The Blue Garden: 75 Spectacular Blue Flowers Explored

Welcome to our in-depth guide to 75 of the most popular types of blue flowers. Blue may not be the first color that springs to mind when it comes to flowers. That’s understandable, considering blue pigments are uncommon in plants. Since actual blue flowers can be rare, they are highly sought-after and make an excellent option for gifting or growing in your garden. And as it turns out, there are more varieties of blue flora than you may think.

75 Blue Flowers With Names, Pictures, and Growing Tips

Here you’ll find 75 of our favorite blue flowers that will thrive in a range of growing zones and regions around the world. We’ve included a brief care guide for each so you can find the perfect pick for your own unique growing patch. 

1. Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor)

A bright blue Morning Glory flower in bloom

Morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor or Ipomoea indica) are blue flowering plants that belong to the Convolvulaceae family. As you may have guessed, this species gets its name from its early morning blooms. 

While some morning glories are annual plants, most are perennial. You’ll also find moonflowers in this species, a unique variety of plants that bloom at night.

What’s more, morning glories grow quickly and are known for their bold colors. This flower can grow in many hues, including blues, purples, and pinks.

Native Range:Tropical Americas
Height: 2 to 5 feet+
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to early fall

2.  Blue Anemone (Anemonoides oregana)

A cluster of blue anemone flowers in bloom

The blue anemone, or Anemonoides oregana, is a member of the buttercup family. A common nickname for this blue beauty is the blue windflower. The species is native to the forests of several states in North America, including Oregon and Washington.

Typically, the blue anemone flower thrives below the elevation of 7,000 feet. When it blooms, there are no petals. Instead, the flower has several sepals that sprout alongside as many as 75 miniature stamens. The flower is usually blue or purple but can also have red, pink, white, or bi-colored blooms.

Native Range:Europe, North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

3. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

The blue hydrangea, or Hydrangea macrophylla, is a deciduous shrub native to Japan. The flower is characterized by expansive heads of blue flowers blooming in summer. `This species grows outward in all directions, creating round bursts of bright blue blooms. 

Additionally, the so-called bigleaf hydrangea blooms pink in the fall. The leaves can reach around six inches long, making the hydrangea plants a striking choice for landscaping or arranging in a bouquet.

>Native Range:Japan, China, Korea
Height:3-6 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

4. Geranium (Geranium)

A single blue geranium flower in front of deep green foliage

Geraniums are a genus of various plants primarily found in mountainous areas and around the Mediterranean. The flowers have five petals and bloom in shades of blue, purple, pink, or white.

Some members of the geranium genus make a great winter-hardy addition to a garden. Others are grown for pharmaceutical purposes. A few hybrid cultivars of Geranium have earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

>Native Range:Worldwide
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to fall

5. Clematis (Clematis)

A single blue flowering clematis plant

Clematis is a genus of around 300 species of flowers belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae.

Flowers in this genus have adopted several names over the years, from traveler’s joy to vase vine and leather flower. These names reflect the characteristics of the specific flower or the location where it is grown.

The name Clematis comes from the Ancient Greek word, which translates to climbing plant. The climbing vines or lianas of the flower give it a magical appearance. This flower grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil and is available in various colors, including brilliant blue flower tones.

For more, see our expert guides to growing Clematis Montana and Clematis Nelly Moser at home.

>Native Range:Worldwide
Height:2 to 10 feet+
Sunlight:Full sun to shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to fall

6. Felicia Daisy (Felicia amelloides)

A collection of blue Felicia Daisies growing in a field

Felicia amelloides, or the Felicia daisy belongs to the daisy family. This is a perennial, evergreen plant grown primarily for ornamental purposes. 

The Felicia daisy is native to South Africa, but people began growing it in Europe in the 18th century. The flower’s colorful heads grow from long, dark green stems that can reach around 19 inches in height. This daisy’s soft blue petals complement the yellow florets at the center of the flower.

>Native Range:South Africa
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to fall

7. Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

The nodding head of a bluebell flower in bloom

Bluebells, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta, are bulbous perennial plants. The species gets its common name from the bell-like appearance of its blooms.

Bluebells have thin stems of around 20 inches that produce a series of bell-shaped flowers. Many people travel to bluebell fields in the UK and northern Spain to see this unique flower growing wild in its natural habitat. 

In the Victorian language of flowers, bluebells symbolized humility, gratitude, and everlasting love. Today, the flower is grown primarily for ornamental purposes. However, in the past, people used the plant’s sap to bind books or glue feathers to arrows.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

8. Native Blue Lupine (Lupinus)

Native Blue Lupine (Lupinus) growing in a field

The native blue lupine, or >Lupinus, is a flowering plant genus that belongs to the Fabaceae legume family. 

Much like bluebells, Lupinus flowers can form a sea of blue when they grow wild in fields. The flowers are native to North and South America. However, they are cultivated in many countries for food and ornamental purposes. 

This plant’s blooms grow in whorls around a solitary stem, with individual flowers that are pea-like in shape. This flower’s curious form has led to the nicknames quaker bonnets and bluebonnets.

>Native Range:North America, Europe
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained, sandy soil
Flowering Season:Late spring to early summer

9. Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis scorpioides)

Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis scorpioides) are beautiful types of blue flowers

Myosotis scorpioides, or Forget-Me-Nots, are perennial flowering plants that belong to the borage family or Boraginaceae. 

This plant is native to Asia and Europe. However, it has spread to many countries like the United States and the UK. 

Forget-Me-Nots grow best in damp habitats like bogs and streams. The flowers may even form lilypad-like rafts that float along the water’s surface. 

This plant can grow to a height of around 27 inches. Its small flowers start off pink before blooming into a vibrant shade of blue.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

10. Iris (Iris sibirica)

Blue iris flowers against a soft blue sky

Iris flowers are part of the Iris genus, which also goes by the Siberian iris or Siberian flag. This species is native to many parts of Eastern Europe and cultivated in Central Asia. 

