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Flowers are one of mother nature’s most beautiful creations. For centuries, flowers have been idolized as objects of beauty by nearly every civilization in the world. To honor the beauty of flowers, we’ve picked the 20 most beautiful flowers from around the world. We also created visuals with interesting facts about each flower, including its native origin, botanical name and popular colors. From classic flowers such as roses and peonies to exotic blooms such as the king protea and lotus flower, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of these stunning blooms.

  1. Sweet Pea

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Sweet peas are best known for their sweet fragrance and delicate flowers. These flowers are native to the island of Sicily where they’ve been cultivated for the last 300 years. This ornamental pea species go by the botanical name Lathyrus odoratus, and are available in pink, red, purple, and white.

  1. Stargazer Lily

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Also known as the oriental lily, the stargazer lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’) is known for its large star-shaped blooms that give off a sweet perfume. Their petals are colored in hot pink with textured freckles that decoratively dot each petal. Although they are beautiful, they are one of the most poisonous plants to have around pets. The stargazer lily is the most recent addition to the oriental lily family, which is native to Japan.

  1. Hydrangea

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Hydrangeas are one of the summer’s most bountiful blooms. Known for their large globe-shaped flower heads, they are available in a variety of colors ranging from blue and purple to white and pink. There are many types of hydrangeas, the most common being the mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla). Hydrangeas are native to Southern and Eastern Asia, particularly Japan, China, and Indonesia.

  1. Daffodil

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Daffodils are a symbol of friendship and are one of spring’s most popular flowers. Known as Narcissus pseudonarcissus, their botanical name is derived from Narcissus, a figure in Greek mythology who was a hunter that fell in love with his own reflection. The downward bending shape of the daffodil represents him gazing down at his own reflection. Native to western Europe, the daffodil is known for its bright yellow colors that grow abundantly throughout the countryside.

  1. Begonia

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Begonias (Begonia tuberhybrida) have attractively large rose-like flowers and are popular amongst avid gardeners. The first documented discovery of the begonia was by Charles Plumier, a Franciscan monk, who found begonias in Brazil in 1690. They bloom in the summer and although they may not be the easiest plants to care for, their beautiful blooms and attractive foliage make them a great addition to any garden. They’ve been bred to include many colors, the most popular of which are red, yellow, and orange.

  1. Camellia

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One of the most popular flowers in the Southern United States, the camellia (Camellia japonica) is originally from eastern and southern Asia. There are more than 3,000 types of camellias which are available in white, pink, and red in varying hues. They have delicately layered petals and are commonly used as an ingredient in floral perfumes due to their sweet fragrance.

  1. Plumeria

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Plumerias (Plumeria rubra) are native to the subtropical Americas, including Hawaii, and are a popular flower used in leis. They give off an intensely sweet fragrance and are also great as cut flowers to freshen up your home. Plumerias have gorgeous blooms with colors that include, pink, white, yellow, and red.

  1. Dahlia

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The dahlia (Dahlia hortensis) is a flower that is known for its layered petals and showy blooms and are highly cultivated and hybridized by breeders to create the most beautiful flowers. It is an annual that begins to bloom from midsummer until the start of winter and is native to South America, Mexico, and Central America. Dahlias are available in almost every color in the rainbow, with the most popular colors including: fuchsia, pink, orange, and red.

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  1. Tulip

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Tulips are popular due to their unique shape and wide variety of colors and are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. From bright reds and yellows to nearly black purples, there seems to be a tulip for every color of the rainbow. They bloom from spring into early summer and are popular around Easter. Red tulips are great for weddings because they symbolize true love, and yellow tulips symbolize cheerfulness.

  1. Iris

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Another popular springtime flower is the iris (Iris germanica). Known for its bright purple and violet flowers, these flowers symbolize wisdom, hope, and trust. The iris’ beauty has allowed them to be iconic subjects in fine art, as is evident in one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, Irises. They are native the Eastern Mediterranean and their peak bloom time occurs in May.

  1. Lotus

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The lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is an aquatic plant known for producing large flowers. Native to Asia, the flower grows abundantly from India to China. The lotus is considered a highly sacred flower in both Hinduism and Buddhism and carries several meanings including: harmony, enlightenment, and rebirth. They are available in many beautiful colors, including dark and light pink, white, and purple.

  1. Anemone

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There are many species of anemone, the most stunning of which are Anemone coronaria, a species that’s native to the Mediterranean region. Also known as windflowers, their name is derived from the Greek word “anemos” which means wind. The fall-blooming varieties are taller with cup-shaped blossoms, while the spring blooming varieties grow lower to the ground. They grow in a variety of colors including pink, red, purple, and white.

