Want your home or workplace to look inviting? Flowers to the rescue! Asides their ornamental qualities, flowers enhance productivity and creativity. Some even have medicinal and culinary purposes.
And some are all – decorative, medicinal, and culinary. It is even great when you combine different types of flowers. Below are 30 flowers that start with the letter A; you can choose which suits your homes, workspace, and gardens from the list.
A flowering plant commonly known as a mimosa, Acacia belongs to the Fabaceae family. The flowers are small and pale yellow and can sometimes be white or gold.
Acacia is grown globally but is mainly favored in Australia, where it is also called wattles. While its fragrance is used in manufacturing perfumes, its seed is used for several edibles as it is nutritional.
Acanthus is a perennial plant also known as the bear’s breeches. Originating from the family of Acanthaceae, it has about 30 species.
Some people regard it as a flower of immortality or coming to life as it grows quickly and survives drought. It is also an architectural plant as its leaves and flowers are used in different designs and motifs. It usually comes in shades of purple, pink, and white.
3. Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)
Achillea millefolium is a flowering plant grown mainly in native North America. This perennial plant is known for its attraction to pollinators, especially butterflies, and it grows with little or no supervision.
Other names include yarrow or common yarrow, poor man’s pepper, carpenter’s weed, fern leaf yarrow, gornaldo, and thousand leaves. The flower, which has a feathery shape and shades of yellow, red, white, purple, orange, and pink, symbolizes everlasting love
4. Adam’s Needle (Yucca Filamentosa)
Adam’s needle is native to north southern America. It features long, slender, spear-shaped, and evergreen leaves in a basal rosette. In other words, its leaves appear stuck to the ground.
From the shrub leaves comes a long stem that carries a cluster of white flowers. Its dramatic look makes it to be cultivated as ornaments. Its fruit, flowers, and stems are edible. This flowering plant blooms within spring and mid-summer.
5. African Boxwood
Commonly known as Myrsine Africana, African Boxwood is indigenous to southern and eastern Africa. It belongs to the family of Primulaceae and is tolerant of drought and water-based soil.
While growing, it firstly appears in purple, then later matures to glossy deep green leaves with cream-colored flowers. While its female features purple berries, the male has red anthers. It is used for making hedges and the sectioning of gardens.
Also known as Lily of the Nile or African lily, Agapanthus is an ornate perennial flower peculiar to southern Africa.
With about six to ten species identified, it has green basal leaves and a cluster of funnel-shaped flowers held by long and tiny stalks. Its colors are purple, blue, and white. Agapanthus is medicinal as it is used in curing numerous illnesses.
Also known as floss flowers, the name Ageratum is derived from a Greek word, ‘a geras’, which translates as non-aging. The name indicates the strength of the flower as it grows easily without much care.
The annual plant is one of the best blue flowers. However, it can also come in purple, pink, white, or lavender. Its shortness makes it suitable for edging. There are up to fifteen tubular florets hosted by each of its clusters. Its pleasant fragrance makes it one of the best cut flowers.
Did you know that there’s a flower also called ornamental onions? Its name is Allium, one of the underappreciated perennials. Belonging to the same family of garlic and onion, allium flowers are known for their beautiful cut flowers and bouquet.
It boasts a long stem ending with a cluster of flowers in the appearance of an exploded firework. It comes mainly in purplish pink but can also be in white, blue, and yellow. It can be used to signify prosperity and unity.
9. Almond Blossom
Being a deciduous tree with an aesthetic look, Almond Blossom is popular with artists such as Vincent Gogh and Dale Chihuly.
The flowering tree is cultivated for its aesthetic look, honey, and nutty taste. It indicates courage, and in Greek mythology, it symbolizes undying love. Being in shades of white, pink, and magenta, it is common among the Jews.
10. Aloe Succotrina
Aloe Succotrina is an attractive flowering plant peculiar to the western cape. Also known as Turkish aloes, Zanzibar aloe, and Mocha aloe, it sports stiff, fair, or greyish green leaves that a dense rosette. These leaves are enclosed in rough whitish edges, and the flowers are flamboyant in a deep orange-red color.
Alstroemeria is an herbaceous perennial plant commonly known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas. This plant is well known for its lively colors, making it one of the most common ornamental flowers.
It has a long-vase life of up to two weeks. Being a symbol of friendship, this plant comes in white, orange, pink, purple, yellow, red, or a mixture of two or more colors.
Alyssum is from the cabbage/mustard family. It can also be called the sweet alyssum, which has a pleasant honey-like smell.
Alyssum is a perfect choice for bedding because of its carpet-like appearance. When it matures, it sports long and narrow green leaves and flowers with four petals which can be red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange.
13. Amaranthus Hypochondriac
Also known as the prince of wales feather or prince’s feather, this non-toxic plant is native to Mexico. Usually cultivated because of its showy flowers, it is suitable for dried and cut flowers. The flower which blooms during summer has a cluster of flowers forming an inflorescence in red or burgundy.
Amaryllis is a flowering plant native to southern Africa where it is commonly called the belladonna lilies. It starts as a single bulb that later opens into two or more trumpet-like blooms. It comes in various colors, such as pink, red, white, and orange. To the Victorians, the plant symbolizes strength and determination.
Ambrosia is derived from the Greek word “food of the gods.” This plant, also known as Ragweeds, belongs to the sunflower family. It has a footing in Greek mythology as well as the Victorian. Often confused with wormwoods, Ambrosia exists in many colors, including yellow, pink, purple, white, mauve, and cream.