This attractive blue flower has a tall stem resembling a grass blade and typically grows two to five bright purple-blue petals. While some petals stand up, others arch downward to create an interesting visual.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Late spring to early summer

11. Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla)

A collection of blue Brunnera flowers in blue showcasing tiny flowerheads

Brunnera macrophylla, also known as the great forget-me-not or heartleaf, is a flowering plant species native to the Caucasus region that spans Europe and Asia. 

This herbaceous perennial can grow around a foot tall and features a series of small, delicate blue petals. The flowers resemble forget-me-nots in appearance, and they bloom during the months of spring. 

The Brunnera flower is often used as ground cover in areas with enough shade and moisture for the plant to thrive. Interestingly, genetic evidence indicates that this species may represent the ancient flora that grew in forests around the Black Sea.

>Native Range:Caucasus, Eastern Europe
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

12. Globe Thistle (Echinops)

Blue flowering Globe Thistle (Echinops)

The globe thistle, or Echinops, is a flowering plant genus belonging to the Asteraceae family or the daisy family. The plant is native to Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. 

Globe thistles get their name due to their spherical shape. Their blooms resemble a firework, with a series of blue or purple spines growing outward uniquely and textured. 

Some of the varieties within the species include Echinops bannaticus, Echinops exaltatus, and Echinops niveus. You’ll find these species growing anywhere from fields in Japan to wild patches along the coastline.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:3-5 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

13. Lungwort (Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’)

A cluster of blue lungwort flowers growing on the surface of a woodland

The >Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ is a cultivar of Lungworts from the genus >Pulmonaria. 

The flower is native to both Europe and western Asia. These colorful flowers have rough hairs across their leaves, which gives them a bristly texture.

Curiously, the origin of the name comes from the Latin word ‘pulmo,’ which means lung. The leaves of this plant were once thought of as a symbol of diseased lungs.

>Native Range:Europe
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade to full shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

14. Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia)

A single Himalayan Blue Poppy flower in bloom

The Himalayan blue poppy, or Meconopsis betonicifolia (also called Meconopsis baileyi), is a flowering plant species that belongs to the Papaveraceae family. 

This flower has large flowers that bloom in a shade of powder blue. This flower got its alternative scientific name, Meconopsis baileyi, in 1912. It was named for Frederick Marshan Bailey, an officer in the British army. 

The Himalayan blue poppy grows wild in fields around its native Tibet. It also grows wild in the United States, in coastal areas around California and New England.

>Native Range:Himalayas, Tibet
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

15. Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis)

Lungwort flowers in bloom against green foliage

Pulmonaria officinalis is a plant that belongs to the genus >Pulmonaria, and goes by many other names, like Mary’s tears and Our Lady’s milk drops. 

This lungwort was named for its medicinal properties. Christian doctors believed that the flower’s similar appearance to the human lung meant it could treat coughs and other illnesses affecting the chest. 

This lungwort has long, green leaves with a bumpy and hairy surface. The five petals start out red before blooming into regal blue and purple tones.

>Native Range:Europe
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade to full shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

16. Columbine (Aquilegia)

A bright blue Columbine wildflower growing in a meadow

Columbines, or Aquilegia, are native to the Northern Hemisphere. The so-called granny’s bonnet grows primarily for horticultural purposes.

Once in full bloom, this flower’s petals have been said to resemble an eagle’s claw. This is why the plant’s name is Aquilegia, derived from the Latin word ‘aquila,’ meaning eagle. 

The Colorado blue columbine is the official flower of the US state of Colorado. The flower has represented many qualities throughout history, including aspiration, peace, and strength.

>Native Range:North America, Europe, Asia
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

17. Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

A cluster of blue Flax flowers in bloom

Flax, or Linum usitatissimum, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Linaceae family. Typically, the flower blooms with five pale blue petals, though some varieties are white, yellow, or red. 

Linum usitatissimum is cultivated around the world for its many uses. Its cultivation dates back centuries, and the plant was even popular thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and beyond.

If flax sounds familiar, it may be because fiber-rich flax seeds are a food item available in supermarkets. The flower’s linseed oil is also famous for painting or varnishing wood. Additionally, flax is used to make linen for sheets and clothing.

>Native Range:Eurasia
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained, sandy soil
Flowering Season:Summer

18. Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana)

Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) are popular types of blue flowers

Amsonia tabernaemontana, or the eastern Bluestar, is a flowering plant belonging to the Apocynaceae family. The flower is native to North America and can be found in the central and eastern regions of the continent. 

Bluestar flowers were named for their shape. The plant’s blooms are small and delicate, with five petals resembling a star. Generally, this species won’t grow taller than two or three feet. 

Despite their small size, these flowers come together to create a striking visual. They form pale blue clusters that look great growing in a garden.

>Native Range:North America
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

19. Salvia (Salvia)

A cluster of blue salvia flowers growing alongside a wooded area

Salvia is a plant genus belonging to the Lamiaceae family or the sage family. The Salvia genus is found in the Americas, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia. 

This plant is named after the Latin word ‘salvere,’ which is a verb indicating good health. This is because the flower is known to have several healing properties. 

Within the species are perennial, biennial, and annual plants consisting of many blue or almost purple flowers. The common traits among these plants include angled stems and toothed or divided leaves.

>Native Range:Worldwide
Height:2 to 5 feet+
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

20. Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Blue False Indigo flowers blooming in a garden

Blue false indigo, or >Baptisia australis, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Fabaceae family, or the legume family. 

The plant is native to most parts of North America and usually grows at the edge of forested areas. Like bluebells, the blue false indigo’s stems grow like a tall blade of grass. The blooms grow vertically along the stem in a deep purple-blue tone. 

American Indian tribes like the Cherokees have used this plant throughout history to make blue dyes for textiles. They have also used the seeds to make rattles for children.

