Top 10 Asian Flowers and Their Meanings

Being such a large continent, Asia has a wide range of different climates and terrain, which results in an even wider range of native, beautiful flowers.

Some are grown all over the world as ornamental beauties, widely admired for their unique looks, and this is a testament to their adaptability, being able to thrive in conditions that they’re not necessarily designed for.

Not only are some of them absolutely captivating, they also have a lot of symbolism attached to them. Read on to discover our top 10, and what they signify.


Lotus flowers (see also Lotus Flower: Different Types, How to Grow and Plant Care) are widely admired, but they’re especially important to both Hinduism and Buddhism. While they are often confused with water lilies, lotus flowers (see also How To Grow Lotus Flowers) are a completely different plant. 

They need temperatures ranging from 50 to 90 °F in order to thrive, making them fairly undemanding plants that will treat any body of water to a really beautiful display with little effort on your part.

To both Buddhists and Hindus, the lotus flower represents rebirth, enlightenment, renewal, and purity (see also Lotus Flower Symbolism).

The further South East you go, to places like Vietnam, the more popular the Lotus flower gets. The plant itself also has a number of uses besides its beauty, both medicinal and in traditional cuisine.


This sweetly scented flower is the national flower of Laos, and while it is found all over the tropics, it’s native to South Asia, where it has a lot of symbolism attached to it. 

Flowers come in pink, white, and yellow, or all three.

Frangipani are often included in spiritual rituals, and in some parts, there’s a belief that ghosts and spirits live in these trees, and because of this, they’re sometimes thought to be bad luck.


While these stunning plants are grown all over the world, they’re native to Asia. 

Orchids will rot in conventional soil, so you need to keep them either in special orchid bark, or sphagnum moss in order to keep them happy. 

The roots need access to air and the occasional ray of light, as orchids naturally grow on tree branches and roots. They’re also very susceptible to root rot, as over-watering is this plant’s biggest killer.

The Ancient Greeks believed that orchids represented virility, but throughout history these plants have embodied luxury, love, and beauty.


Chrysanthemums are native to China, but like many gorgeous flowers, they are grown all over the world for their beauty. 

They are classed as a herb, and are used all over the world to add color and interest to gardens, as well as being a very popular cut flower.

They come in a variety of colors, some of which have been hybridized. These blooms symbolize longevity, love, and devotion.

Siamese Tulip

Curcuma alismatifolia, or the krachiao flower, the Siamese tulip is related to the ginger family, which also includes turmeric. 

This beautiful purple flower springs up at the beginning of the wet season, and is also sold as a cut flower as well as a houseplant. It’s native to Laos, Cambodia, and northern Thailand, and signifies love. 


One of the most aromatic flowers widely admired across the globe, Jasmine is often used as a gift to elders, and in temple offerings, as well as representing a mother’s love for her children. 

In other parts of the world, Jasmine has a more sultry connotation, due to its heavy role in perfume and cosmetics. 


When you think of a hibiscus flower, you might think of the golden beaches of Hawaii. While you wouldn’t be wrong, these lovely flowers are also native to Asia, and come in a rainbow’s worth of colors. 

Hibiscus flowers themselves signify wealth, fame, and glory, but the kind that are short-lived, as these blooms don’t last long at all.


Azaleas flower in early spring, and the blooms are produced in a range of colors. 

The display these plants put on last for several weeks at a time, depending on the weather, and represent joy and good luck.

Cherry Blossom

One of the cornerstones of Japanese culture, cherry blossoms explode into color in early spring, which numerous festivals celebrate. 

People travel from all over the world to view the gorgeous blossoms, and ornamental cherry blossoms are becoming popular trees across the globe. 

Cherry blossoms are usually a soft pink or white, and represent renewal, hope, and new beginnings, as well as enjoying life as it is, before it changes or fades.


Peonies date back to at least 1000BC in China, and embody honor, wealth, and nobility.

Which Asian Flowers are Suitable for Your Garden?

The plants listed above are some of the most versatile Asian flowers you can grow. 

Most have been grown all over the world, so it is possible to grow them outside their natural habitat. The majority of these plants can be grown outside in much cooler climates, and will easily adapt.

The more tender plants, such as the orchid and the Siamese tulip, would need to be kept as a houseplant as they are less hardy. 

It will be easier to mimic the conditions they’ve adapted to if you keep them indoors, as you can control the environment much easier. 

Whether you choose to have some of these lovely flowers as houseplants, or enjoy them as cut flowers, or even grow some of them outdoors, there’s a captivating Asian flower for every season and occasion, as these are truly special flowers.

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