velvety red petals around a nearly purple center. These lovely blossoms look cheerful in a garden and will attract butterflies for pollination.
29. Camellia (Camellia)
Camellia is a genus of flowering shrubs and small trees that belongs to the Theaceae (tea) plant family. The genus contains between 100 and 300 species, and the wide variance in estimated numbers is due to the fact that the place of several species in the genus is still up for debate.
Camellias blossom in shades of red, pink, and white and feature various flower types, including single, semi-double, and double. The double blossoms come in several forms too, such as anemone, rose, peony, and formal double.
30. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Euphorbia milii is a flowering succulent plant that belongs to the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) plant family. This plant is commonly called the crown of thorns, Christ thorn, or Christ plant. Although it was first introduced to Europe in the 1800s, it is thought that Euphorbia milii made its way to the Middle East from its native Madagascar much earlier during ancient human history. The plant’s woody stems are densely spiked, and it produces blood-red flower bracts around its blossoms. As a result, the plant is often associated with the crown of thorns placed upon Jesus Christ’s head during the crucifixion.
31. Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
Alstroemeria is a genus of almost entirely perennial flowering plants that belong to the Alstroemeriaceae plant family. They are commonly called lily of the Incas or Peruvian lily. All species of this genus are native to South America, with a large group from eastern Brazil and another large group from central Chile. The plants from Chile experience dormancy in the summer, and the plants from Brazil are dormant in the winter.
As a result of human-directed hybridization between Brazilian and Chilean species, florists have benefited from alstroemeria plants that blossom throughout the year for year-round inclusion in seasonal bouquets.
32. Maltese Cross (Silene chalcedonica)
Native to parts of central and western Asia, Silene chalcedonica is a species of ornamental flowering plant that belongs to the Caryophyllaceae plant family. It features thick, sturdy stems atop which globe-shaped clusters of tiny flowers blossom. The flowers consist of four, red, v-shaped petals that intersect at perpendicular angles, resulting in a close resemblance to the Maltese cross – hence the plant’s common name. Other common names include burning love, the flower of Bristol, Jerusalem cross, and many more.
33. Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Zantedeschia is a genus of perennial flowering plants that are native to southern Africa. Despite the plant’s common name, calla lily, these plants are not actually lilies as they belong to the Araceae (arum) plant family – not Liliaceae.
Calla lilies are leafy plants that have attractive foliage and blossoms that feature prominent spathes in a variety of colors and spadices that are usually yellow or white. ‘Majestic Red’ and ‘Red Alert’ are two of the most popular red types of calla lilies.
34. False Goat’s Beard (Astilbe)
Astilbe is a genus comprised of 18 species of flowering plants that belong to the Saxifragaceae plant family. They grow natively in parts of North America and Asia but are popularly grown in gardens for their ornamental value. Their foliage is richly green in color and sometimes fern-like, and they produce unusual flower blossoms that are feathery in texture and brightly colored. Popular red varieties include ‘Vision in Red’ and ‘Red Sentinel.’
35. Pygmy Water Lily (Nymphaea tetragona)
Native to northern Europe and North America, the Nymphaea tetragona is a perennial aquatic flowering plant in the Nymphaeaceae (water lily) plant family. These plants feature floating leaves that support many-petalled, bowl-shaped blossoms. Naturally, the dwarf water lily produces white flowers, but there are cultivars that produce bright-red blossoms that are very eye-catching bobbing on the surface of a pond.
36. Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
The Euphorbia pulcherrima is a species of plant which is much more commonly known as the popular holiday poinsettia plant. It is a shrub or small tree species belonging to the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) plant family.
Poinsettia plants are native to Mexico and Central America which means they need at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. This is why it can be challenging to keep your holiday poinsettia plants thriving for long after the New Year – especially if you live in a northern climate with exceptionally short winter days.
37. Rose (Rosa)
Red roses are a classic and enduring symbol of romantic love. Belonging to the Rosacaea plant family, the Rosa genus contains more than 300 species and tens of thousands of hybrids and cultivars, which means there are countless red-colored roses in different styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from when it comes to planting your garden or creating a bouquet. Most species are native to Asia. However, others grow natively on the continents of North America, Europe, and Africa.
