50 Most Beautiful Blue Flowers
“A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell.”
The Bluebell – Anne Bronte
Here at Beauty and Tips, we love the colour blue and we LOVE flowers. In celebration of the two, we thought we’d put together a bumper summer article dedicated entirely to blue flowers.
But why are flowers so amazing in the first place?
Flowers remind us of spring and summer; of rebirth, childhood and innocence. They remind us of the goodness of nature; of live, colour and love. Flowers look pretty, smell lovely and waft in the wind on a cool summers day, as though doing a dance. They make us feel good and take away our stress.
Blue, meanwhile, is a colour that represents confidence, wisdom, heaven, truth and faith. Like flowers themselves, it’s a colour that’s thought to have lots of benefits for both the mind and body. It calms us down and can make us feel relaxed and tranquil.
As you make your way through this list of flowers, you might begin to notice one glaring omission – the blue rose. Funnily enough, there is a common misconception surrounding blue flowers. While blue flowers most certainly do exist, the famous blue roses that is often cited in literature and art as a symbol of love, doesn’t actually exist in nature.
So what beautiful blue flowers do exist? Let’s take a look at 50!
The Blue Iris is a streaked variety of the Bearded Iris. Its scientific name is the Gnu Blues Zebra, and it’s a hybrid created by Brad Kasperek.
It sports some pretty darn gorgeous colour breaks and patterns that weren’t previously seen in an Iris.
Blue Irises can grow pretty tall – as much as 40”, in fact. Their leaves look like swords and they grow to look very fan-like when in bunches.
The blooms are blue with the odd smatterings of dark blue, while another variety is the Best Bet Shades of Blue.
The Blue Iris blooms in the spring and the summer, and occassionally in the autumn. Their bulbs grow in packed lumps and you need to divide them every four years.
Here’s a poem called Thirst by Mary Oliver in which the Blue Iris makes an appearance:
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”
Here’s a fun fact about Aster: It’s the last plant to bloom in the year.
But hey, while it might be a tad on the slow side, that doesn’t mean it’s a total loser. It comes in an assortment of colours – white, yellow, pink, purple, red and blue – and is associated with peace, love and daintiness.
It’s also believed that these flowers come with healing properties. Back in days gone by, people would burn Aster leaves to drive evil away.
Blue Forget Me Not
Just hearing the words “forget me not” makes us well up with tears!
With an evocative name like that, it’s not hard to see why the Blue Forget Me Not is so popular with poets and romantics. Also known as the Blue Shower, the Forget Me Not can be quit expensive to buy.
One of the reasons they’re so popular is because they excel in any kind of climate. These are spirited flowers that sport sky blue blooms.
Another reason is the amount of literature that’s dedicated to them, and thus the amount of folklore that’s surrounded them.
The Forget Me Not can sow up to FIVE time a your near the coast, but just once or twice in harsher climates. When they get going in full swing, there’s just a sea of blue everywhere.
The Forget Me Not is also known as the Bobo Blue and the Blue Ball.
Here is a Forget Me Not poem:
“I wonder if
are flowers that
bloom in May
Like how we both began;
as little Summer flowers,
dancing ‘neath the Sun–
screaming not to be forgotten
And yet you did–
like acid rain;
so I too, shall do as you!
But I’m a terrible liar;
and to not feel so empty inside,
I’ll heed the flowers and
The Morning Glory is a saucer-shaped flower that blooms in pink, red, purple, yellow and blue.
It’s easy to recognise because it also looks a bit like a star.
Its name comes from the fact that the Morning Glory flower blooms in the day and sadly dies at night!
The flower represents love and affection and you will often see them at parties and weddings.
There are two types of Blue Tulip:
- Blue Parrot tulip (more of a mauve colour)
- Blue Amiable Triumph Tulip (more of a deep blue colour)
The large flower of the first variety, as well as the frilly ruffled petal are what make them stand out from the rest of tulip family. They’re what you could call “showy.”