>Native Range:North America
Height:3-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Late spring to early summer

21. Harvestbells (Gentiana saponaria)

Wild blue Harvestbells in bloom

Harvestbells, or Gentiana saponaria, are also known as soapwort gentians. The flower grows to be between one and two feet tall and belongs to the Gentianaceae family

This flowering plant is native to North America. It grows around the southern Great Lakes from New York to Wisconsin and southern areas like Florida and Texas. 

Harvest bells grow best in sandy soils and bloom from September into November. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and looks great growing in the garden along with other autumnal blooms.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Late summer to early fall

22. Blue Delphiniums (Delphinium)

Tall and striking Blue Delphiniums in various shades of blue

The blue delphinium is a flowering plant that belongs to the genus Delphinium. This genus belongs to the Ranunculaceae family and has around 300 different species that are native in the mountains of tropical Africa and parts of the Northern Hemisphere. 

Many of the species in the >Delphinium genus are blue. Blue delphinium cultivars, including Centurion Sky Blue, Clifford Sky, and Galileo have all won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. 

The name delphinium comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘delphinion,’ which translates to dolphin. This is because the flower’s petals have a dolphin-like shape.

>Native Range:Northern Hemisphere
Height:2-6 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

23. Blue corydalis (Corydalis flexuosa)

A close shot of Blue corydalis with intricate flowerheads

Blue corydalis or Corydalis flexuosa is a flowering plant native to woodlands and mountainous parts of China. It is a member of the Papaveraceae along with poppies and hundreds of other species. 

Blue corydalis blooms have pale blue two-lipped flowers that cluster around white throats. The plant thrives in partial shade and grows dormant in the summer months. 

A few cultivars of blue corydalis have earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. These include the ‘Blue Panda’ and ‘Purple Leaf’ cultivars.

>Native Range:Asia, Europe
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

24. Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

A field of blue coneflowers dancing in a meadow

Cornflower, or Centaurea cyanus, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Native to Europe, the plant was once considered a weed growing in cornfields, which is where it got its name. 

Interestingly, the plant is now considered endangered in its native environment due to the overuse of herbicides. However, it has been naturalized in other parts of the world. This plant is used for everything from food to anti-inflammatory medicines. 

The blue cornflower was once a national icon representing Germany. It also appears in folklore as a symbol for young men in love.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

25. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

A cluster of bright blue Grape Hyacinth in bloom

The grape hyacinth, or Muscari, is a spring-blooming flower that belongs to the Asparagaceae family. This hyacinth look-alike is native to Europe and gets its scientific name from the Greek word muschos, meaning musk. 

The reference to grapes comes from the way this flower’s blooms form along its stems. The blue-purple petals grow in a series of small heads that cluster together, resembling a bunch of grapes.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

26. Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

A single bright blue flowering sweet pea against green leaves

Sweet pea, or Lathyrus odoratus, is a fragrant flowering plant that belongs to the Fabaceae family or the legume family.

This climbing plant is native to the Italian island of Sicily and the Aegean Islands. Its leaflets are attached to a tendril that wraps around nearby plants, buildings, or walls. 

This plant can grow in a pastel blue-purple color. The species is well known in floristry, and over 50 cultivars have earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

>Native Range:Mediterranean region
Height:4-6 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to summer

27. Blue Larkspur (Consolida)

A cluster of tall Blue Larkspur flowers in a field

Consolida is a plant genus in the Ranunculaceae family that is commonly known as larkspur within seed catalogs. This genus is native to areas of Western Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean.

Despite its classification, studies have shown that the larkspur is closely related to the Delphinium genus. However, while delphinium flowers have four different petals, the consolida flower has just one. 

The blue larkspur has deep blue, vertical blooms that are common in gardens. It is also popular as a cut flower arranged in bouquets.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, North America
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Late spring to early summer

28. Blue cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

A selection of delicate blue cosmos flowers in bloom against a blurred background

The blue cosmos is a member of the species >Cosmos bipinnatus, which belongs to the daisy family. It is native to the Americas and is sometimes called the Mexican aster

This flower is a common addition to gardens, as it is attractive to both humans and pollinators. The blue cosmos adds a unique focal point to gardens, inviting honey bees, monarch butterflies, and pollinating birds. 

Like other cosmos, the blue cosmos may symbolize innocence, harmony, or peace. The flower creates a sense of tranquility, similar to its relative, the daisy.

>Native Range:Mexico
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

29. Chicory Flower, Blue Dandelion (Cichorium intybus)

A collection of flowering blue Chicory

Cichorium intybus, sometimes called the chicory flower or the blue dandelion, was first cultivated in the 17th century. However, it is native to North Africa, western Asia, and Europe and has roots in ancient Egypt and Rome. 

The flower has a fascinating culinary history as an additive or substitute for coffee. People have also used the plant as a sweetener or prebiotic. 

The chicory flower blooms in the summer and fall in Europe, North America, China, and Australia.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

30. Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus)

Large and dramatic flowerheads of the blue hibiscus against green foliage

Hibiscus syriacus is a flowering plant species that belongs to the Malvaceae family, or the mallow family. While it’s native to areas of southern China, the plant can be found all over Asia. 

The name syriacus originated due to the flower’s associations with Syria, as it was commonly grown in Syrian gardens. As it’s sometimes known, the Rose of Sharon has become popular in North America and the UK. 

This plant grows as a deciduous shrub. It has four large leaves which surround prominent white or yellow stamens.

>Native Range:East Asia
Height:6-12 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

31. Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

A cluster of blue Lily of the Nile flowers showcasing trumpet like flowerheads

Lily of the Nile, or Agapanthus, is the only genus in the Agapanthoideae family. The genus gets its name from the Greek words ‘agape,’ meaning love, and ‘anthos,’ meaning flower. This flowering plant is native to areas of southern Africa. 

