Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Clarisse Walters
What Is a Plant That Starts With S?
One of the most common plants that start with S is Sabra Spike Sage (Salvia confertiflora). It is a tender perennial plant boasting scalloped dark green leaves with a lance shape and is 8 inches long.
Despite the foul odor, the plant bears lovely scarlet orange blossoms that ride above the foliage from mid-summer to frost. They release a pungent smell if you bruise them.
The flowers and their stalks have silky reddish-brown hair. Here are some fantastic facts and growing conditions for sabra spike sage.
- It is native to Brazil.
- It grows as annual in cooler regions, and it is hardy to zone 9.
- It enjoys well-draining sand, loam, or chalk with a neutral, acidic, or alkaline pH.
- It prefers full sun but can survive light shade and requires regularly watering.
- It is resistant to deer and drought, but its beautiful showy flowers attract birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
- It attains a mature size of 4 to 8 inches in height and width and blooms from mid-summer to fall.
Common Flower Names That Start With S
If you study all the flowers gracing the land in different seasons, you will find many of them, starting with the letter S. Some are perennial while others are annual. Below are some examples of flowers beginning with S.
- Southern blue flag (Iris virginica)
- St. john’s wort plant (Hypericum perforatum)
- Shining blue star flower (Amsonia illustris. Apocynaceae)
- Scarlet rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus)
- Shooting star flower (Primula sect. Dodecatheon)
- Scarlet hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus coccineus)
- Sand dollar cactus flower (Astrophytum asterias)
- Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla “Jack Frost”)
- Silver Torch Cactus (Cleistocactus strausii)
- Small globe thistle (Echinops ritro “Veitch’s Blue”)
- Small leaf spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis)
- Smoke Tree (Cotinus Coggygria)
Annual Flowers That Start With S
Striking, sumptuous, stunning, and sweet are adjectives that describe the awesome blossoms that start with S. If you are looking for striking annual flowers, you cannot miss these beautiful blossoms that begin with S.
Spider flower (Cleome hassleriana)
It is a fast-growing annual with aromatic foliage with palmate green leaves that have a spine below each leaf. Rising above this foliage are loose balls of sweetly scented blossoms with stunning long stamens that give the flower a spider-like appearance. The flowers develop into thin pods that later split open to disperse seeds.
Here are some facts about spider flowers.
- It thrives, achieving a mature size of 90 to 180 cm in height and 30 to 60 cm in width
- It appreciates well-drained neutral, alkaline, or acidic sand, chalk, or loam
- It does best in full sun but can tolerate light shade
- It is tolerant to drought and rabbits and attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds
- It flaunts pink, white, or purple blooms throughout summer and fall
- It is a low-maintenance plant requiring low to average watering
Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
It is a little annual plant that spreads fast to fill the space with delightfully scented flowers. The unique property of this plant is that it can grow ideally from containers, hanging baskets, and rocky gardens, and it is an ideal ground cover.
Below are must know facts about sweet alyssum.
- It does best in well-drained sand, chalk, or loam with medium moisture and neutral, alkaline, or acidic pH
- It appreciates full to partial sun
- Under the right conditions, it attains a mature height of 15 to 30 cm in height and 25 to 60 cm in width and blooms in spring, summer, and fall
- It is resistant to drought, dry soil, and deer and attracts butterflies
Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
It is a climbing annual famous for the sweet scent of its lovely blooms. It produces flowers in a broad array of attractive shades. Take a look at these amazing facts about the sweet pea flower.
- It requires low maintenance and low to medium watering
- It grows better in well-draining sand or loam that is rich in humus and medium moisture and acidic, neutral, or alkaline pH
- It prefers full sun to bloom but can tolerate some shade
- It attains a mature size of 20 to 240 cm in height and 60 to 90 cm in width and blossoms in late spring, all summer, and fall
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
It is also known as the common sunflower, and it is a tall annual with large hairy leaves of oval or heart shapes. It bears a conspicuous flower of about 30 cm across with large yellow petals and a dark chocolate disc at the center. In fall and winter, the central disc bears sunflower seeds that mostly act as food for birds.