38. Gladiolus (Gladiolus)
Gladiolus is a genus of flowering perennials that belong to the Iridaceae (Iris) plant family. These plants grow natively in tropical Africa and South Africa, across Asia, and in the Mediterranean.
The genus name comes from the Latin word gladius, which means sword and refers to the sword-like shape of the plant’s impressively large flower spikes, which produce several rows of showy, brightly colored, trumpet-shaped flowers. Although they are most commonly referred to by the genus name, these flowers are also sometimes called sword flowers.
39. Oleander (Nerium oleander ‘Hardy Red’)
Nerium oleander is the only species in its genus. It grows as a flowering shrub or can be trained into the form of a small tree with pruning. It has dark-green foliage and produces clusters of five-petaled flowers that can be red, white, or pink. Oleander blooms throughout the year, with most blossoms appearing during the longer days of summer.
It belongs to the Apocynaceae (dogbane) plant family and is toxic to humans and animals. Oleander, however, has an unpleasant, bitter taste, so poisoning actually occurs relatively rarely.
40. Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)
Native to the forests of Mexico at high elevations, Salvia elegans is an herbaceous perennial shrub that belongs to the Lamiaceae plant family. There are a few different varieties of this salvia species, including pineapple sage, tangerine sage, and honey melon sage, and these names refer to the slightly different fragrances of the different types. These shrubs produce racemes of bright-red flowers that attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
41. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
Native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 flowering, tropical, perennial, succulent plants that belong to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family. They have broad, waxy leaves and produce bright clusters of small, delicate, tube-shaped flowers. In their native habitats, kalanchoe plants often bloom throughout the year. They are also commonly grown as houseplants that bloom from late winter through spring.
42. Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
The Dianthus caryophyllus, commonly called the carnation or clove pink, is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the Caryophyllaceae (carnation or pink) plant family. Carnations are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, but they have been widely cultivated for thousands of years, making their exact native origin challenging to determine.
Carnations will likely be forever associated with high school dance corsages, but they do have their own unique symbolism. Unlike the red rose that always symbolizes romantic love, the symbolic meaning of red carnations varies depending on the shade of the color. Dark red represents love and affection, while lighter shades of red symbolize admiration.
43. Daylily (Hemerocallis)
More than 80,000 daylily cultivars of flowers in the Hemerocallis genus have been registered. They are all native to eastern Asia. The common name, daylily, comes from the blooming habit of many species, with blossoms opening early in the morning, being spent by night, and being replaced with new flowers by the next morning.
Daylily flowers closely resemble true lilies. However, they actually belong to the Asphodelaceae plant family and not the Liliaceae plant family.
44. Weigela (Weigela)
Native to eastern Asia, Weigela is a genus of flowering shrubs that belongs to the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family. Currently, 12 accepted species of weigela exist. However, there may be as many as 38. The shrubs produce branches stretching like long arms from a star burst. They have dark-green foliage, and when in bloom, the arms become proliferated with colorful clusters of flowers.
45. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Commonly called yarrow or common yarrow, Achillea millefolium is a species of herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae plant family. It is native to the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America.
When in bloom, they produce large masses of flat-topped flower clusters that feature delicate ray florets. They most commonly bloom in shades of white and yellow, but other varieties have pink or red flowers. ‘Red Velvet’ is one of the most popular varieties of red yarrow.
46. Avens (Geum)
Roughly 50 species of herbaceous perennial plants belong to the Geum genus of the Rosaceae plant family. They produce rosettes of ovate leaves that are evergreen in climates where temperatures do not fall below 0°F. Flowers come in single or more ruffled double forms and, in addition to red, blossom in shades of yellow, orange, pink, and white. They grow commonly across all continents (except, of course, Antarctica).
47. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)
The only genus of the Tropaeolaceae plant family, Tropaeolum, is a genus containing about 80 species of herbaceous flowering plants that are native to Central America and South America. Some of these are annuals, and some are perennials.
The common name, nasturtium, refers to the spicy, watercress-like scent of the plant’s flowers. It is Latin and translates to “nose twister”. These plants have lily-pad-shaped leaves and ornate, trumpet-shaped flowers.
48. Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)
Native to the tropical regions of the Americas, Ipomoea quamoclit is a flowering vine species belonging to the Convolvulaceae (morning glory) plant family. In addition to cypress vine, the vine has several common names, including cardinal creeper, star glory, Star of Bethlehem, cypress vine morning glory, and hummingbird vine.
