Green flowers are valued for their rarity. It’s not often that plants produce flowers in this color, as they’ve evolved to attract pollinators using a wide range of colors.
That’s not to say that naturally green flowers aren’t pollinated – but they’re usually pollinated a different way, like wind pollination.
Those that are pollinated by pollinators tend to be colors that we’ve created through hybridization, like the green rose, although there are some natural examples.
Some green flowers are more difficult to care for than flowers in other colors. But some, like the green Gerbera, or the Chrysanthemum, are just as easy in green as they are in other colors.
Scroll down to discover 21 varieties of green flowers, all great options for creating a remarkable display in your garden.
Zinnias are annual plants, and come in single, double, or semi-double flowers. While zinnias come in a wide range of colors that can even be bicolored.
Lime green zinnias are available, as well as a bicolored variety which is lime and purple, which makes for a unique flower.
Zinnias are very easy to care for. Once you’ve sown the seeds, they don’t require much care, except for some careful watering in hotter weather.
It’s worth mentioning that they’re quite tolerant to drought, so don’t worry if you forget!
They’re perfect for brightening up any spare patch of soil, or filling containers to the brim with perfect displays of colors.
Chrysanthemums are widely admired for their architectural petals, and while they can come in a huge variety of colors and different shapes, green chrysanthemums are among the most striking.
Unlike the green zinnia, the green chrysanthemum will flower year after year, treating your garden to a big display.
While most are autumn-flowering in their native conditions, you’ll need to plant them in spring once the temperatures have started to rise, so they can get a head start.
While all orchids look unusual to some degree, the cymbidium orchid has a step-up with its unusual color.
These orchids are a little more complicated to care for than some of the other blooms on that list, but don’t let that put you off. It’s worth it.
They’re often used as corsages, bouquets, and table centerpieces, and it’s not hard to imagine why.
Like most orchids, the cymbidium orchid doesn’t tolerate full sun, though this orchid also needs colder temperatures in order to thrive.
Gerberas are admired for their stunning blooms which have a countless amount of petals, but also because they’re flowers which last for a much longer time than others, depending on the conditions they’re grown in.
No matter your planting scheme, they’ll look good in any part of your garden, and attract a plethora of pollinators, which will also help the other plants in your garden.
Gerberas come in both hardy and tender varieties of perennial, so if you do live in a colder region, you can either pick the hardier varieties, or treat the tender cultivars as an annual.
Normally when we think of carnations, we picture the delicate flowers in pink, white, or red, but carnations also come in green, and sometimes blue. They’re also known as Dianthus caryophyllus.
Carnations have always been popular flowers, and so we don’t know where they originally came from, though there’s been guesses to the Mediterranean, but there’s no concrete evidence so far.
They do feature heavily in paintings and mythology, and have had a wide range of uses, including using the heavy fragrance in vinegar and in wine and beer.
Jack in the Pulpit
One of the more unusual flowers on this list, it also carries a few curious names. The bog onion, brown dragon, or Arisaema triphyllum, are native to the eastern North American damp woodlands.
They look a little like the calla lily, with the flower petals (the “pulpit”) surrounding a large spadix (“Jack”), though these flowers are taller, and feature white stripes. The plant itself can reach 3 feet tall.
It’s worth noting that this plant attracts fungus gnats to pollinate the flowers, and while you can grow this plant indoors, you don’t want to attract gnats to your other houseplants, because this could kill them easily.
Also known as Nicotiana, the flowering tobacco plant comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Most cultivars smell at night, and attract many moths in order to pollinate the plant.
Green flowers are available in most types of nicotiana, of which, the ‘Lime Green’ variety has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
They’re mainly hardy, but they need to be planted out of the reach of pets and children, as the plants are toxic. Most varieties of nicotiana are annuals, but you can get perennial varieties too.
Dahlias come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, but a lime green dahlia is not to be missed.
Depending on the variety, they’ll usually bloom from midsummer all the way to autumn, and mostly require full sun and well-draining soil in order to thrive.
It is mostly a myth that they need to be watered constantly – these gorgeous plants will mainly take care of themselves if you don’t baby them, as most are native to Mexico.
Achemilla mollis, or Lady’s Mantle, is a perennial which has been used for years in soap making and to make lotions.
It’s a plant fitting for any cottage-style garden, and has very delicate, small green flowers. They’re often considered a weed, but like many weeds, this plant has its uses and the looks to show for it.
They’ll contrast well against large flowering plants, such as lilies or roses.
Celosia cristata, or cockscomb, is an interesting plant in its own right.
They’re annual plants, and are quite demanding when it comes to soil nutrients. They’re easy to grow, and need full sun and moderate watering in order to keep them healthy.
If you prefer, you can also grow them indoors. They’ve been planted near temples for years, widely admired for their ornate and unusual appearance.
