10 Flowers That Start With C (2022)

Last Updated on February 15, 2023 by Derek

Flowers beginning with C - Carnation
Carnation is one of the most well-known flowers beginning with the letter C

Popular Flowers That Start With C

There are many flowers that start with C. Some of them include the California Flannel Bush, Canary Island Daisy, and Crown Imperial flower.

As a seasoned gardener, I’ve found that starting a garden by choosing plants based on their initial letters is a smart and effective approach. With “C” being such a versatile letter, there are so many options to choose from – including colorful Calendulas, fragrant Camellias, and hardy Clematis.

This method allows you to easily categorize your garden and create a cohesive design, while also considering the conditions your garden offers, such as sunlight and soil type. Furthermore, selecting plants by their first letter helps you to expand your knowledge of different species, and encourages you to try new and unique plants.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, starting your garden with plants based on their initial letters is a simple yet effective way to create a thriving and beautiful outdoor space.

Others that are popular across the world include the following:

  • Campanula latifolia (giant bell flower)
  • Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Calendula officinalis.
  • Cranesbill Geranium (Rock Cranesbill)
  • Canna Lily
  • Carolina Allspice
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Caucasian Stonecrop
  • Carmine Cob
  • California Flannel Bush
  • Canary Island Daisy
  • Crown Imperial flower

Video – Beautiful flowers that begin with C

Carnation is a very popular flower beginning with the letter C – here are some others!

What Is the Most Popular Flower Starts with the Letter C?

Carnations (Dianthus Caryophyllus) are the most popular flowers starting with the letter C. The carnation or pinks is a perennial flowering plant that can attain a mature size of twelve to eighteen inches. The flowers appear in a wide range of shades from white, pink, red, or coral. Each color of carnation has a symbolic meaning according to various cultures.

Botanical Name Dianthus caryophyllus
Common Name Carnation
Type Perennial flower
Size Full Grown 12-18 inches
Sun Full/partial – likes some shade
Soil Type Fertile and well drained Alkaline soil
When does it flower? Late spring
Flower Colors Red, white and pink
Where does it grow? Greece, Croatia, Spain and Italy

Carnation is a native of Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Italy and grows best in full sun to partial shade. It requires well-drained fertile, alkaline soil with a pH of 7 to 8. They start to bloom in late spring, mostly May. Sometimes they might rebloom and proceed to summer depending on the carnation variety and growing location. 

Carnations require low maintenance as they are drought-tolerant. You only need to give them water during to help prevent buds from drying up during the hot springs. Carnations are not only suitable for ornamentals, but they are also edible. The petals are excellent for salads and desserts and can also add flavor to several brands of wine. 

Carnations – Purdue EDU

Annual Flowers That Start With C

Letter C is a common letter when it comes to naming. You will find a lot of flower names that start with C. A few of them that are common include the ones in the table:

Common NameScientific NameBest Growing Conditions
California poppyEschscholzia californicaGrows well in loamy rich and well-drained soil. Needs at least 6hrs sunlight to thrive.
Calico CactusEchinocereus engelmanniiDoes well in full sun or at least 6hrs exposure. Can also do in partial shade and needs well-drained or porous sandy soil.
Candy Barrel CactusFerocactus wislizeniDoes well in partial or full sun. They also need well-drained sandy soil.
CalendulaCalendula officinalisCan do in partial sun or in full sun. Prefers cool temperatures and well-drained moist soil.
Celosia or CockscombCelosia argentaNeeds well-drained, loamy, and moist soil. They also need partial or full sun.
Common nasturtiumTropaeolum majusThey require full sun and well-drained soil to thrive.

Unlike perennial flowers, these annual flowers will only bloom once a year.

Yellow Flowers That Start With C

Some of the yellow flowers that start with C include the Calla Lily, Craspedia, Corydalis, and Canna Lilly among others that are common and includes:

  • Canary Island Daisy
  • Coreopsis
  • Crown Imperial
  • Carolina Yellow Jasmine
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Craspedia
  • Camellia yellow flower
  • Calla lily
  • Corydalis
  • Craspedia
  • Canna lily

Pink Flowers That Start With C

There are so many pink flowers that start with C. The following is just a list of the few common ones that are available around the world:

  • Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)
  • Cherry blossom (Prunus serrulate)
  • Chenille (Acalypha hispida)
  • Canna ‘Red Wine’ flower (
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Candelabra Lily (Brunsvigia josephinae)
  • Crabapple Tree 
  • Candytuft flower (Iberis)
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)
  • Clematis 

Infographic – Annual flowers starting with C

These annual flowering plants begin with the letter C
5 annual flowers beginning with C

Exotic Flowers That Start With C

There are many exotic flowers growing worldwide that start with the letter C. Here are some examples of such flowers and their preferred growing conditions.