The vines have very narrow and pinnate-shaped leaves and produce large, bright-red, trumpet-shaped flowers that unfold into perfect, five-pointed stars.
49. Dragon’s Blood Stonecrop (Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’)
Native to the Caucasus, Sedum spurium (commonly called Caucasian stonecrop) is a evergreen, perennial, succulent species belonging to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family. It has a creeping spreading habit, making for an attractive groundcover. The ‘Dragon’s Blood’ cultivar produces reddish-green fleshy leaf segments and ruby-red, star-shaped flowers.
50. Crepe or Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
A member of the Lythraceae plant family, Lagerstroemia is a genus comprised of about 50 species of flowering trees and shrubs that are both deciduous and evergreen in nature. Plants of the genus are native to areas around eastern Asia, India, Oceana, and northern Australia.
The trees and shrubs are popularly planted as ornamentals because their blooming season stretches throughout the warmer months. While in bloom, the trees are heavily covered in brightly colored clusters of flowers that appear in cooler shades of red and pink.
51. Orchids (Orchidaceae)
The orchid plant family (Orchidaceae) officially contains around 28,000 species of plants native to various climates and regions worldwide. Within the plant family, are 763 separate genera including popular ornamental orchids that are commonly grown as houseplants such as Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium in addition to the important culinary genus of vanilla plants, Vanilla. Among these thousands of orchids, several species, cultivars, and hybrids feature blossoms in all shades of red.
52. Columbine (Aquilegia)
Aquilegia is a genus of between 60 and 70 flowering perennial plants that belong to the Ranunculaceae plant family and are native to higher elevation areas throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
The flowers of these plants are complex, featuring several layers of petals and a row of uniquely spurred petals that make columbine flowers almost instantly recognizable. Cultivars and hybrids intended for ornamental planting feature highly ornate blossoms that often have a variety of colors on a single flower.
53. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)
Chrysanthemum is a genus of herbaceous flowering perennial plants and subshrubs that belong to the Asteraceae plant family. Most species of chrysanthemums are native to Asia, but some originated in northern Europe.
Thanks to their diversity of varieties, colors (including several attractive shades of red), bloom types, shapes, and sizes, chrysanthemums are some of the most popular flowers to grow in gardens, include in floral arrangements, and for decorating during holiday celebrations of all seasons.
A few favorite red chrysanthemum varieties include ‘Grapeberry Red,’ ‘Autumn Sunset,’ ‘Five Alarm Red,’ and ‘Cynthia Scarlet.’
54. African Daisy (Gazania)
Gazania is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Asteraceae plant family native to Southern Africa. They produce large, attractive, flat, daisy-like composite flower heads in bright shades of yellow and orange (most common), pink, and red.
All species of African daisies are native to the southern parts of Africa. They can bloom from spring through fall with a warm, sunny location and well-draining soil.
55. Azalea (Azaleastrum)
Azalea is the common name used to refer to the species of plants that belong to Azaleastrum, which is a subgenus of the Rhododendron genus that belongs to the Ericaceae (heather) plant family. More than 10,000 cultivars exist.
Azaleas are woody flowering shrubs (some deciduous and some evergreen) that produce a proliferation of fluttery, papery flowers when in bloom. They blossom in bright shades of red, pink, and white. Though beautiful, all parts of these plants are highly toxic.
56. Dianthus (Dianthus)
The Dianthus genus contains about 340 species of flowering plants in the Caryophyllaceae plant family. These flowers are primarily native to Asia and Europe. However, a few species grow naturally in northern and southern Africa, and one species is native to North America.
These plants are commonly referred to by their genus name, but common names for some specific species include pink, carnation, and sweet william. They come in both annual and perennial varieties, and flowers are commonly pink or red with five petals. However, certain ruffled species, such as the carnation, have notably more petals.
57. Red Passion Flower (Passiflora racemosa)
Passiflora racemosa is a highly ornate flowering plant species in the Passifloraceae plant family that is native to Brazil. An evergreen flowering vine, it stretches upward, clinging to the bark of trees. Their leaves have three lobes, giving them a shape that resembles a dinosaur track. These passion flowers have pinnate petals in a fiery shade of red fringed, purple-and-white corona.