The Lily of the Nile grows green stems and pale blue blooms that expand outward in all directions. The plant enjoys full sunlight or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.

>Native Range:South Africa
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

32. Gentian Flower (Gentiana)

Blue Gentian Flowers in bloom against green grass and rocks

The Gentian flower belongs to the Gentiana genus and Gentianaceae family. This flower grows in a deep, bold shade of blue, with blooms that have a trumpet-like shape. 

This flower’s azure petals create a spectacular focal point for any garden space. You’ll find it growing everywhere, from Europe and the Americas to alpine regions in Asia. 

Interestingly, the gentian flower’s root is commonly used to make different types of drinks. It is a common ingredient in bitters and is even used in the soft drink Moxie and Italian liqueur Aperol.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

33. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

A collection of Virginia Bluebells with small flowerheads and deep green foliage

Virginia bluebells, or Mertensia virginica, are native to North America. These flowers bloom in spring, revealing pink buds that transform into tubular flowers ranging from deep blue to sky blue in color. 

You may find this flower growing wild in woodlands or river floodplains. You can also grow it in a wildflower garden alongside other spring-blooming flowers. 

Virginia bluebells attract pollinators like butterflies and bumblebees. Its blooms will last around three weeks around those spring and summer months.

>Native Range:North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

34. Speedwell (Veronica)

A close shot of a blue flowering Speedwell (Veronica)

Veronica is the largest genus within the Plantaginaceae flowering plant family. This genus is also called Speedwell or bird’s eye. 

The Veronica genus has many different types of blue flowers. Some grow as ground cover, while others contribute a striking, cone-shaped appearance to landscaping and wildflower gardens. 

Most species in the Veronica genus reside in the Northern Hemisphere. Experts in Austrian medicine have used the root of this plant to make teas to help with disorders of the nervous system, metabolism, and other ailments.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

35. Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia)

Desert Bluebells growing in the wild with bright blue flowerheads

Desert bluebells, or Phacelia campanularia, are a flowering plant species in the Boraginaceae family. You may have heard of this flower called desert scorpionweed or California-bluebells. 

The Phacelia campanularia flower grows primarily in California and deserts like the Mojave and Sonoran. It also grows as an introduced species in other parts of the world.

This flower’s rounded petals are a rich, deep blue, with long white-tipped stamens at the center. The desert bluebell grows well in the wild and as an ornamental plant.

>Native Range:North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

36. Scabiosa (Scabiosa)

A single blue Scabiosa flower in bloom

Scabiosa is a genus from the Caprifoliaceae flowering plant family, or the honeysuckle family. Plants in the Scabiosa genus are native to Asia, Europe, and Africa. 

The name scabiosa stems from the word ‘scabious,’ which refers to old medicinal practices which involved using the flower to treat scabies. 

These blooms are also commonly known as pincushion flowers. They have fringed, sprawling leaves that form a round head at the end of the stem.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, Africa
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

37. Love in a Mist (Nigella damascena)

A collection of Love in a Mist blue flowers

Love in a Mist, or Nigella damascena, belongs to the Ranunculaceae or the buttercup family. 

The plant’s romantic name points to its origin in southern Europe. It grows in a lacy bush of foliage, making it a mist-like appearance.

The plant can bloom in various colors, including blue, white, pink, and purple. It has been famous as a garden plant since the Elizabethan era.

>Native Range:Southern Europe
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

38. Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon flowers in bloom showcasing large blue petals

Rose of Sharon refers to several flowering plant species, notably a deciduous flowering shrub in the mallow family. The name Rose of Sharon is a biblical reference, but the exact flower it refers to remains unclear.

Some flowers commonly associated with the name include the Hypericum calycinum and >Hibiscus syriacus.

Of the flowers associated with this name, >Hibiscus syriacus is a species known for its vibrant, blue petals.

>Native Range:China, India, Southeast Asia
Height:5-10 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

39. Lobelia (Lobelia)

A potted Lobelia plant in a wicker basket with blue flowerheads

Lobelia is a genus encompassing various flowers that thrive in warm or tropical climates.

Lobelias can be annual or perennial shrubs that come in many colors, including a deep shade of purple-blue. Interestingly, it seems that no two lobelias are alike, as each flower in the genus has unique characteristics that separate it from the rest.

This genus is a popular option among gardeners, as it produces beautiful, full blooms in a range of bold colors.

>Native Range:North America
Height:0.5-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

40. Birdbill Dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia)

A single blue Birdbill Dayflower in bloom

The Bird Bill Dayflower, or Commelina dianthifolia, is a perennial herb belonging to the Commelinaceae spiderwort family. It grows primarily in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

This plant is notable for its small blooms, each flower with three blue petals and green sepals. It gets its name, dayflower because its blooms open at dawn and close up around the afternoon.

>Native Range:North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

41. Blue Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)

Dark Blue Monkshood flowers in bloom

The blue monkshood, or Aconitum napellus, is a flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family. Also known as wolfsbane or aconite, this toxic plant is one you’ll have to admire from afar, as it is poisonous to touch and consume. 

You can recognize the blue monkshood by its tall stem and blue-purple bell-shaped blooms. The ‘Spark’s Variety’ cultivar has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

For more, see our in-depth guide to popular flowers that are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:3-5 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Late summer to fall

42. Poor Man’s Weather Glass (Anagallis arvensis)

Poor Man's Weather Glass flowers with small flowerheads featuring five blue petals and purple centers

Anagallis arvensis, sometimes called the poor man’s weather glass or shepherd’s clock, is an annual plant that blooms in bright shades of pink or blue.

It belongs to the Primulaceae, or the primrose family, and is native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. However, it has since been introduced to many other parts of the world.

This flower blooms with five round, blue petals around a violet-purple center and several yellow stamens. It grows wild along roadsides but has also been cultivated for medical and agricultural purposes.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

43. Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

A cluster of blue flowering Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

The Siberian squill, or Scilla siberica, is a flowering plant species belonging to the Asparagaceae family. Interestingly, the plant is not native to Siberia. Instead, it is native to Turkey, the Caucasus region, and parts of southern Russia. 