While there are many unique-looking tulips on the market, green tulips are among the most special.
Tulips bloom in spring, and are fairly undemanding. The main thing to ensure is that they need soil that drains freely, so the bulbs have no chance of rotting.
They also like full sun where they can get it, in a sheltered position where the wind can’t blow away the petals before they’re ready to fall.
The height and spread of tulips widely depends on the variety chosen, but many people agree that the more tulips you have, the better your display will look.
Tropical Lady’s Slipper Orchid
One of the less demanding orchids, the lady’s slipper also has a unique shape, as the name might suggest!
It’s part of the Paphiopedilum orchid family, and these plants grow larger than some orchids.
They require careful watering in order to sustain the plant, but not too much to result in root rot.
Also known as Lenten roses, as they often flower during Lent. Hellebores are native to Greece and Turkey, and are very easy plants to hybridize.
They’re also fairly undemanding when it comes to planting conditions. They prefer to be in woodland-like conditions, under shade and in well-draining soil.
They’re perennials, and they spread fairly easily, so if you prefer, you can split them to make more and put them in other areas of your garden.
Green is one of the most readily available colors, unlike most plants on this list, and can even be bi-colored.
Bells of Ireland
Moluccella laevis, or the bells of Ireland, features tall clusters of cup-shaped flowers.
They’re relatively easy to care for, and symbolize good luck. They’re fast growing plants, which can reach a height of 3.2 feet.
Sometimes confused with carnations, which are a type of Dianthus, there is another type which is Dianthus barbatus, or the sweet William.
‘Green Ball’ dianthus comes as an annual as well as a perennial, and produces globes of lime green flowers, which are heavily scented.
Part of the Euphorbia family as Euphorbia characias, or Mediterranean spurge, this is a versatile plant which produces green flowers with red “eyes”.
These are easy-growing shrubs which flower in spring, and resist long spells of drought as well as temperatures down to 14 °F, and tolerates high salt levels within soil.
Calla lilies, or Zantedeschia, produce a lot of trumpet-shaped flowers, and many of them come in different hues of green, as well as dark purple, pink, and white, among others.
They will happily survive outdoors and indoors, though they like a lot of water and regular feeding in order to continually produce flowers.
They’re best kept in pots, as they are considered to be invasive, and harm native plants in order to thrive. In Western Australia, they’ve been declared a threat to the native plants.
They’re also grown for the cut flower market, where they make great accents to any bouquet, or lovely displays by themselves.
While hydrangeas in any color are very ornate and add value to any garden, green hydrangeas are especially interesting.
They provide a stunning contrast to the foliage, the flowers appearing in a pom-pom shape, growing in large clusters from a single bud.
Yes, they exist! Green roses are very unusual, and not just because of the color.
Not a recent discovery by any means, a German poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe discovered flowers which were actually true leaves, instead of the usual flower organs.
Sometimes this is caused by disease, or stressing the plant with hot weather or unusual watering, which can cause a hormone imbalance in the plant.
These characteristics are cultivated in Rosa chinensis ‘Viridiflora’, which is the green rose.
They’re often used in bouquets to give an unusual touch to any flower arrangement, and to offset the vivid colors found in the other flowers.
Ranunculus are very popular flowers with delicate, paper-like petals. While they come in a range of bright colors, the green ranunculus is among one of the most striking.
They’re not hugely hardy plants, so you can either plant them when the risk of frost is over, or begin them indoors and wait until they’re bigger, to gradually introduce them to the outside weather.
This has to be done in stages, so you don’t shock them! Put them outside in a sheltered position for a couple of hours, and then bring them indoors again.
Gradually increase the amount of time they’re outside for, and before you know it, they’ll be ready to be planted outside.
Gladioli are striking perennials which grow tall spikes of flowers in many shades, but green is by far the most striking.
They are both perfect in borders and in containers or as cut flowers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Green Flower Represent?
Green flowers symbolize good health, youth, luck, and a unique beauty, making them an ideal gift for any occasion.
Why are Green Flowers not as Vivid as Other Colors?
Some green flowers are almost neon in color, like the Euphorbias, but others are less bright. It depends on the species of flower itself, and what purpose it’s fulfilling – whether they are used to attract pollinators, or they’re pollinated by other methods.
Why are some flowers green?
Some flowers are green to attract specific pollinators, some rely on scent alone to attract the right kind of insects, so they don’t need what we see as bright colors in order to attract them.
It’s worth mentioning that how we see color in flowers is completely different to how insects see them!
It largely depends on the variety, but many flowers have been hybridized to produce green blooms, simply because we like them!
Despite their relative rarity, green flowers are very popular, and are prized throughout the world for their beauty. They also help contrast other hues, creating magnificent displays of color in your garden.