58. Streps (Streptocarpus)
Streptocarpus is a genus of flowering plants from the Gesneriaceae (gesneriad) plant family that are native to the tropical regions of Africa. Commonly called steps or by the full genus name, the subgenera of species that are native to South Africa are called Cape Primroses, referring to the similarity of the plant’s foliage and flowers to true primroses. The difference in the appearance of streps between species of the different subgenera is relatively significant as some grow from a rosette of leaves or a single leaf, and others have a trailing or clump-forming growth habit.
59. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Antirrhinum is a genus of flowering plants in the Plantaginaceae (plantain) plant family. Commonly called snapdragons, they produce upright stalks of flowers resembling dragons’ heads, complete with “jaws” that move up and down when squeezed laterally.
They grow wildly and natively in rocky places in North Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Snapdragons are an excellent choice for growing in rock gardens. Cultivating them is as simple as spreading their seeds over your rocky garden in springtime, watering, and watching them grow.
60. Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
A perennial herbaceous flowering plant, the Lobelia cardinalis belongs to the Campanulaceae (bellflower) plant family and is native to a large swath of the Americas. They’re most commonly found in wet, marshy, or swampy areas, as they require lots of moisture.
Cardinal flowers grow in clumps of upright stalks from which 8-inch-long, lanceolate or ovate leaves sprout. From the tops of these spikes grow racemes of five-lobed flowers in a brilliant shade of cardinal red.
61. Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Echinacea belongs to the Asteraceae plant family, a genus of herbaceous flowering plants. Plants of this genus are commonly called coneflowers due to the cone shape created by the petals that fall back from their flowers’ fuzzy centers.
Growing wildly, they are typically purple or amethyst in color, but several cultivars have been created to bloom in various colors, including several attractive red varieties. Coneflowers grow natively in the dry prairies of eastern and central North America. They are commonly used in teas for their medicinal properties.
62. Poppy (Papaveroideae)
The subfamily Papavveroideae of the Papaveraceae (poppy) plant family contains several herbaceous flowering plants commonly referred to as poppies. Different species grow natively worldwide, and their seeds (the source of opium) have been collected and used since ancient times for their analgesic properties.
Due to their presence in Flanders Field during WWI, red poppies became a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers.
63. Vesuvius (Lychnis x Arkwrightii ‘Vesuvius’)
This plant belongs to the same genus, Lychnis, as other popular species, the Maltese cross and rose champion. The genus name comes from the ancient Greek word for lamp and is a likely reference to the plant’s brightly colored flowers.
The Vesuvius variety of Lychnis has lava-red flowers and is a hybrid with a complex parentage. It’s a cross between Lychnis chalcedonica and Lychnis x haageana (which is a cross of Lychnis coronaria v. sieboldii and Lychnis feulgens).
64. Zinnia (Zinnia)
Within the Asteraceae plant family and the Heliantheae plant tribe, you’ll find the genus Zinnia, which contains just over 20 accepted species of flowering plants. Their native range spans from the southwestern United States to South America, with most species coming from Mexico.
Their flowers are striking and vary in appearance, some featuring a single ring of ray flowers (petals) and others with several layers. The centers of the flowers go through their own blooming process as several miniature disc florets open gradually as the flowers mature.
65. Marigold (Tagetes)
Tagetes is a genus of herbaceous perennial and annual flowers that belong to the Asteraceae plant family. Like zinnias, their native range spans the southwestern United States to South America. Marigolds have a musky scent that is great for deterring deer and rabbits. This makes them a good choice for bordering vegetable gardens or other plants that you hope the local fauna will ignore.
Although marigold flowers are traditionally yellow or golden in color, certain varieties blossom in shades of deep orange, red, and maroon. Planted together in a garden or container, they create a stunning sunset effect with their warm variegated hues.
66. Peony (Paeonia)
Peonies are native to areas of western North America, Europe, and Asia. The number of species within the Paeonia genus (the only genus of the Paeoniaceae plant family) is disputed and ranges from 25 to 40.
However large or small the genus may be, peonies are some of the loveliest flowers around. Their blossoms vary in size, shape, style, and color, with several different flower forms available.
Although they blossom in many shades of pink, yellow, lavender, apricot, and white, the ‘Karl Rosenfield’, ‘Buckeye Belle,’ ‘Red Emperor’, and ‘Flame’ are some popular varieties of red-colored peonies.