The former can grow as much as 20” tall. It blooms when spring is in full flow.
Blue Tulips need rich soil. It should be sandy and composted, as this helps with drainage.
The Blue Amiable Triumph Tulip is the bluest tulip you’ll find. It can grow by as much as 22” and also blooms when spring is in full flow.
That said, if a spot is sunny and protected, a tulip can begin to bloom in February.
Broken tulips are characterised by stripes and blotches.
Weirdly enough, the blue tulip is the most recent variety. Before its existence, tulips blossomed in all kinds of colours except blue!
Here’s an excerpt from a poem by Sylvia Plath called Tulips:
“The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here.
Look how white everything is, how quiet, how snowed-in.
I am learning peacefulness, lying by myself quietly
As the light lies on these white walls, this bed, these hands.
I am nobody; I have nothing to do with explosions.
I have given my name and my day-clothes up to the nurses
And my history to the anesthetist and my body to surgeons.”
The Blue Larkspur is noticeable by its iridescent blue colour. It’s common for it to be a really intense royal blue.
Occassionally, however, you will also find a variety that’s a lighter blue. For example, the desert blue variety is a lighter blue.
These densely flowers spikes often reach as high as 6’ tall. Sometimes, they will scale 8’, in which case they are referred to as “giants.”
That said, the most common blue larkspur grows to be just 2’ tall.
The flowers need lots of sunlight and bloom from spring to midway through summer.
Here’s an excerpt from a blue larkspur poem:
Blue larkspur and columbine called for them,
the tiny rubies twirled over in a waltzing dance;
and between yarrow, sage and yellow tick seed,
they spotted echinacea and came fluttering.
Floating on over they kissed orange scabiosa,
then the assemblage of sweet butterflies left;
just stopping for a quick sip of fountain water,
and gone this parade of fluttering blue gems.
There are two varieties of the Impatien Flower. These are the orchid shaped impatien and the flat shaped impatien.
Back in medieval times, the flowers were also referred to as “Our Lady Earring.”
The Impatien flower represents affection and motherly love.
Perfect gift for mothers day then, huh?
The Balloon Flower
The Balloon Flower has buds that are shaped by – you guessed it! – balloons. These open to reveal white, pink or blue blooms that are contrasted with deep red pistils.
Most people either use the Balloon Flower for ornamental purposes or decorative purposes, such as flower arranging, where it makes for a colourful back drop.
The Balloon Flower represents obedience, honesty and love.
The Great Blue Lobelia’s home is North America. It’s also known as the Blue Cardinal, and it looks lovely sitting on the edge of a garden pond. It also thrives in a shady garden.
The annual variety is the lobelia erinus. It blooms midway through summer and keeps going until early autumn with 3’ spikes of blue flowers.
Other varieties tend to have an almost deep purple hue to them, and the butterflies and hummingbirds just love them!
Lobelia’s have a spread of 3 feet and need partial shade and sandy soil if they’re to thrive. That said, they can also bloom in normal garden conditions.
Here’s an expert from a Blue Cardinal poem:
“In a secret place where I once lay, I remembered her special grace
And as I lay thinking, I found the scene changing
I found ,that I was dreaming…
I had never allowed anyone, into my secret place
So, I found myself amazed, that there before me, a special face
Gracing my secret place, and smiling her special way
And causing me discomfort
For it was here in my fantasy, inside my castle deep
I wielded my blades, and found my most healing sleep
Yet, here she was, at my banquet table, in the grand hall of Lobelia
The name of my home, was the flower she wore in her hair
Lobelia, the flower blue, was designed into each and every chair”
Although it’s called the Violet Flower, this flower is coloured blue and represents happiness, love, watchfulness, modesty and affection.
It’s actually possible to eat a Violet Flower, with many chefs adding its essence to desserts. Petals are sometimes used to decorate desserts and salads, too.
Here is an extract from a poem about Violets:
Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew,
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colours bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there,
Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused its sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.
Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.
Blue Sea Holly
The Blue Sea Holly sports pretty metallic blue flowers and stems. They bloom from early summer through until the autumn.
Saphire Blue is the variety to go for if you want the biggest flowers possible. These flowers start life green before darkening. They then take on a deep blue colour that looks as though it’s been spray painted on.
If you want these to be as blue as possible, you need to grow them in as much sunlight as possible. They look a lot like thistles.
Let’s face it – the Blue Delphinium has THE best name for a flower in this article.
With a name like that, the Blue Delphinium is always going to be a stunner – and it sure is.
In fact, they’re easily one of the most eye catching flowers you’ll ever come across.
They’re fairly easy to recognise too, growing as they do with long spikes that are either double or semi-double, dark-to-light flowers whose centre is super dark.
These flowers love the sun (who doesn’t?!) and they thrive in fertile soil that’s well drained.
The common wisdom is that you should grow Blue Delphinium’s where there is lots of sunlight, but there is also advice from experts that they can just as well thrive in areas of shade (not too much shade, of course).
Every garden should have some of these flower and they keep growing for weeks and weeks into the autumn. Some grow as much as 8’, but most grow to be 4 to maybe 5’ tall.
Here’s an excerpt from a poem by Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne that contains our lovely blue delphiniums:
“There once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)
And all the day long he’d a wonderful view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)
A Doctor came hurrying round, and he said:
“Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed.
Just say ‘Ninety-nine’, while I look at your chest…
Don’t you find that chrysanthemums answer the best?”
Salvia – which is also known as sage – is a flower that blossoms for a considerable amount of time, at least compared to other flowers. It thrives especially in arid, searingly hot conditions and offer sumptuous fragrances that warm the senses.
The Blue Salvia is also referred to as Mealy Cup Sage and Mealy Sage, and it can grow to as much as 3 or 4” in height. Its flowers are lavender to blue and you can purchase from from most local garden centres (if not all) and online.
There is also a variety known as Bog Sage that blooms in the later summer-to-early autumn.
In formal areas, salvia gets really aggressive but it’s fine in a naturalised area. They grow fast and less hardy ones can reach 6’ in height – that’s impressive!
Many salvias, however, lay low.
The Gentian is a blue flower that sports green lance-shaped leaves. Hummingbirds and butterflies love them!
The flower is common across Europe, but it doesn’t grow anywhere else.
It’s rather unusual looking and is often used as an alternative to a daisy or a rose. It represents femininity, intrinsic value and loveliness.
At the start of this article, we wrote how the Blue Rose doesn’t exist. Technically, it doesn’t. But since there was a lot of demand for a blu rose, scientists took it upon them to genetically modify them.
The worlds first were revealed at a Tokyo flower show in 2008. The cost of research and investment? An incredible $30,000,000.
Blue Roses have since been on sale since 2010, and their existence was made possible by the Melbourne, Australia, Florigene biotechnology subsidiary of Suntory Ltd.
People had tried to make Blue Roses in the past, but they often turned out lilac.
Now, we have what is as close to the real thing as possible. The genetically modified blooms are implanted with a gene that encourages the synthesis of blue pigment roses.
The best of these types of flowers (or, at least, our personal fav) is the Texas Bluebonnet.
Like its siblings, the Texas loves sandy soil and it takes around 3 months to bloom after seed.
The Blue Lupine sports a lavender to deep blue look.
Annual and perennial species grow where their native range is, and they generally thrive in harsher, colder climes. That said, you’ll find Blue Lupines growing all over North America.
Here’s a sweet Lupine poem that’s perfect for wistful summer days:
“Lupine casts the shadows
Tattooed on the skins of
Their pale nudity
Intensifies the purple and violet
Splashes dotted on the soft green rugs.
The two lovers roll
Atop and under,
Aside and over,
Their sweet sweat distracts the bees from
Their honey foray.
Perfection in its abundance.”