Otherwise known as the wood squill, this plant is a bulbous perennial. It blooms at spring’s start, producing beautiful blue flowers. The flower grows to a height of around four to eight inches tall.

>Native Range:Russia, Turkey
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

44. Bluecrown Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea)

An exotic looking Bluecrown Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea) with green petals and bright blue tinged stamens

The bluecrown passionflower, or Passiflora caerulea, is a flowering plant native to South America.

The tendril vine is often deciduous, though it can also be semi-evergreen and reach around 33 feet in length. The plant’s blooms open up into a mesmerizing mandala of blue and white fringe and pale petals.

The bluecrown passionflower’s vines latch onto nearby trees for support. This plant also produces a fruit that can be eaten, though it is favored in teas as it contains trace amounts of hydrogen cyanide.

>Native Range:South America
Height:10-30 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

45. Blue Orchids (Orchidaceae)

Blue Mystique Orchids against a black background

There are roughly 28,000 species of orchid across 763 genera, making it one of the largest flowering plant families. They usually take their place high up in the trees with free-hanging roots. 

You may have come across a blue orchid known as Blue Mystique. These stunning flowers gain their blue color from a dying process, meaning they are not truly blue. Once the blue flowers drop, they will grow back to their original white color.

However, that doesn’t mean blue orchids don’t exist. Several rare orchids, such as the Blue Vanda orchids, are truly blue but difficult to find.

>Native Range:Not applicable (cultivated)
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade to full shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Varies

46. Starflower (Borago officinalis)

Starflower (Borago officinalis) showcasing an array of light blue petals

The starflower, or Borago officinalis, is native to the Mediterranean. However, it can be found in many countries around the world.

This is a great flower to grow if you’re based in Europe due to favorable conditions for cultivation. The starflower’s leaves are edible, and its seeds can be converted into borage seed oil. 

The flower itself has pointed petals with a blue-purple hue, though you can also find it with white blooms.

>Native Range:Mediterranean region
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

47. Lead Plant (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

A cluster of blue flowers in bloom adorn a Lead Plant (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

The lead plant, or Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, belongs to the Plumbaginaceae family, or plumbago family, which is native to Western China.

The lead plant is a herbaceous perennial with small blue leaves. It doesn’t bloom until the end of summer or the beginning of autumn.

This species enjoys full sunlight and will grow well in well-drained soil of almost any quality. This is a tolerant plant that gardeners can grow for ornamental purposes. It can also aid in erosion control.

>Native Range:Asia, Europe
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Late summer to fall

48. Mediterranean sea holly (Eryngium bourgatii)

Mediterranean sea holly (Eryngium bourgatii) showcasing star-shaped blue flowerheads

Mediterranean sea holly, or Eryngium bourgatii, is a flowering plant species in the Apiaceae family. The plant is native to several countries, such as France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. 

The herbaceous perennial has a spiky appearance, with a rounded flowerhead and several spiny leaves. The plant’s scientific name bourgatii comes from a French doctor called Bourgat, who collected plants in the Pyrenees in the late 18th century.

>Native Range:Mediterranean region
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

49. Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa)

A collection of blooming Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) flowers with tiny star-shaped blue flowerheads

Glory-of-the-snow, or Chionodoxa, is a perennial flowering plant in the Asparagaceae family. This plant has small bulbous flowers that bloom in blue, white, and pink colors. 

As the name would suggest, this species thrives in the snow, mainly in the eastern Mediterranean areas of Crete, Turkey, and Cyprus. The plant tends to flower in alpine zones once the snow melts at the start of spring.

>Native Range:Turkey, Cyprus, Crete
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

50. Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium demissum)

A close shot of Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium demissum) with five distinctly blue petals

Blue-eyed grass, or Sisyrinchium demissum, is a perennial wildflower from the iris family.

Native to North America, the flower has a grouping of blue or purple petals at the top of a long, thin stem. The plant grows to around one foot and features a yellow eye in the center.

This is a popular garden flower as its blooms provide a nice contrast to the green grassy stems.

>Native Range:North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

51. Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

A field of blooming blue platycodon grandiflorus bellflowers

These perennials have spherical inflated blooms that burst into a blue star shape, hence the balloon flower. The flowers are a purplish-blue pastel color that looks wonderful in cottage gardens.

Balloon flowers are related to several popular ornamentals in the Campanulaceae family. They are straightforward to care for and attract many pollinators to the garden.

>Native Range:East Asia
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

52. Blue Diamond Impatiens (Impatiens namchabarwensis)

A close shot of the deep blue and purple flowers of the blue diamond impatiens plant

Also known as Blue Diamond Impatiens, this annual is a rare blue flower native to the Himalayas. Only recently discovered in 2003, it grows only in a small region of the mountains.

Beloved for their blue color, these plants require the best care to thrive. They grow from 12-24 inches tall. Impatiens flower from spring to late summer, dying back when the weather cools.

>Native Range:Asia, Africa
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

53. Tweedia (Oxypetalum coeruleum)

Soft blue blooming Tweedia (Oxypetalum coeruleum) flowers

Native to South America, this flowering plant has delicate pastel blue blooms emerging from slivery-green foliage. The star-shaped flowers are great fillers for bouquets due to their long-lasting nature.

Also known by the scientific name Tweedia caerulea, this plant has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

>Native Range:South America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

54. Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Close-up view of common blue violets (viola sororia) growing in a grassy lawn in spring

Featuring stunning blue-purple flowers on short stems, this perennial plant is native to North America. Part of the Violaceae family, they grow in moist habitats and thrive in the shade.

As the flowers are edible, these plants have been used throughout history as food and for medicine. They have been used to treat headaches, colds, and sore throats.