Candlestick Senna

Yellow Candelstic senna flowers
The distinctive Candlestick senna – a flower starting with the letter C

Candlestick senna is a non-invasive exotic annual flowering plant that grows up to 3 to 5 inches in height and 3 to 5 inches in spread. It thrives best in clay or sandy soils and requires full sun exposure to partial shade to bloom. It starts blooming from July to October with beautiful yellow flowers. 

Candlestick Senna Care Sheet
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Candlestick Senna Senna alata 6.0 – 7.0 Well-draining Full sun to partial shade 9-11

Care sheet

Croton or garden croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Croton plants in a garden
Variegated Croton

Croton is an exotic evergreen shrub that can grow to a height and width of 3 to 8 feet and 3 to 6 feet, respectively. It is a native of tropical Asia and the Pacific regions. It prefers humid and warm conditions and a lot of water in its natural habitat.

However, the croton will thrive in full sun exposure to partial shade. It grows best in moist, well-draining acidic soil with 4.5 to 6.5 Ph. It blooms throughout the year with attractive yellow flowers.  

Garden Croton Care Sheet
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Garden Croton Codiaeum variegatum 5.5 – 6.5 Well-draining, moist Bright, indirect light 9-11

Common Sundew (Drosera capensis)

Cape sundew - insect eating C flower
The common sundew eats insects.

Common sundew or cape sundew is a tropical perennial exotic flowering plant that attains a mature height between 8 and 10 inches. It is an Australian native that will grow in the moist, boggy, sandy soil of acidic Ph. Cape sundew produces white to pale pink blooms in the spring. It requires partial to full sun exposure to bloom.

Sundew Care Sheet
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Sundew Drosera spp. 4.5 – 7.5 Well-draining, moist, nutrient-poor Partial sun to full sun N/A (typically grown as a houseplant or in greenhouses)

Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

White Calla Lilies
Calla Lilies can be white, red, pink or orange

Calla lily is a perennial exotic flower of South African origin. It starts blooming in the late spring, all through summer to fall. It grows well in moist and well-drained soil and requires exposure to partial shade or full sun to flourish. It is tolerant of deer and rabbits. 

Common Name Calla lily
Botanical Name Zantedeschia aethiopica
Family Araceae
Plant Type Rhizome
Size fully grown 3 ft. height with 2 ft. spread
Sun Full or part sunshine
Best Soil Type Moist and well-draining soil
When does it flower? Summer
Flower Colors White, pink, coral, maroon, orange, yellow
Native Location Africa

Common bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Common Bleeding Heart - Lamprocapnos spectabilis
Common Bleeding Heart botanical name is Lamprocapnos spectabilis

The common bleeding heart or fern-leaf bleeding heart is an herbaceous flower. It is an Asian native. It grows to a mature size of 6 inches in height and 1 to 3 feet wide. It flourishes in rich and moist, slightly acidic soil with 6.0 to 6.5 pH, but it can survive in neutral soil.

The bleeding heart requires partial to full shade to bloom. It produces red, pink, or white blooms in spring. 

Common Bleeding Heart
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Common Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis 6.0 – 7.0 Well-draining, moist Partial shade to full shade 3-9

Perennial Flowers That Start With C

You can find many flowers that start with the letter C blooming all year round. Here are some examples that are common:

Campanula latifolia 

Campanula latifolia  with purple flowers
Campanula latifolia grows tall – a very impressive of a plant beginning with C

Campanula latifolia or giant bellflower grows to a maximum height of one and a half meters. It grows well in well-drained light sandy or medium loamy soils, but it will survive in heavy clay soils. The giant bellflower will grow in dry or moist soil with a neutral to slightly basic Ph. It requires partial to full shade to bloom well. It starts to flower from July to August. 

Giant Bellflower
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Giant Bellflower Campanula latifolia 6.0 – 7.0 Well-draining, moist Partial shade to full sun 3-8

Cherry Bush flowers (Prunus avium)

Cherry bush is a flowering perennial plant. It thrives in moist and well-drained chalk, clay, loamy, or sandy soil with acidic, neutral, or alkaline Ph. It requires exposure to full sun to thrive. It starts producing fragrant blooms that attract butterflies and birds early, mid, and late spring to fall. 

Cherry Bush
Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Cherry Bush Prunus ‘Cherry Bush’ 5.5 – 7.5 Well-draining, moist Full sun 4-8

Columbine flower (Aquilegia spp.)