16. American Ash
American ash, also known as white ash or “tree of life,” is a deciduous flowering tree native to North Carolina. With about 65 species in existence, it is said to be a tree that represents the beginning of humanity.
Its thread-like flowers are in cream, light green, and purple colors. American ash, called the ash tree, symbolizes success and humanity.
17. Amur Adonis
Amur Adonis, also called Adonis Vernalis, or pheasant eye, is an annual flowering plant that blooms yearly. The name has a Greek origin which links the flower to the death of Adonis, a hunter.
Amur Adonis is the only flower that doesn’t have nectar. It belongs to the family of Ranunculus and comes mostly in red. Some other hues include yellow, gold, orange, and white.
Anemone is a perennial flower that blooms during spring and sometimes during autumn, depending on the variety. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘anemos,’ meaning wind.
With this meaning, Anemone is also called the “windflower” When cut, the flowers don’t last very long. However, it is popular with the paintings of Matisse and Monet. The flower can be in shades of blue, yellow-green, red, purple, and many more.
Want some inspiration? Get some Angelica strands in your flower vase. Angelica, which signifies inspiration, is a biennial flowering plant that blooms from June to early August, depending on the location.
It consists of long green or purple stems and an inflorescence of yellow or green compound umbels. This flower, which is very useful in making tea and medicines, is also home to beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Also known as summer snapdragon, Angelonia has one of the biggest flower sizes. It sports single-fused petals that bloom in spring until fall. The flower resembles a snapdragon, hence the name “summer snapdragon.”
This perennial plant lasts long as cut flowers and looks good in flower beds. Angelonia is available in white, purple, blue, pink, or lavender with a grape soda scent, depending on the cultivar.
21. Apple Blossom
As a deciduous tree that belongs to the rose family, Apple blossoms appear as buds in early spring and bloom until late summer.
They appear in a cluster of four to eight flowers, each blossom having five petals. Apple blossom comes in shades of white, pale pink to reddish pink at the base. They eventually thin out, giving way to Apple fruits.
Arbutus, called the mayflower trailing arbutus in full, is a sweet-smelling plant. This plant is hard to transplant, and the laws of some states protect it. With trailing broad-leaved, alternating, and evergreen leaves, the plant carries clusters of tubular sweet-scented flowers. The plant also comes with orange or red berries.
Belonging to the primrose family, Ardisia is an ornamental plant native to East Asia. It features alternating, thick, and rich green leaves. The small flowers are white, pink, or red with yellow anthers.
It also boasts red, spherical fruits. This invasive flower is intrinsic to Japanese culture as it’s used during their new year celebrations. It is best used as an indoor ornamental.
24. African Daisy
African daisy is a flowering plant also known as Daisy bushes or osteospermum. It has flowers with vibrant colors, which makes it a surreal beauty. Native to South Africa and Southwestern Asia, the plant has over 70 species of various shapes and colors.
Popular among the varieties are the blue-eyed beauty and Astra purple spoon. They are available in purple, orange, white, pink, and yellow and can be bicolor.
This wild flowering plant grows among grain crops. Firstly discovered in Europe, it is now widely cultivated in the United Kingdom. Agrostemma, commonly known as the corncockle, blooms from June to July.
It has an unbranched and hairy stem that carries the flowers. The flower color varies, but the most common ones are pink, purple, and lavender. Also, it is an excellent choice for cut flowers.
26. Ajuga Reptans
Ajuga reptans are also known as bugle, carpet weed, and sometimes, St Lawrence plant. Belonging to the mint family, this plant is endemic to Europe.
The herbaceous flowering plant features round, evergreen leaves that sprawl and invade wherever it is. Its flowers are in the form of tall, upright spikes. These flowers can be in shades of blue, purple, or violet.
27. Alchemilla Mollis
Alchemilla Mollis is synonymous with Alchemilla Vulgaris and Lady’s mantle. These tough and invasive plants bloom from early to midsummer. The large, hairy, and soft green leaves with pointy edges make the flower highly noticeable. It also has yellowish or greenish flowers that make good-cut flowers suitable for ornaments.
28. Amorphophallus Titanum
Cultivated as an ornamental and having the largest bloom in the world, A.titanium has a red, unbranched, rough spathe with a tall spadix. It takes 7 to 10 years to bloom, after which it blooms only once in 3 to 5 years. Also called Titan Arum, the flower has a foul smell.
Amsonia is a perennial flowering plant that symbolizes strength and endurance. It is commonly called the blue star because of its star-like shape of five-pointed petals that form clusters on the many single stems that appear on the tree.
Usually, in white, the flowers can also be in shades of cool blue, pink, and purple. Towards the end of the spring, when it usually blooms, it turns to golden yellow.
30. Angel Trumpets
Native to South America, this flowering small tree or shrub is also known as moonflower and Brugmansia. The flower resembles a trumpet and can be in hues of white, gold, yellow, peach, pink, and orange.
The alternating leaves are long and green. It attracts beneficial pollinators such as hummingbirds. Its flowers have a solid and lovely fragrance.
Are you surprised that many flowers start with the letter A? Flowers are everywhere, almost inexhaustible. You can choose to use two or more flowers to bring out the beauty of your garden. Ensure you choose flowers based on the purpose you want them to serve and what view you look forward to seeing.