There are about thirty different varieties of orange flowers worldwide. All these flowers come in various shades of orange and spruce up the environment with beauty.
Each orange flower variety requires special care to spring up in harmony and bloom to its maximum. Please consider your zone and climate when choosing an orange blossom for your garden.
What Is the Name of an Orange Flower?
Marigold (Tagetes spp.) is the most commonly known orange flowering plant. It is an annual flower native to southern North America.
It flaunts fern-like foliage and lovely warm shades that make it excellent for any bedding flower garden. There are different types of marigolds that bear flowers of varying sizes and shapes.
Some marigolds like signet can have flowers as tiny as a single petal, while others, like the African marigold, have large 4-inch blooms. Marigolds belong to the aster family, and their flowers have daisy-like characteristics. Here are some facts about marigolds.
- A mature marigold plant can be 4 to 48 inches tall and 6 to 24 inches wide
- They thrive best in hardiness zones 2 to 11 USDA and all other annual zones
- They can flourish in any well-drained soil with even moisture and slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0
- They bloom best in full sun as shady conditions lead to plants becoming leggy and reducing the blooms
- The lovely blooms appear in summer
30 Most popular orange flowers
What Wild Flowers Are Orange?
Orange is a rare color when it comes to wildflowers. Most of the varieties you might find will have a tinge of another color shade.
There are, however, some unique orange wildflowers that trigger the feeling of summer and fall with their beauty. Yet, some will still bloom in spring. Orange flowering perennials are the best wild summer bloomers.
The following are some orange wildflowers.
- Palmer’s Indian Mallow (Abutilon palmeri)
It is a round, medium-sized shrub in the mallow family that grows with slender branches. It flaunts soft velvet-like grey-green leaves and bright orange blooms with dark calyx, and they start blooming in spring and extent until fall. It is native to north-western Mexico and the southwestern united states.
- Desert mariposa lily (Calochortus kennedyi)
It is a tall and slender perennial shrub of the lily family. It has waxy grass-like leaves and deep-orange to yellow-orange blooms, making some people consider it the most beautiful desert flower. It has short stems that bear umbel-like clusters of 1 to 6 three-petaled lovely bell-shaped flowers. It blooms in March, April, and May.
- Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora)
It is a leafy and stiff summer green or evergreen perennial that grows from underground rhizomes. It has firm sword-like leaves that rise from the base, grow erect to curve above, and have a visible mid vein. It displays orange, yellow, or red tubular blooms from mid-summer through mid-fall, and the flowers last for five weeks.
Table – Here are more orange wildflowers with their scientific names
|Common name||Scientific name||Bloom time|
|Butterfly weed||Asclepias tuberosa||It displays clusters of yellow-orange to bright orange blooms, 2 to 5 inches across, on top of a flowering stem. It blooms in summer, from June to August.|
|Jewelweed||Impatiens capensis||It bears 1-inch-long cornucopia-shaped bloom in shades of orange to orange-yellow with brown spots. Each flower hangs from a leaf axil on a single stem. It blooms from June until frost.|
|Flame azalea||Rhododendron calendulaceum||It produces funnel-shaped non-fragrant orange flowers from June to July. Some varieties bear red or yellow blooms.|
|Wood lily||Lilium philadelphicum||It displays orange or orange-red blooms from June to July.|
|Scarlet globemallow||Sphaeralcea coccinea||It displays a profusion of deep-orange to orange-red blooms from May to June.|
Orange Flowers Names and Pictures
When looking for gorgeous flowers for different seasons, you will never run out of choice with orange. From pale-orange to deep-orange and orange bicolored blooms. Below are some fantastic options for orange blossoms.
- Lion’s tail (Leonotis leonurus)
Also called the wild dagga, the lion’s tail is a broadleaf shrub native to South Africa. It is famous for its ornamental value and uses as a traditional remedy. Like other plants in the mint family, it has significant medicinal properties. It has a high level of marrubiin compound, an excellent antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.
Here are interesting facts about the lion’s tail plant.