Blue petals of Columbine flower
Blues Columbine flower

Columbine can attain a mature size of 15 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches in spread. It grows well in moist and well-drained soil with neutral or acidic Ph. It requires partial to full sun exposure to blossom. Columbine produces pink, blue, purple, red, yellow, orange, white flowers in spring and summer.

Botanical Name Aquilegia spp.
Common Name Columbine
Family Ranunculaceae
Type Perennial
Size Full grown 20 in. height with 18 in. spread
Sun Full to partial sunshine
Soil Type Moist but well-drained soil
When does it flower? Spring and summer
Flower Colors Blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow
Where does in grow? Europe and North America

White Flowers That Start With C

The earth is adorned with many beautiful white flowers. Here is a list of some white flowers that start with the letter C. 

  • Camellia (Camellia japonica)
  • Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)
  • Corn marigold flower (Glebionis segetum)
  • Cosmos flower (Cosmos sulphureus)
  • Columbine flower (Aquilegia)
  • Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Cup flower (Silphium perfoliatum)
  • Chrysanthemums 

Garden Plants Beginning With C

There are several plants that grow in gardens that start with the letter C.  Check out some of them that are popular around the world:

Caladium (Caladium x hortulanum)

Garden plants starting with C - Caladium
The big leaves of the Caladium plant gives rise to the name of ‘Angel Wings’.

Caladium, angel wings, or elephant ears gets their name from their large leaves. It is a tuberous perennial that you can grow as a houseplant or annual. It can either have fancy heart-shaped leaves that can grow to more than a foot long and strap leaves that are narrower and lance-shaped. It is compact to cold-resistant and produces a vivd display from early fall.

Common Name Botanical Name Soil pH Range Soil Type Sunshine Growing Zones
Caladium Caladium x hortulanum 6.0 – 7.0 Well-draining, moist Partial shade to full shade 9-11

Cabbage plant (Brassica oleracea)

Cabbage is a common garden vegetable plant. It thrives best in the soil of neutral Ph and full sun exposure. It is ready for harvest in early spring and fall. It grows across the globe, from the United States, South Africa, South America, Western Asia and Southern Europe.

Calamint (Calamintha nepeta)

Calamint (Calamintha nepeta)

Calamint, field balm, or basil thyme is a perennial plant that can grow up to 12 to 18 inches in height and 12 to 18 inches in width. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil with neutral to acidic Ph. It flourishes in full sun exposure. The calamint plant produces red, white, purple, or pink blooms in early summer and to late winter. 

Botanical Name Calamintha nepeta
Common Name Calamint
Type Herbaceous perennial
Size Full Grown 18 in. height with 18 in. spread
Sun Full
Soil Type Moist but well-drained
When does it flower? Summer and fall fall
Flower Colosr Red, purple, white and pink
Where does it grow? Africa, Asia and Europe

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula, common marigold, or pot marigold, is a perennial flower that most people grow as a garden plant. It has showy flowers, producing pink, yellow, cream, and orange blossoms. It grows in moderate well-drained soil rich in organic matter and requires a 6.0 to 7.0 Ph. It grows best in partial shade to full sun exposure and creates good groun cover. It starts to bloom in May and may rebloom if the old blooms become dead-headed.

Castor beans

Castor bean is an annual garden shrub. This annual plant requires plenty of water and full sun exposure to flourish. Castor remains helpful to people has health benefits, mainly from castor oil. 

Indoor Plants That Start With C

Some different species will thrive better if grown indoors. Here is a list of flowers that start with the letter C. 

  • Calathea beauty star 
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Citrus Tree
  • Chamaedorea cataractarum
  • Chinese money plant
  • Chinese water bamboo
  • Cyclamen plant
  • Cast iron plant
  • Croton plant
  • Cactus plant
  • California poppy (golden poppy)
Video roundup of some popular flowers beginning with the letter C

What Are Plants That Start With C?

The plants that start with the letter C are numerous.

Calluna plant 

Calluna or heather is an evergreen flowering shrub. It blooms in the late summer with vibrant blossoms that are bell-shaped.

Cymbidium plant

Cymbidium is an evergreen perennial flowering plant. They grow on rocks and produce waxy flowers.

Other plants include Crocosmia, cactus, canna indica, Convallaria, Cistus, Crane’s-bill, among others.