67. Petunia (Petunia)
A member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) plant family, Petunia is a genus of perennial flowering plants that are native to South America. They are a highly popular garden plant. Thanks to a trailing growth habit, they are perfect for growing in hanging baskets and window boxes.
Most of the petunia varieties grown in gardens happen to be hybrids and cultivars bred for their bright colors, color combinations, and large flowers. The red petunia symbolizes passionately strong love, making the flowers, plants, or seeds of red petunias an excellent gift for your significant other, as long as you are serious about loving them.
68. Coleus (Coleus)
Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Europe, and Africa, Coleus is a genus of flowering plants that can be annual or perennial and come in many different forms, depending on the species. The genus belongs to the Lamiaceae (mint or sage) plant family.
Coleus plants are desired for their uniquely colorful and patterned foliage rather than their fairly plain, small, and frankly unimpressive flowers compared to the leaves surrounding them.
69. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Commonly called the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus is a fragrant flowering plant species belonging to the Fabaceae (legume) plant family.
Sweet peas grow natively in southern Italy, the islands of the Aegean Sea, and Sicily. They have delicate, grass-like stems and lovely flowers that are sometimes solid or variegated with colors that come in just about every color of the rainbow, including several shades of red.
Sweet peas are most notable for their pleasantly sweet fragrance that smells like a combination of rose, hyacinth, and citrusy orange blossoms.
70. Freesia (Freesia)
Another fragrant favorite, Freesia, is a genus of flowering perennial plants that belong to the Iridaceae (iris) plant family. Freesia flowers grow natively in southern Africa, but the wild species of freesia do not look much like the cultivated hybrids that are found growing in gardens and filling out bouquets of cut flowers. These are much more ornate, with large tube-shaped flowers, and they are even cultivated to produce a more pungent fragrance.
71. Lycoris (Lycoris)
Native to the southern and eastern parts of Asia, Lycoris is a genus of between 12 and 20 flowering plants that belong to the Amaryllidaceae plant family. In the United States, their common names include cluster amaryllis and hurricane lily.
In the United Kingdom, they are commonly referred to as spider lilies. The tall, slender stems support clusters of short flower stalks that produce four to eight flowers with finger-like petals in a cherry-red hue. Be careful where you plant flowers of this genus, as they are poisonous.
72. Canna Lily (Canna)
The only genus in the Cannaceae plant family, Canna is a genus of 10 species of flowering plants that are commonly called canna lilies. These perennial plants have a clumping growth habit as they spread via rhizomatic root systems.
They produce showy flowers but are not true lilies, as they belong to a different plant family. They are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.
Popular red varieties include the ‘Black Knight’, which has black foliage, and ‘The President’, which produces more traditional green foliage.
73. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Schlumbergera is a small genus of just six to nine flowering plants that belong to the Cactaceae (cactus) plant family and are native to the coastal mountains of Brazil. These plants have waxy, succulent-like leaf segments that grow in long chains of sorts. From the ends of these, the plants produce ornate tubular flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, and white.
Depending on the species, they typically flower around November or December in the Northern Hemisphere. This has led to their common names of Christmas cactus or Thanksgiving cactus.
74. Garden Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
Garden pansies are a large group of flowering plants that are all hybridized cultivars of flowering plants from the Melanium group of the Viola genus, which belongs to the Violaceae (viola) plant family. Their parent flowers are primarily native to western Asia and Europe.
Pansies are cheerful plants that self-seed with a clumping habit and produce face-like flower blossoms in many different colors and combinations of colors, including striking ruby-red and deep maroon.
75. Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum)
Lilium philadelphicum is a perennial lily that belongs to the Liliaceae plant family. Native to much of Canada and the United States, the wood lily blooms from June to August. Although it grows wild, it is considered an endangered species in several areas.
Its blossoms feature six black-speckled, ovate petals in a striking shade of orangish-red. In addition to wood lily, its common names include Philadelphia lily, western red lily, and prairie lily.
Add a Dash of Love to Your Garden with Red Flowers
No matter what climate or USDA hardiness zone you live in, there are countless plants, blooming with red flowers, that can thrive in your garden and inside your home. Pick a few of your favorite types of red flowers from the list to add some fire, warmth, and romance to your garden.
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