What Are These Purple Flowers Called?

Can you name these purple flowers?
What is the name of these purple flowers?

List of purple plants

  1. Ornamental onion
  2. Speedwell
  3. False indigo
  4. Petunia
  5. Aster (sapphire Mist)
  6. Sweet alyssum
  7. Iris
  8. Sweet pea
  9. Lilac
  10. Bellflower
  11. Geranium
  12. Blazing star (Floristan Violet)
  13. Clematis (sweet summer love)
  14. Salvia
  15. Verbena

The purple flowers names and pictures in this post represent a small percentage of the huge number of plants with purple flowers in the natural world.

From the purple spike plant to the dark purple flowers of the clustered bellflower, purple flowers images for many people give purple flowers meaning beyond the simple visual pleasure.

Video – What are these purple flowers?

What are some common purple flowers called?

Purple flowers names and pictures

Tall purple flowers names and pictures

Coneflowers and Verbena are common examples.

Tall purple flower names - Verbena and Coneflower
Coneflower and Verbenatall flowers with purple blooms

Purple perennial flower identification – List of purple plants

  1. Lungwort (Pulmonaria species)
  2. Lavender (Lavandula species)
  3. Clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata)
  4. Lalla aster (Symphyotrichum x ‘Lalla’)
  5. Wood phlox (Phlox divaricata)
  6. Vervain (Verbena stricta)
  7. Salvia (Salvia nemorosa)
  8. Monkshood (Aconitum napellus or A. carmichaelli)
  9. Spike speedwell (Veronica spicata)
  10. False indigo (Baptisia australis)
  11. Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus)
  12. Blazing star (Liatris spicata)
  13. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum ‘Blue Fortune’)
  14. Russell blue lupine (Lupinus ‘Russell Blue’)
  15. Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  16. Bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis)
  17. Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)
  18. German bearded iris (Iris germanica)
  19. Pikes Peak beardstongue (Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pikes Peak Purple’)
  20. Millenium flowering onion (Allium ‘Millenium’)
  21. Purple-leaved spiderwort (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Queen’)

Plant Identification Manual PDF

Out of all the possible colors flowers purple is perhaps the most interesting. It’s a combination of several other colors, both warm and cold, evoking mysterious meanings and emotions. Whatever the connotations, emotions run deep with purple.

Some purple perennials that bloom all summer include:

  • Perennial Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Coneflower
  • Phlox
  • Coreopsis
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Black-eyed Susan

Tall purple perennials such as Tatarian aster really make a splash in the garden and is a must when choosing purple plants outdoors. Purple perennial flowers are generally easy to care for and keep coming back every year. What more could you want! This Texas purple flower brings color and life to any garden.

Taterian aster blooms with tall purple flowers every year
Tall perennial with purple blooms – Taterian Aster

Plants with purple flowers

Small purple flowers are a great addition to the garden, particularly along borders mixed with lighter colored flowers. Choosing a tall variety is a good idea, as the blooms can be cut and arranged as a fabulous spray indoor to add fragrance and a splash of purple to complement any decor.

Table – Purple flowers and their scientific names

Common NameScientific NameOther details
IrisIrisLike the full sun. They need plenty of sun (over 6 hours/day) to bloom well. Bearded irises need to be planted in their own bed, and not in the shade of other plants
Sweet PeaLathyrus odoratusPlant in rich, well-drained soil. If planted in the North, full sun is OK. If in the South, it’s best to have some afternoon shade. They like to be cool.
LilacSyringaPlant Lilacs in slightly alkaline, well-drained but moist soil. They need 6 to 8 hours of sun per day to bloom.
ClematisClematisNeutral to slightly alkaline soil. Plenty of sun – similar conditions as Lilacs

Purple flowers meaning

I may surprise you to know that all flowers have a symbolic meaning which varies according to country and culture. Deep purples are particularly strong in this respect.

Purple flowers meaning death include Black Roses, Hyacinths and Violets. The death meaning is often associated with sorrow, regret and loss of a love one.

Purple flower meaning in relationships is a symbol of magic, abundance and deep, deep feelings. If given to someone as a gift, it represents great affection and commitment to a relationship and deep trust.

Purple flowers meaning in bible can mean different things. For example, traditionally Jesus has been portrayed in purple robes and so the color is associated with deep spiritual significance. In the physical world, purple denotes royalty and dignity.

Purple flower spiritual meaning is slightly different, signifying interior peace, balanced harmony, honor towards others, respect for living things, and a spiritual awareness of connectedness throughout the universe.

Purple flowers meaning in a dream can indicate future good fortune, with emphasis on dignity and royalty, either for the dreamer or someone closely associated with them.

Flower color meanings chart

Flower colorMeaning
RedLove and passion, particularly roses colored deep red.
PurpleRoyalty and deep feelings towards another, often romantic love but can be loyalty and admiration.
YellowA symbol of lasting friendship through all things. Represents happiness, lightness and joy.
OrangeBoldness, excitement, enthusiasm – for a new day, relationship or project, orange is the color!
WhiteDenotes chastity, innocence and purity. Often used predominantly at weddings and baptisms.
BlueSymbolizes relaxation, tranquility and peace. Is said to promote calmness and reduce stress.
Table – What do flower colors mean?

Small purple flowers

Some small purple flowers like Lilac are pretty and delicate, while others such as Henbit, are considered invasive and can quickly spoil your beautiful lawn. Everything has it’s place, but invasive species need to be kept under control id you want enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor!

Questions often asked about Purple Flowers

What are tall purple flowers called?

Verbena and Salvia are two well-known examples of tall purple flowers. Hardy Hibiscus grows up to 8 feet tall and has a purple variation.

Tall purple flower called Hibiscus
Hibiscus flowers are a particularly tall variety of plant

What is the most popular purple flower?

While Lilacs come to mind, it’s often the large purple globes of the Allium varieties that people love to have in their gardens. These blooms can be 6 inches across and the stems are quite tall, so command attention (you can’t miss them) and they are quite easy to grow.

What’s the prettiest purple flower?

There are many contenders for the prettiest purple flower competition, from the Lilac to daisy varieties, but for me it’s the Lily of the Nile (African Lily). The delicate flowers sits atop a long and slender stem which shouts out ‘elegance’ and ‘regality’. The bloom is light purple and delicate – just like a flower should be!

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