  1. Cherry Blossom

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Cherry blossoms are one of the world’s most beautiful flowers. During the spring, the cherry blossom tree (Prunus serrulata) erupts into pink clouds composed of tiny blossoms. Every year, the Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Japan where tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the sight of these stunning trees. The United States has its own cherry blossom festival as well which is an annual celebration that takes place in Washington, DC. It commemorates the gifting of 3,000 cherry blossom trees which were given to the United States by the Mayor of Tokyo in 1912 as a gesture to strengthen ties between the two nations.

  1. Orchid

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Orchids are one of the most exotic flowers that you can grow in your own home. There are over 20,000 types of orchids, with the most popular domestic species being the moth orchid, or Orchidaceae phalaenopsis. These large orchid blooms are popular for the size of their blooms and are native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and America. Orchid meanings include: elegance, love, and fertility.

  1. Magnolia

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Another popular southern flower is the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). This tree grows wild in the southern United States and is the official state flower of Mississippi. They produce large creamy white blooms that can reach impressive sizes, up to 15 inches wide. They are popular for attracting bees due to their sweet perfume, however, magnolia flowers have a short lifetime and can only last for a few days.

  1. Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum indicum) originated in China where they’ve been cultivated since 15th century BC. Not only are their flowers beautiful with their densely layered petals and wide array of colors, they have plenty of medicinal properties as well, and are used as an herbal remedy. Due to their long history, chrysanthemum meanings are deeply symbolic and are used to communicate: love and deep passion, loyalty, and a get well wish.

  1. Passion Flower

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Passion flowers are one of the most exotic flowers you can grow in your garden. There are over 400 species of passionfruit vines, but the most popular is Passiflora edulis which is the only one that can produce passionfruit. Native to the Americas, passion flowers are usually purple, lavender, or blue.

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  1. Peony

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Peonies are one of the most sought after flowers in the world due to their beauty and fragrance. They are native to China where they are highly valued, and are known as the “king of flowers.” Peonies are incredibly lush flowers that have densely packed petals that open up gradually over time layer by layer. They are available in a wide variety of colors ranging from light pastel pinks and whites to bright and bold reds and magentas, and are one of the most popular flowers used in wedding decor.

  1. Protea

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As the national flower of South Africa, the king protea (Protea cynaroides) is one of the most spectacular species of protea. It is the largest protea species and has a massive bloom size that can reach almost 12 inches in width. With long pink petals that surround a furry center, it is typically the star of the show within a bouquet.

  1. Rose

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The classic rose deserves the number one spot as the most beautiful flower due to its timeless beauty. An international symbol of love and romance, there are thousands of different types of roses that can be found in nearly every color. From the classic red rose, to the popular Juliet garden rose, there’s a rose that can suit anyone’s taste.

From the timeless rose to the exotic lily, it’s certainly difficult to ignore the sheer beauty of flowers. When you’re having a bad day, sometimes looking at something beautiful like a flower is just enough to perk you up. That’s why we created a wall art printable to remind you to see the beauty in all things.

Inspired by someone who definitely knows a thing or two about beautiful flowers, we included one of the most famous quotes by Matisse, the French Impressionist painter known for his colorful depictions of flowers. The quote says, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Hang the art print on your wall, or put it in a standing frame for your desk to help you see the beauty in any situation. Simply click on the image below to download the 8” x 10” print.

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FAQs

What is considered the most beautiful flower? ›

Rose. The rose is considered the most beautiful flower in the world, which is why it's called the “queen of the garden.” It's one of the most popular flowers worldwide, and it comes in different sizes and colors.

What is the rarest and most beautiful flower in the world? ›

Middlemist's Red (Middlemist Camellia): Only Two Samples Of This Flower Exist In The World. The Middlemist Red is one of the rarest and most beautiful flowers in the world; so much so, that only two of its samples exist today.

What is the most unique flower in the world? ›

40 of the worlds weirdest flowers
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What is the most delicate flower in the world? ›

The foam flower has always been a perfect touch to a wild and beautiful garden. They are not very common nor very popular, but people are starting to give them the credit they deserve. They're very fragile and delicate, yet belong to the woodland gardens.

What is an elegant flower? ›

Many people say that buttercups are just as beautiful as roses or peonies. You can also find ranunculus cultivars to suit any occasion. Some of the most elegant flowers are pure white with dark centers. Buttercups can also be deep orange, bright red, pink and purple pastel shades, or sunny yellow.

What is the world's most favorite flower? ›

Roses — As the most popular flower in the world, it's no surprise that the rose dominates its season too.