>Native Range:North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

55. Empire Blue Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii ‘Empire Blue’)

Empire Blue' Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii are beautiful types of blue flowers

Empire Blue Butterfly Bush is a deciduous shrub sporting large light blue to violet flowers with a sweet scent. The flowers are clustered together on long branches, intensifying the scent and filling the air in your garden.

The long-lasting blooms are perfect for flower arrangements or as gifts. They also attract many pollinators to the garden with their scent and lovely blue color.

>Native Range:China, Japan, Tibet
Height:4-8 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

56. Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) are beautiful types of blue flowers

Plumbago auriculata, commonly known as Cape Plumbago, Cape Leadwort, or Skyflower, is an evergreen shrub native to South Africa. It belongs to the Plumbaginaceae family and is renowned for its stunning blue or white flowers.

This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is heat and drought-tolerant, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or in coastal gardens.

In the language of flowers, Plumbago represents the metaphors of love and the challenges it often brings. The blue color of the flowers symbolizes loyalty, trust, and depth of feelings. In a spiritual context, it may also represent inspiration and high ideals.

>Native Range:South Africa
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

57. Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)

A single flowering spiderwort flower against green foliage

Tradescantia virginiana, commonly known as Spiderwort or Virginia Spiderwort, is a perennial flowering plant native to the eastern United States. It’s named after John Tradescant, a 17th-century English naturalist and gardener.

Spiderwort has a long history of medicinal use by Native American tribes and is known to be edible. In the language of flowers, Spiderwort symbolizes enduring love, in line with its plentiful, although ephemeral, flowers. The blue-purple colors of the flowers often represent deep emotions, trust, and longing, making this plant a fitting symbol of steadfast affection.

>Native Range:North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

58. Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea cyanus)

A cluster of blue Bachelor's Button flowers (Centaurea cyanus)

Bachelor’s Button can grow up to 90 cm tall, and its stems are slender and branched. Its most distinguishing feature is its vibrant blue flowers, which bloom from late spring until early autumn. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies.

Bachelor’s Button symbolizes hope in love, delicacy, and refinement in the language of flowers. It was once worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned. The blue color of the flowers often represents loyalty and trust.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

59. Blue Bellflower (Campanula)

Blue Bellflower (Campanula) in bloom showcasing trumpet shaped flowerheads

Campanula, commonly known as Bellflowers, is a diverse genus comprising about 500 species of flowering plants, most of which are native to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Their name derives from the Latin “campana” meaning bell, referring to the bell-like shape of the flowers.

Bellflowers typically have showy, bell-shaped blooms in shades of blue, purple, pink, or white. Their leaves are generally lance-shaped or rounded.

In the language of flowers, Bellflowers symbolize gratitude, humility, everlasting love, and consistency. These beautiful flowers are often used to express the sentiment “thinking of you” in the world of floriography. The blue or purple Bellflowers can symbolize loyalty, trust, and deep admiration.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, North America
Height:1-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

60. Blue Pimpernel (Anagallis foemina): 

Deep Blue Pimpernel (Anagallis foemina) flowers in bloom

Anagallis foemina, or Blue Pimpernel, is an annual herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean region. It features petite, elliptical to ovate leaves in opposite arrangements, and from spring to autumn, it produces small, solitary, sky-blue flowers with a red-purple eye in the center. 

In the language of flowers, Pimpernel generally symbolizes change or transformation due to its weather-sensitive blooms. The blue color of the flowers also signifies loyalty, trust, and tranquility. Given its survival in harsh conditions, it can symbolize resilience and perseverance.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, and North America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

61. Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile): 

Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile) are beautiful types of blue flowers

Cynoglossum amabile, commonly known as Chinese Forget-Me-Not, is an annual flowering plant native to Asia. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis species) but is a part of the borage family.

The flowers bloom from midsummer to early fall and give off a delicate, sweet fragrance that attracts pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

In the language of flowers, Forget-Me-Nots symbolize true love, remembrance, and memory. While the symbolism isn’t exactly identical to the Chinese Forget-Me-Not, it carries similar associations due to its common name. Its blue flowers also often symbolize loyalty and trust.

>Native Range:Asia, Europe
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

62. Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca): 

Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca) grass growing in the wild

Festuca glauca, commonly known as Blue Fescue, is a perennial grass known for its compact size and ornamental qualities. It’s native to southern France but has been cultivated widely in many regions across the globe.

Its foliage is characterized by narrow, glaucous blue-gray leaves, providing an exciting color and textural contrast to many other garden plants. It’s also drought-resistant, making it a popular choice for xeriscaping and rock gardens.

In summer, Blue Fescue produces tall, flowering spikes that protrude above the tufted foliage. The flowers are small and greenish-blue, transitioning to a straw color as the season progresses.

While Blue Fescue is relatively easy to care for, it thrives best in full sun and requires well-drained soil. Overly fertile soil or excessive watering can cause the plant to lose its tight, mounded shape. Propagation is typically achieved through division in the spring.

>Native Range:Europe, Asia, Africa
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

63. Blue-Eyed Mary (Omphalodes verna): 

Blue-Eyed Mary (Omphalodes verna) are beautiful types of blue flowers

Omphalodes verna, commonly known as Blue-Eyed Mary or Creeping Forget-Me-Not, is a perennial plant native to southern Europe. This charming plant is primarily known for its stunning spring blooms, often carpeting the ground in woodland areas where it thrives.

Botanically, Omphalodes verna features oval-shaped leaves and small, bright-blue or white flowers. The flowers have five petals with a white eye at the center, which gives the plant its common name, Blue-Eyed Mary. The plant usually spreads out as it grows, forming a dense mat of green foliage covered in blue flowers in the spring.

In the language of flowers, Blue-Eyed Mary symbolizes trust and hope, which can be a reflection of the way it lights up shady woodland areas with its bright blooms every spring. 