Blue Glory of the Snow
The thing with flowers is that they have some wonderfully poetic names. Blue Glory of the Snow is a blue-to-violet to pure blue flower that has a noticeable white centre. It can bloom as early as February and grows to be as tall as 8 feet.
Its bulbs need to be planted by the autumn.
The Blue Lily is also known as the African Lily of the Blue Lily of the Nile. It’s home is in Southern Africa, where it sports its deep blue flowers and dark leaves.
It grows to be around 3’ in height, but sometimes taller. The flower can be used to cut flower arrangements and they look nice along the edges of a fence, or as background plants.
Blue Lily’s don’t need the conditions to be perfect, and can in fat thieve in poor conditions. They naturalise easily.
That said, you should take your Blue Lilies indoors during the winter.
The flowers themselves look like trumpet and generally bloom in July and can last until September.
Bachelor Button Flower
The Bachelor Button Flower is also known as the basket flower or the cornflower. It’s a blue flower that’s historically been sought after for its pigment.
In years gone by, bachelors would wear the Bachelor Button Flower to let his beloved know that he loves her. If, however, she did not love him back, the flower would quickly wilt and die.
It’s Poland’s national flower and it represents blessedness, delicacy, hope in love, single hood and celibacy.
The Blue Thistle (or the Blue Glow Globe Thistle to use its full name) is a flower that really catches the eye in flower beds. It’s also known more simply as the Blue Globe and looks really quite dramatic with its deeply cut, prickly grey green foliage. Its numerous 2” steel blue flowers are equally dramatic, while the perennial can grow to be as tall as 4’ high.
The flowers work well as either dried of fresh arrangements.
Here’s a poem by Ted Hughes called Thistles:
Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
And crackle open under a blue-black pressure.
Every one a revengeful burst
Of resurrection, a grasped fistful
Of splintered weapons and Icelandic frost thrust up
From the underground stain of a decayed Viking.
They are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects.
Every one manages a plume of blood.
Then they grow grey like men.
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.
The Blue Veronica is a fab asset for the perennial garden. Varieties include the Royal Candles and the Blue Charm. They’re widely adaptable, simple enough to grow, and comprise soft flower spikes that are tightly clustered.
Other lush varieties include the Blue Giant, the Sunny Blue Border and the Crater Lake Blue.
We love the Sunny Border Blue the most. It’s almost a true blue that was given the 1993 Perennial Plant of the year award.
Blue Veronica’s bloom early in the summer and keep blooming for up to eight weeks. They have an eighteen inch spread and tend to grow to be as tall as 3’.
Blue Veronica’s love lots of sunlight but they can also be grown in light shade.
The Blue Columbine comprises double blue flowers that capture hearts and imaginations everywhere.
The Blue Barlow is the most popular variety. It produces three to five stems that grow to be around one feet in height. Their blooms last a long time.
There are lot of varieties of the species Columbine but many are not quite blue. This is despite claims to the contrary, but the reality is that many varieties are actually either violet or lavender.
To be sure that you’ve got a Blue Columbine, you need to ask.
The Blue Columbine should be planted in sunlight with a bit of shade and it usually begins to bloom by early summer.
If you’re not sure how to pronounce this one, it rhymes with ‘tack on item.’
The Blue Aconitum is also referred to as the Monkshood because it looks a bit like a monk’s hood! It’s also know as the Wolf’s Bane, the Blue Rocket, the Soldier’s Cap and Helmet Flower.
Varieties include September Stormhat and Azure Monkshood. All varieties are attractive to look at and sport shocking shiny-green foliage and blue metal flowers.
The clusters of spikes, meanwhile, look similar to delphinium, and you will commonly see them in shades of deep royal blue to light blue, but occassionally you will also spot them in purples and lavenders.
The flower can grow to be as much as 4’ tall and it needs light shade, and moist, well-drained soil. Sometimes the stems will need to be staked as they can be slender and weak.