What is the ugliest flower? ›

But even among these incredible 156 species, the ugly orchid has received top billing. Johan Hermans, a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered the scruffy little plant, named Gastrodia agnicellus, lurking in the shaded undergrowth of a rainforest in Madagascar, reports Ibrahim Sawal for New Scientist.

What is the rarest color rose? ›

Because the Blue Rose is the rarest color of rose, you can expect the price of the flower to be higher than other colors. Due to the fact that the blue rose is a unique rare color, it is best to contact your florist well in advance when ordering a bouquet of these mysterious flowers.

What is the most underrated flower? ›

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  • Cosmos. This flower is a smaller bloom like a daisy, but can come in truly striking colors. ...
  • Butterfly Ranunculus. This is another pretty flower that doesn't get quite the attention it deserves! ...
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What is the rarest color of flower? ›

Did you know that blue is the rarest flower color? Brandon George, graduate student in Public Garden Leadership at Cornell University, takes an in-depth talk on the color blue, why it is so rare in the plant world, and some tips for displaying it in a garden.

What is the rarest flower in the world 2021? ›

Most scientists believe Camellia japonica, or Middlemist's red is actually the rarest flower in the world. Type of plant: perennial shrub.

What is the rarest flower in America? ›

Ghost Orchid

This spider web-like flower is a native of Cuba and Florida. It requires high temperature and high humidity that makes it one of the rarest flowers of the world. One special feature about this plant is that it has no leaves.

What is the toughest flower in the world? ›

Purple Saxifrage, the Hardiest Plant in the World

Yet it's common throughout the Arctic and grows further north than any other flowering plant.

What is the most beautiful and delicate flower? ›

Dahlia. The dahlia is one of the lushest and most vibrant flowers you'll find, available in a rainbow of colors ranging from pink and red to orange or white. Some dahlia petals even have stunning color gradients, like bright reds that gradually fade into soft whites or gorgeous purples that lighten from stem to tip.

What is the most powerful flower? ›

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What is the flower of love? ›

The red rose is known as the flower of love. The red rose symbolizes deep emotions and desires. Red roses are traditionally given to symbolize love, but aren't the only ones to earn this title.

Which flower smells best? ›

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  • Heliotrope.

What is the number one flower? ›

1) Rose We had to begin this list with the rose. No other flower is as famous or popular. The rose outshines everything else.

What are the 4 main flower types? ›

There are commonly four distinct whorls of flower parts: (1) an outer calyx consisting of sepals; within it lies (2) the corolla, consisting of petals; (3) the androecium, or group of stamens; and in the centre is (4) the gynoecium, consisting of the pistils.

What is the flower of the year for 2022? ›

In this article, we explore the tulip, the 2022 Flower of the Year. Even after the longest and darkest winters, colorful tulips begin to emerge from the ground, offering the first joyous sign of spring's warmth and happiness.

What are Taylor Swift's favorite flowers? ›

Taylor's favorite flowers are roses. And in 24 hours, the bedrooms of Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa are about to become a botanical garden.

What is the name of the flower that looks like a heart? ›

Anthurium. There's so much to love about anthurium, which not only has heart-shape leaves but its heart-shape blooms even come in bright red. You can also find varieties with pink, white, and even purple flowers.

Are blue Dragon roses real? ›

there's another reason this blue rose cannot be real. Roses, on a genetic level, are unable to produce the color blue. The lack the anthocyanidin pigment delphinidin that allows flowers to be blue. That's not something you can just inject into pollen to make it create a blue rose seeds.

Do Rainbow roses exist? ›

Rainbow Roses are also known as Happy Roses or Kaleidoscope Roses. These blooms may look like they were plucked out of a story book, but trust us when we say they're 100% real. These unique blooms boast vibrant and brightly coloured petals, making them the life of the party or centre of attention anywhere you put them.

What plant blooms once every 100 years? ›

In the wild, the Puya raimondii, also known as the Queen of the Andes, only blooms when the plant reaches an age of about 80 to 100 years old. Now one of the plants at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley is getting ready to blossom.

What is the rarest flower? ›

The Middlemist's red is the rarest flower on Earth. The stinking corpse lily is the largest flower on Earth. 571 species of plants and flowers are thought to have become extinct since 1750.

What is the ugliest flower? ›

But even among these incredible 156 species, the ugly orchid has received top billing. Johan Hermans, a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered the scruffy little plant, named Gastrodia agnicellus, lurking in the shaded undergrowth of a rainforest in Madagascar, reports Ibrahim Sawal for New Scientist.

What is the most beautiful thing in the world? ›

Niagara is the world's most famous waterfall; Angel Falls is the tallest. And Victoria Falls has the largest single cascade. But the most beautiful?…. that honour falls to Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil.

Which flower smells best? ›

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