>Native Range:Europe
Height (in feet):0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

64. Blue-Eyed African Daisy (Osteospermum ‘Blue Eyed Beauty’): 

A single flowering Blue-Eyed African Daisy (Osteospermum 'Blue Eyed Beauty')

The Blue-Eyed African Daisy, scientifically known as Osteospermum ‘Blue Eyed Beauty’, is native to South Africa. As the name suggests, the central disk of this daisy-like flower is deep blue, surrounded by white or light yellow petals.

This plant is a hardy, perennial shrub that can grow up to 1.2 meters tall. The stunning flowers bloom abundantly from late spring until the first frost. Each flower head measures about 5cm across and comprises a central disk of deep blue florets surrounded by a ring of light yellow or white ray florets.

>Native Range:South Africa
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

65. Blue Waterlily (Nymphaea caerulea): 

Blue Waterlily (Nymphaea caerulea) flower growing atop the surface of water surrounded by green lily pads

Nymphaea caerulea, the Blue Waterlily, Blue Egyptian Lotus, or Sacred Blue Lily, is an aquatic perennial native to East Africa. The plant has a long history of use and significance in Egyptian culture.

Botanically, Nymphaea caerulea grows from rhizomes or tubers anchored in the mud at the bottom of freshwater bodies. It sends up long stems with round, floating leaves and striking, aromatic blue flowers that bloom from spring through to autumn. 

Historically, Blue Waterlily was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians. It was used in religious ceremonies, as a traditional medicine, and as a recreational psychoactive substance. The flowers are frequently depicted in ancient Egyptian art, symbolizing rebirth and the sun.

>Native Range:Egypt, East Africa
Height:Water surface plant
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Aquatic environment
Flowering Season:Summer

66. Bluehead Gilia (Gilia capitata): 

Bluehead Gilia (Gilia capitata) showcasing spherical clusters of blue flowers

Gilia capitata, commonly known as Bluehead Gilia or Blue Thimble Flower, is a flowering plant native to western North America, ranging from British Columbia to California. This charming wildflower is a favorite among gardeners who prefer native and drought-tolerant species.

Bluehead Gilia is an annual or biennial plant that typically grows between 30 to 90 cm tall. Its most distinctive feature is the spherical clusters of blue to lavender flowers at the end of each stem, which indeed resembles a blue thimble or cap. The leaves are finely divided and primarily clustered at the base of the plant.

>Native Range:North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

67. Phlox (Phlox paniculata): 

A collection of blue flowering Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Phlox paniculata, or Garden Phlox or Summer Phlox, is a perennial flowering plant native to the eastern and central United States. It’s a popular garden plant due to its impressive flower clusters and pleasant fragrance.

The plant produces large panicles of fragrant flowers that attract a range of pollinators, especially butterflies and hummingbirds. The leaves are lance-shaped and arranged in opposite pairs along the stem.

Phlox symbolizes partnership and harmony in the language of flowers, likely due to how the individual flowers come together in one vibrant display. It’s also associated with sweet dreams—a nod to its gentle fragrance—and the recurring theme of unity and togetherness.

Native Range:North America
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

68. Himalayan Bellflower (Campanula latifolia): 

Himalayan Bellflower (Campanula latifolia) showcasing bell-shaped blue flower clusters

Campanula latifolia, commonly known as the Broad-Leaved Bellflower or Giant Bellflower, is a perennial plant native to Europe and Western Asia. It thrives in woodland areas and on rocky hillsides, displaying its impressive blooms from June to September.

The plant bears clusters of large, bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers that hang from tall, erect stems. The delicate flowers attract a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

In the language of flowers, Campanula generally symbolizes gratitude, humility, attractiveness, and everlasting love. The bell shape of the flowers is often associated with a connection to the ‘voice of the unconscious’ or the language of dream states.

Native Range:Himalayas, Tibet
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

69. Hyacinthoides (Hyacinthoides non-scripta): 

Hyacinthoides (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) showcasing bell-shaped blue flowers with the petal tips curled back

Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also known as the English Bluebell or simply Bluebell, is a perennial bulbous plant native to Western Europe, most notably the British Isles. 

This plant produces sweet-scented violet-blue flowers arranged in a drooping, one-sided inflorescence. The flowers are bell-shaped, with the petal tips curled back. The narrow, strap-like leaves are deep green.

In the language of flowers, Bluebells symbolize constancy, humility, and everlasting love. They are also associated with gratitude. There’s an old folklore that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments, signifying the presence of magical beings. 

Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:1-1.5 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring

70. Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium): 

Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) with unique blue bell-shaped flowerheads

Campanula medium, commonly known as Canterbury Bells, is a biennial flowering plant native to southern Europe. Named for the famous cathedral city in England, Canterbury Bells have been cultivated in gardens since the 16th century.

In the language of flowers, Canterbury Bells symbolize gratitude, faith, and constancy. Their unique bell shape is often associated with connections to the spiritual or unconscious realms. The blue color of the flowers is commonly linked with tranquility, trust, and wisdom.

Native Range:Europe
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

71. Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum): 

Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum) showcasing fluffy, blue flower clusters

Ageratum houstonianum, commonly known as Flossflower, Blue Mink, or simply Ageratum, is a perennial plant native to Central America, Mexico, and the United States. 

Its most distinctive feature is the small, fluffy, blue flower clusters that bloom from late spring until the first frost. The flowers give off a strong, sweet scent attracting butterflies and pollinators. 

In the language of flowers, Ageratum symbolizes politeness. Its long flowering period could also symbolize endurance and immortality. The vibrant blue color of the flowers often represents peace, tranquility, and openness.

Native Range:Central America, South America
Height:0.5-1 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer to fall

72. Japanese Iris (Iris ensata): 

Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) flowers with blue flowerheads and sword-shaped green leaves

Iris ensata, commonly known as the Japanese Iris or Hanashōbu, is a species of Iris native to Japan. Celebrated for centuries in Japanese art and culture, this plant blooms in early summer, displaying an array of unique colors. Unlike other Iris species, their leaves are sword-shaped and longer, giving the plant a graceful arching habit.