Here are incredible facts about the common sunflower.
- It is a low-maintenance plant requiring low to moderate watering
- It thrives best in moderately fertile, well-drained loam, sand, chalk, or clay with alkaline or neutral pH
- It prefers full sun
- It blooms in mid and late summer at mature size of 3 to 10 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide
- It is deer-resistant and attracts bees, butterflies, and birds
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
It is also called false saffron, and it is a branching annual that flaunts an abundance of orange or yellow thistle-like blossoms. The blooms are 1 inch across and have surrounding spiny green bracts. Many farmers grow the plant for the dye the flowers produce and the oil from the seeds.
Here are must know facts about safflower.
- It is a low-maintenance plant thriving best in well-drained loam or sand with a neutral, acidic, or alkaline pH
- It needs low to moderate watering
- It flourishes in full sun exposure or any light
- It is drought-tolerant.
Other annual flowers include snapdragons and salvia.
What Do You Do with Snapdragons in the Winter?
A snapdragon is winter hardy, a fact most gardeners do not know. The perfect time to plant these plants is when day temperatures range between 60 to 75 degrees and night ranges from 50 to 55 degrees. To make them last longer, water them well during cold spells and add some pine straw mulch.
When the cold temperatures of winter set in, you need to mulch the snapdragons with pine straws until the frost passes. In addition, as much as they are cold tolerant, they cannot survive an extreme freeze. It would be best to cut them back severely and mulch well so that they can regrow after winter.
What Is the Best Time to Grow Sunflower?
Spring is the ideal time to plant sunflower seeds. Wait until the season is almost ending when the ground warms up. Most sunflower seeds require about 70 to 85 degrees F soil temperature to germinate.
For the seeds to germinate at this temperature, they need to be already in the soil slightly before then, around 60 to 70 degrees F for best results. Most regions attain this temperature about three weeks after the frost.
Perennials That Start With S
If you are looking for beauty that comes back every year, perennial flowers might be your answer. Many of them grace the land in different seasons, both as wildflowers or garden blooms. Below are some perennials that start with S.
|Common name||Botanical name||Bloom season|
|Scarlet sage||Salvia splendens||It blossoms in summer into fall|
|Scotch heather||Calluna vulgaris||It produces mauve, white, or purple flowers from mid-summer to early-fall|
|Shasta daisy||Leucanthemum × superbum||It flowers from July to September|
|Sea pink||Armeria maritima||Native to southern and central Europe, sea pink blooms from late spring to summer|
|Scented Geranium||Pelargonium graveolens||It bears blossoms in a wide range of shades like white, lilac, red, pink, or from spring to fall.|
|Showy Colchium||Colchicum speciosum||It blooms in early fall.|
Where Is the Best Place to Plant Salvias?
Salvias thrive best in hardiness zones 8 to 12. They prefer moist, well-drained sand, loam, or chalk with a neutral, alkaline, or acidic pH and moderately fertile. They require full sun exposure for maximum blooming, but they can withstand some shade.
They are low-maintenance plants excellent for beds and borders and ideal for cottage or coastal gardens. Once established, they can tolerate drought.
What Is Scented Geranium Good For?
Scented geranium is grown for its beauty and other uses, including health benefits.
- Fresh leaves are ideal for garnish and decoration
- They are also good in sweet dishes like cakes
- Some people use them in sweet vinegar recipes
- They can be excellent when making jelly
- Scented geranium tea helps reduce stress and anxiety
- The plant’s essential oils are ideal for aromatherapy, insect repellants, astringents, and perfumes
- The herbal tea is also a skin remedy excellent for acne and pimples due to its antibacterial properties
- Ingesting scented geranium helps with stomach upsets, headaches, and diarrhea
- Dropping a few leaves in a bottle of witch hazel makes a perfect toner for a problematic skin
Is Sumac a Flower?
Sumac (Rhus) is a family of flowering plants comprising various evergreen and deciduous trees, woody vines, and shrubs. Some shrubs like smooth sumac are a perfect choice for gardens, especially if you want a display of blooms in June. It is also an excellent attraction for birds.