Flowering Plants That Start With C

There are countless flowering plants whose names start with the letter C. Some of them include the following:

Succulents Beginning With the Letter C

Cabbage Head Agave

Cabbage Head Agave plants growing in rows
Cabbage Head is a slow-growing succulent

The Cabbage Head Agave is a slow growing flowering succulent plant of the family Asparagaceae. It has a flat, rosette shape with fleshy thorn-tipped grey-green leaves and can grow to about 60 cm wide.

This plant is often cultivated for its stunning foliage and vibrant colors. This species is native to North East Mexico. It is a popular houseplant, and grows well in a pot.

The cabbage-headed agave grows to about 24 inches in height and can spread up to 24 inches in diameter. The plant is suitable for both the outdoor landscape and pots.

Due to its upright habit, this plant is not a good choice for a large front yard. However, it does well in smaller containers. It may need more watering than a yard plant, and its growth rate may be slower than what the tag states.

The Cabbage Head Agave is a rare species that bears rosette-like foliage. Its leaves are waxy and overlapping, and are covered in red hook-like teeth along the margins.

The plants produce clusters of flowers that grow from red buds. They thrive in a well-drained soil and full sun. This plant has long-lasting foliage. You can plant it in the ground in summer.

Cabbage Head Century Plant

The Cabbage Head Century Plant is a flowering succulent that is native to the Southwest and Mexico. Its upright habit makes it perfect for outdoor plantings, and it can be grown in pots or a landscaped garden.

However, it’s important to remember that this plant is not winter-hardy, and may require more frequent watering than other plants in your garden. Here are some tips for caring for your Cabbage Head Century Plant.

The Cabbage Head Century Plant prefers a full or partial sun location, although it will tolerate shade in hotter climates. They also need regular watering, which is important during the warm summer months.

They prefer a well-drained, gritty soil, and should be enriched with pumice. If you want to grow them in pots, be sure to use protective clothing and wear safety glasses when handling them.

Cactus Euphorbia

Tall Cactus with yellow flowers
Cactus are succulent plants

One common pest of cactus Euphorbia is mealybugs. These tiny wingless insects live in the sap and produce a powdery mass on the plant. While it is never pleasant to look at, this pest will not permanently harm the plant.

To remove mealybugs, you can apply a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. If you notice these pests on your cactus Euphorbia, you must wash the affected area thoroughly with water and soap.

In the wild, the African Milk Tree grows up to 30 feet tall, but is also widely grown as an indoor plant in temperate areas. Its thorns are arranged in pairs and it has small, white or yellow flowers. It belongs to the family Euphorbaceae.

Common Name Euphorbia, spurge
Botanical Name Euphorbia spp.
Family Euphorbiaceae
Type Succulent
Size fully grown 36 in. tall with 36 in. spread
Sun Likes full sun
Soil Type Sandy but well-drained soil
When does it flower? Spring and summer
Flower Colors Pink, white, red and yellow
Where does it grow? Africa,North America, Asia and South America

Its thorns are poisonous when broken, so keep it out of reach of children and pets. However, if you want to grow your own cactus, it can be a fun and unusual houseplant.

The stems of cactus Euphorbia are thorny and can contain white poisonous sap. Cactus Euphorbia ingens has spines on its stems, called areoles.

If you want to remove the spines on a cactus, cut them off with scissors, as this won’t damage the stem. However, this plant is often planted as a focal point, and spreads horizontally with each branch. Despite the fact that it is thorny, it can reach a towering height.

Cactus Pachypodium

Pachypodium lamerei is a flowering cactus in the Apocynaceae family. It is a type of stem succulent, photosynthesizing through its trunk. This succulent plant is native to Madagascar, and is easily identified by its large thorns and leaves on top of the plant. In addition, the flower-bearing stem is covered in large, fragrant flowers.

Cactus Pachypodiums are prone to cold damage and must be protected from it. However, they demonstrate their resilience to cold by losing leaves during the winter. Unlike other cactus species, Pachypodiums can tolerate extreme temperature conditions and require repotting every three years.

If you’re planning to grow this plant indoors, remember that it grows slowly. However, don’t forget to water it regularly, as this is necessary for healthy growth.

Most species of Pachypodium lack branches. Unlike other cacti, the stem of Pachypodium namaquanum often grows branchless. Its branchless growth style allows it to grow on rocky surfaces and in direct sunlight all day.

Although Pachypodium is closely related to Adenium, the two genera are quite different. Compared to the Adenium family, Pachypodium has stipules at the base of the leaves that develop into long rigid spines.

Cactus Pear

Cluster of Cactus plants with prickly pear fruits on top
Cactus pear has edible fruits – but be careful!