- It grows to a mature height of 4 to 6 feet
- It thrives best in hardiness zones 8 to 11 USDA
- It performs best in medium, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Loamy or sandy soils are excellent
- It flourishes in full sun, but some shade will produce the best blooms
- It is a seasonal bloomer, and its bloom time may vary
- It has bright orange flowers that attract birds and butterflies
- Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
It is an evergreen, low-maintenance perennial with large, broad, grey-green leaves with long stalks. The leaves arise from the base on an underground rhizome or stem and contrast perfectly with its beautifully crested blooms that emerge from a horizontal pink and green beak-shaped spathe. It produces bright orange and vivid blue flowers in succession to resemble the crest on a bird’s head.
- A mature plant is about 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
- It prefers moist, well-drained soil with alkaline, neutral, or acidic pH
- It can bloom in full sun or partial shade
- It requires little watering in winter
- The gorgeous blooms appear in spring, early summer, fall, and winter
- Orange lilies (Lilium bulbiferum)
Orange lily is a low-maintenance hardy perennial popular for its lovely showy blooms and native to Asia. You can plant these lilies in spring after the soil warms up or in early fall, about six weeks before the first frost in your region. Their growth habit is rapid, and they are invasive in some areas.
- An orange lily plant can grow about 2 to 2.5 feet in height and width
- It loves moist, well-drained, acidic, or neutral soil
- It performs best in hardiness zones 3 to 9
- It requires full sun to produce the lovely orange blooms in summer
- It is toxic to cats
- Orange tulip ginger (Costus curvibracteatus)
It is an herbaceous perennial with oval, glossy green foliage and ruby red spiky cones that bear flowers. It is also called the red ginger button or Indian head ginger, native to Central America.
- It grows 3 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
- It grows best in hardiness zones 9 to 11
- It thrives in moist, well-drained neutral to acidic soil
- It blooms best in partial sun and partial shade
- It displays its yellow-orange blooms in summer
- Common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Sneezeweed is also called Helen’s flower, a perennial flower native to North America. It grows best in the low-lying meadows and wet woodland edges. It is easy to identify the flowers from their dainty petals and protruding central dome.
- They thrive best in hardiness zones 3 to 8
- They grow about 2 to 5 feet tall
- They produce red, coppery brown, orange, yellow, and gold flowers, but the exclusive orange varieties include Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, ‘Loysder Wieck,’ and Helenium Kokarde.’
- It loves moist, well-drained soil with acidic to neutral pH of 5.5 to 7.0
- They require full sun exposure, at least 6 hours daily; otherwise, the plant will get leggy
- They bloom in late summer and fall
Plant with Long Green Leaves and Orange Flowers
Montbretia plant flaunts long sword-like green leaves and orange blooms that appear in summer and fall. Some varieties bear red, yellow, or fiery scarlet flowers.
The tubular blossoms attract hummingbirds and develop into seed pods that attract birds that feed on the seeds. It has eight species and various hybrids, all native to South Africa.
How Do You Grow Orange Cosmos?
Orange cosmos, also called yellow cosmos, is an annual flowering plant that bears yellow-orange blooms with a yellow center. It is drought-tolerant and requires little water since it does not appreciate water-logged soil.
- Orange cosmos love poor, infertile soil. Adding fertilizers might make the plant leggy
- Grow the plant in well-draining neutral to slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0
- It blooms best in full sun exposure
- A mature plant is about 7 feet tall
- Under the right conditions, orange cosmos flaunts its lovely blooms from summer to late autumn
Is Orange Cosmos a Perennial?
Cosmos is an herbaceous perennial that grows as an annual plant in some regions, but the orange cosmos is an annual flower. Depending on the variety, a mature plant can be between 1 to 7 feet tall. The most common cosmos cultivars are Cosmos sulphureus and Cosmos bipinnatus, non-winter hardy annuals.
Orange cosmos is an improvement of Cosmos sulphureus and, therefore, an annual flower. It is also called cosmic orange, and it blooms in summer and fall. It flaunts semi-double bright orange blossoms about 5 cm across.
How Tall Does an Orange Cosmos Grow?
A typical orange cosmos plant grows up to 7 feet tall. Some short varieties grow about 3 to 4 feet tall. The miniature varieties ‘Ladybird’ and ‘Sunny’ attain a mature height of one to one and a half feet.