The flax-blue blooming Grape Hyacinth is one of the most gorgeous, unique-looking blue flowers you’ll come across. It looks like a bunch of grapes.
The Dark Eye Grape Hyacinth variety has few flowers. They bear a cluster of small, bright blue bells.
The edges are uniquely shaped, with each tiny bell bordered at the base with a white that gradually intensifies.
The Blue Poppy is a steely perennial. The most popular variety is the Himalayan Blue Poppy that grows to be as much as eight feet in height. That’s quite a feat for a poppy!
The Blue Poppy can be seen from early summer on wards, though sometimes it takes a little longer to develop – this is especially true if you’re growing it in colder climates.
For best results, grow in a shady spot that has plenty of moisture.
Gladiola is derived from the Latin word Gladiolus, which means small sword. The Blue Gladiola is so-named because its leaves resembles swords. These flowers are also know as Corn Lilies and Sword Lilies.
The plants are characterised by their broad to narrow sword-looking leaves, as well as their flattened corns.
The funnel-shaped flowers are absolutely stunning, and present a unique lavender or pale blue colour that fades to white in its throat.
The Blue Gladiola flowers from July up until September, but it can appear a lot sooner if the climate is warmer.
That said, the Gladiola needs zone hardiness because the bulbs are sensitive to being frozen. Therefore, they need to be store away inside during the winter.
The Blue Gladiola grows to be as tall as 48” and will likely need to be staked. It also needs lots of sun, as well as well-drained soil.
Here is a pretty Gladiola poem:
O Autumn, Autumn! O pensive light
and wistful sound!
Gold-haunted sky, green-haunted ground!
When, wan, the dead leaves flutter by
Deserted realms of butterfly!
When robins band themselves together
To seek the sound of sun-steeped weather;
And all of summer’s largesse goes
For lands of olive and the rose!
Blue Allium’s are a pretty common perennial flower that sport rather exotic blooms. They managed to hold onto their colour for about a month or so.
They look divine in a perennial bed and their strong stems can grow to be as much as 2’ tall.
The Bellflower is one of the most charming flowers you’ll come across this summer. They are bell (or starry) shaped flowers that bloom in many different colours, from white, to purple, to pink – to blue.
The long stemmed Bellflower’s make for excellent cut flowers. It is a pearl-deep blue variety that has light yellow centres.
Meanwhile, the blue is finely contrasted with its dark green foliage to radiant effect.
The Bellflower is associated with gratitude, constancy and humility. The flower also has a connection in folklore with fairies. In certain literature, they are called fairy thimbles.
Here is a poem about the Bellflower by Ronald D Lanor:
of the bellflower
a quiet yawn
a cottage bird’s
of a forgotten wish
The wonderful blue orchid can be the jewell in any garden’s crown. They thrive in warmer climates and present a dark blue to pale appearance. They open up when the weather gets warm.
Varieties include the Little Sun Orchid, the Giant Sun Orchid, Thelymitra crinita, Thelymitra cornicina and the Thelymitra macrophylla.
Sun orchids tend to be really fragrant, and it’s typical to find between 6 and 30 flowers on each stem.
Plants will appear each year in May and can grow to be as tall as 15”. They can live until November but die well before Christmas.
Blue orchids aren’t easy to grow. The temperature and humidity both has to be totally right.
Rare blue orchids include the Wyong Sun Orchids that weren’t discovered until 1997.
Here is a Blue Orchid poem:
The moon has completed its full cycle
of bright to dark tide altering phases.
As I inhabit this soft supple beach
of crashing and retreating varied waves.
My eyes entranced in her aqua brilliance
sending sunamic pulses throughout me.
I hold onto these inviting petals
of sensual aromatic fragrance.
In hues matching the seas finest colors
such is this tender delicate flower.
The Blue Pansy family is large and extensive, and comprises many hybrid plants that are cultivated as garden flowers.
The pansy originates from the Viola species. It’s been hybridised with other Viola species, which are either referred to as Viola tricolour hortensis or Viola wittrockiana.