The prickly pear cactus has been a staple for thousands of years in Central America and Mexico. It has two edible parts: the prickly pear fruit and the pad. Both are edible, and the fruit has a flavor and texture similar to melon. The prickly pear cactus’ flowers are reddish-orange to yellow and measure about 2.5 inches.

The Cactus Pear is a low-growing, segmented cactus with yellow, red, or purple flowers. It can grow to about six feet in height. Its flowers are held in clusters by tiny hairlike bristles and are produced from May to June. When it’s mature, the cactus produces pads that are a thick, flat stem with tiny leaves.

Common Name Prickly pear
Botanical Name Opuntia spp.
Family Cactaceae
Plant Type Perennial, succulent
Size Fully Grown 1 to to 8 ft. height with wide spread
Sun Likes Full Sun
Soil Type Dry and sandy well-draining soil
When does it flower? June to July
Flower Colors Yellow and pink
Where does it grow? North and South America

New pads have a cluster of one to six spines and tiny hair-like bristles. When ripe, the glochids fall off and the fruit is red or purple and contains seeds embedded in a pale mucilaginous substance.

The prickly pear is edible, providing food and protection for wildlife. The fruit is usually edible but the prickly pear’s nutritional profile will vary depending on the variety. The fruits contain many vitamins and minerals and are high in fiber. They are also good sources of soluble and insoluble fiber.

In addition, they are rich in antioxidants. And while eating prickly pear fruit does pose a risk of digestive discomfort, they are safe to eat in small quantities.

Cactus Pudding

If you’re planning a party and want to make a cute dessert, try making cactus pudding. These little desserts are easy to make, use very few ingredients, and are fun to serve. They make adorable dessert tables and centerpieces. Even better, they are delicious! Make a batch and impress your guests! If you want to make the desserts even more fun, you can even decorate them!

Make the cactus by coating each Krispie cereal cactus in green-colored white chocolate. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill for 15 minutes, then work with the cactus to shape and decorate them.

For a festive dessert, you can use green food coloring, pureed spinach, or matcha powder. If you’d like to make the pudding more fancy, you can also add a few pieces of green fruit and cactus stems, and a few more cactus leaves.

You can also make a dessert using prickly pear, a cactus-like fruit. They’re not only edible, but their flavor is unlike anything else. They’re sweet, almost candied watermelon-like, and are great for making puddings. You can find prickly pear cactus in many Mexican markets and some gourmet food stores.

Cactus Spurge

A succulent, or xerophyte, is a plant whose leaves contain water. These plants grow in dry soil, but can tolerate a little moisture. They usually prefer bright light, but can tolerate partial shade.

They will need staking if they get too dry, but will not mind regular watering. However, if they are too dry, they will not look as attractive. Water them enough to keep the root ball moist.

The genus Euphorbia, or spurge, contains over two thousand species worldwide. They range from weedy annuals to trees. All have distinctive flower structures and a milky latex substance. These plants are native to Africa, where they are known as the “Cactus Spurge.”

The name is derived from a Greek surgeon, Euphorbus, who was a physician to the Romanised king Juba II. He is credited with identifying and using this plant’s milky sap for potions.

Whether the plant is used as a vegetable or medicinal treatment, it has been a popular plant throughout history. Its distinctive cone-shaped flowers resemble daisies and have a foul odor, a feature that makes it popular in the New World and throughout the Mediterranean.

It grows up to three feet tall and has many uses. The most common uses of cactus spurge are in the herbal treatment of hives and burns.

Calico Hearts

The calico heart is a succulent native to southern Africa. It grows best in the spring and fall, but can also be grown indoors. Although it is poisonous to humans and animals, calico hearts have a beneficial oil that can treat asthma and diabetes.

If you’re growing calico hearts, follow these guidelines for plant care. You should not overwater calico hearts. They require well-draining potting soil.

Propagation of Calico Hearts is easy. You can collect leaves from the plant, and plant them about one inch from the stem. Planting the leaves is easy, and they’ll callus over in a few days. Once you’ve gathered enough leaves, cut them off the stem, and lay them on a well-draining soil.

Water the leaves occasionally to keep them from drying out, and then plant them in a pot with well-draining soil. If you’re having trouble identifying the new leaves, try referring to the parent plant.

For propagating Calico Hearts, you can use leaves and stem cuttings. Make sure to remove the leaf cleanly. To ensure its survival, you should use sterilized tools and knife to cut off the leaf. The leaf will dry out and form calluses within two to three days.

Once you’ve harvested a fresh leaf, plant it in soil. It is best to place it in a sunny location, since calico hearts need good light and air circulation to survive.

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