In the language of flowers, the Iris symbolizes wisdom, hope, trust, and valor. In Japan, where it’s closely associated with samurai culture, it stands for courage, purifying the spirit, and celebrating noble bravery. The Japanese Iris is often used in festivals and ceremonies, where it is believed to ward off evil spirits.

Native Range:Japan
Height:2-4 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, acidic to neutral
Flowering Season:Summer

73. Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor): 

Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) are beautiful types of blue flowers

Iris versicolor, also known as the Blue Flag Iris or Harlequin Blueflag, is a perennial plant native to North America. It is mainly found in wetlands and along the edges of water bodies, making it a popular choice for water gardens and pond edges. The flowers bloom in late spring and early summer, attracting various pollinators, especially bees and hummingbirds.

In the language of flowers, Irises symbolize faith, wisdom, peace of mind, and hope. The Blue Flag Iris, with its unique habitat and beautiful blooms, can also indicate adaptability and strength. The blue-violet color of the flowers often conveys mystery, depth, and intuition.

Native Range:North America
Height:2-3 feet
Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
Soil:Moist, acidic to neutral
Flowering Season:Summer

74. Meadow Sage (Salvia nemorosa):

Blue and purple flowering Meadow Sage (Salvia nemorosa) in a field

Salvia nemorosa, commonly known as Meadow Sage or Woodland Sage, is a hardy perennial native to a wide range in Central Europe and Western Asia. Its stunning blue-violet flowers make it a popular choice for gardeners worldwide.

This plant is versatile, drought-tolerant, and deer-resistant, making it an excellent choice for many garden settings. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil and is often used in borders, rock gardens, and pollinator gardens.

In the language of flowers, Salvia represents wisdom, good health, and longevity, drawing from the plant’s long history of medicinal use. The blue color of the flowers is commonly associated with tranquility, trust, and loyalty. In a spiritual or symbolic context.

Native Range:Europe, Asia
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Full sun
Soil:Well-drained
Flowering Season:Summer

75. Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum): 

Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum) showcasing clusters of tiny blue flowers

Polemonium caeruleum, commonly known as Jacob’s Ladder or Greek Valerian, is a hardy perennial native to temperate regions of Europe. Named for the biblical figure Jacob, it is said that the arrangement of its leaves is reminiscent of the ladder to heaven that appeared in Jacob’s dream.

Its blooms are bell-shaped, predominantly blue or white, and appear in loose clusters at the tops of stems during late spring or early summer. The flowers attract a range of pollinators, especially bees.

Native Range:Europe, Asia, North America
Height:1-2 feet
Sunlight:Partial shade
Soil:Moist, well-drained
Flowering Season:Spring to early summer

The Meaning and Symbolism of Blue Flowers

Many people associate the color blue with a feeling of calm. It’s a shade that soothes whether you’re eyeing the ocean’s grey-blue waves or the night sky’s deep hues.

Due to their color, blue flowers can bring various emotions to the surface. The color blue has proven to bring about feelings of relaxation and comfort and even decrease anxiety.

Blue flowers have adopted various meanings throughout history, from Ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire and beyond. To ancient Egyptians, blue signified royalty and the elite class of pharaohs. On the other hand, the Romans associated the color with the Celts, who wore blue war paint when they went into battle.

The blue flower was also a primary source of inspiration and social change in the 18th century. During Europe’s Romanticism movement, blue flowers symbolized a flourishing society.

Over the years, blue flowers symbolize strong emotions such as love, desire, and the pull toward grand ambitions. Blue flowers can also represent hope, beauty, and creativity.

Blue Flowers in Art and Literature:

The author H.H. Boyesen explained that the blue flower was a “sacred symbol… meant to symbolize the deep and sacred longings of a poet’s soul.”

We can see examples of this from Joseph Freiherr con Eichendorff’s poem titled The Blue Flower to C.S. Lewis’s use of blue flora as a symbol of longing. Blue flowers even appear as a symbol in George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as the television series Game of Thrones.

Today, the color blue continues to represent relaxation and serenity. Blue flowers make a great gift for various occasions, from a baby’s birth to an anniversary. They also work well as an expression of sympathy, symbolizing peace and a connection to the divine.

For more, see our essential guide to the meaning, symbolism, and cultural significance of blue flowers.


Blue Flowers FAQs:

What do flower colors symbolize?

Flower color meaning and symbolism date back to ancient times and have evolved over time to convey sentiments and feelings that words alone could not portray. Today, both the flower type and inherent colors contribute to the meaning and symbolism of a particular bloom.

What is the rarest blue flower?

Blue-fringed daisies and Blue Gentian are considered among the rarest of blue flowers.

What is the meaning and symbolism of blue flowers?

In floriography, blue symbolizes affection, desire, love, inspiration, trust, purity, tranquility, or sympathy.

What are blue flowers used for?

Blue flowers are associated with intimacy and love which makes them a beautiful choice for Valentine’s Day or a romantic gift. The 10th wedding anniversary is associated with silver and blue, making blue blossoms a natural choice for this important milestone. Blue flowers are also popular for wedding bouquets and centerpieces. Blue may also be associated with sympathy.

What does the blue rose symbolize?

The blue rose represents mystery and is often used as a way to tell someone that they’re unique and extraordinary.


Beautiful Types of Blue Flowers – Wrapping Up

Blue flowers bring a sense of calm while offering symbolism ranging from hope and optimism to ambition and desire. They add a beautiful focal point, whether placed in a garden or arranged in a vase. If you’re looking for an easy way to bring a splash of color to your garden, then you can’t go wrong with a deep blue flower or two. Grow them at home or give them as a gift to help those around you enjoy the peace that blue flowers have to offer.


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