Pansy is also the European name for other wildflower Viola species found in Europe.
Despite its name, the Pansy Monkeyflower is unrelated but popular around the world.
Pansy’s grow annually and can grow to be as much as eight inches in height. They need to be watered often and bloom best in lots of sun with some shade.
That said, too much sun can kill them once June is over.
Here’s a Blue Pansies poem:
“Pansies? You praise the ones that grow today
Here in the garden; had you seen the place
When Sutherland was living!
Here they grew,
From blue to deeper blue, in midst of each
A golden dazzle like a glimmering star,
Each broader, bigger than a silver crown;
While here the weaver sat, his labor done,
Watching his azure pets and rearing them,
Until they seem’d to know his step and touch,
And stir beneath his smile like living things:
The very sunshine loved them, and would lie
Here happy, coming early, lingering late,
Because they were so fair.”
The Blue Anemone finds its home in the Mediterranean region. The most popular variety is the Harmony Blue, which is easy to spot thanks to its deep, double military blue flowers that grow up to 2” across.
Another popular variety is the St. Brigid Lord Lieutenant variety that has large poppy-looking blooms.
The Blue Anemone springs up in June and stays for just over a month. Not too long, then, which means you need to make the most of it!
To ensure it lasts as long as possible, provide this flower with soil that is well-drained and plant in sunlight but give it partial shade.
The Blue Angel also goes by the name of Blue Bird. It’s often seen as ground cover and sports strong porcelain blue flowers.
The Blue Angel looks a lot like the Forget-Me-Not. They grow to be as wide as 8” and as tall as 18”. They look rather bushy when in full bloom.
Like the Blue Anemone, the Blue Angel has a short lifespan. To ensure you get to spend as much time with them as possible, give them poor soil and sunlight with some light shade.
Also referred to as the Pincushion Flower, the Blue Scabiosa is rich in a variety of flowers.
One of the most popular is the Butterfly Blue Scabiosa (which does look like a butterfly!), while other varieties include the Fama Blue. This displays the pincushion-looking centres and large fringed three inch flower that inspired its name.
The Blue Scabiosa blooms in the spring and typically keeps going until the autumn. They can grow to be as tall as 24 inches in the right conditions.
These flowers make for fantastic cut flowers and can thrive in the winter.
The Blue Daisy is more commonly known as the Blue Marguerite, but it belongs to the daisy family in any case.
It’s a steely annual plant that performs best in lots of sunshine. It can grow to be as tall as 18”, and bloom from late summer right through to the end of autumn.
There are many different varieties of the Dandelion, and most of you will be familiar with the white one. But the Blue Dandelion is one of the most enchanting varieties that’s a joy to behold in the summer time.
The Dandelion is associated with sympathy, desire, affection and love. The Blue Dandelion, meanwhile, represents tranquility, happiness and faithfulness.
Like a number of flowers, the Dandelion has a history steeped in folklore and legend. For many cultures it has a deeper, intimate meaning.
The Dandelion was once exclusive to Asia and Europe but can now be found anywhere in the world.
Here is an excerpt from a poem about the Dandelion:
O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.
The Clematis is a royal blue flowering climber plant that has many varieties. These include the Arbella and the Ice Blue varieties.
Most commonly, the Clematis is used for ornamental, decorative reasons inside the house. It certainly adds a touch of elegance to any home that it graces.
Clematis actually means “mental prowess”, while the Blue Clematis represents courage, ingenuity and faithfulness.
Here is an excerpt from a poem about the Clematis:
O’ my sweet clematis,
so pretty hanging near me,
you look so parched,
its my water you seek,
O’ my sweet clematis,
beautiful purple petals,
so fragrant to me,
in a vine, beauty hanging to peek.
O’ my sweet clematis,
your bloom so short,
I want your blooms,
to never stop.
We hope you enjoyed this article about blue flowers. Which ones will you buy for your garden?