Wondering what flower names start with the letter L? The list of flowers that start with L is long. Here are some of the most prominent flowers that begin with this letter.
1.Lady Finger Cactus
Scientific name: Mammillaria elongata
Origin: Central Mexico
Also known as the golden lace cactus, the Lady finger cactus belongs to the family Cactaceae. This flowering plant gets its name from its elongated stems. These small plants grow only up to a height of 6 inches and grow in densely packed clusters. Although the fleshy, succulent stems look spiny, the elongated oval stems are covered with sharp but harmless yellow or brown spines. This flowering cactus blooms in spring. The flowers are white, pinkish purple, or yellow. Lady finger cactus are popular houseplants.
Scientific name: Alchemilla mollis or Alchemilla vulgaris
Origin: Southern Europe
Lady’s mantle is an attractive perennial plant with soft gray-green foliage. The scalloped leaves are semi-round. Lady’s mantle flowers bloom in late spring and early summer. The color of Lady’s mantle flowers is a unique yellow-green. These flowering plants grow naturally in sunny but moist hillsides and meadows. These are flowers that add a typical cottage charm to any garden. Lady’s mantle flowering plants are not only grown for their beautiful flowers but are also used for making soaps and lotions.
Scientific name: Cypripedium
Origin: North America, Europe
Belonging to the family Cypripedioideae, a subfamily of orchids, exotic-looking Lady’s slipper orchids are also sometimes called slipper orchids. These flowers get their peculiar name from their shape. A protruding petal in the flower resembles a feminine slipper.
A Lady’s slipper flower is closed tightly in the front, except for a small opening. These flowers bloom in shades of pink, yellow, and purple. Some varieties of Lady’s slipper flowers are endangered but some are grown in gardens and nurseries. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and are about 3 inches long. They bloom in early spring. In their natural habitat, they grow mostly in moist woodland areas, wet meadows, and on elevated slopes in bogs. When grown away from the wild, they need well-aerated but moist soil, partial sun, or a shady spot, ideally under taller trees.
Scientific name: Coreopsis lanceolata
Origin: North America
One of the easiest to grow among the flowers that start with l, Lance-leaved coreopsis are daisy-like flowers that display an attractive shade of sunshine yellow. These flowers bloom on evergreen, herbaceous plants. A single flower blooms at the top of a slender stem. The petals arranged in two layers are shallowly lobed at the tips or have a toothed appearance. The petals are attached to a yellow round disk at the center. The flowers bloom in late spring and early summer. The plants like sunny patches and can grow in any soil condition. These plants are often known as tickseed due to their tick-like seeds.
Scientific name: Lantana camara
Origin: Subtropical and tropical America
Lantana flowers bloom in beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange, pink, and white. Some are single-colored and some display bicolor. The lantana plants, with woody stems, have a shabby, sprawling, vine-like appearance but are categorized as shrubs. The Lantana genus consists of more than a hundred species and belongs to the verbena family, Verbenaceae.
Lantana flowers bloom in rounded clusters. The brightly colored flowers sometimes display an almost fluorescent effect. The rough leaves feel like sandpaper and have a strong, citrusy, unpleasant smell. Lantana is toxic to animals but attracts butterflies. Lantana plants are popularly planted as bordering shrubs in sunny areas. Some Lantana varieties are popularly grown in hanging baskets. These plants can grow in salty soils near the seas.
Scientific name: Delphinium
Origin: Mediterranean region
Larkspur is a classic, cottage garden flower that blooms in shades of blue, purple, pink, red, and white. The low-maintenance, annual, flowering plants belong to the Ranunculaceae family of buttercups. These flowers are thought to have been introduced in England from the Mediterranean. It was in England, the flower got its name due to the horn-shaped feature in the flower that holds the nectar. It resembles the claw of a lark, thus the name. Larkspur plants bloom well in full sun. The slender stalks that hold a cluster of flowers may need stakes to stand erect. There are various varieties of larkspur some of the most popular are
- Black Knight Larkspur
- Blue Mirror Larkspur
- Cassius Larkspur
- Dwarf Larkspur
- Galahad Larkspur
- Astolat Larkspur
- Guardian Lavender Larkspur
- Red Lark Larkspur
- Summer Skies Larkspur
In the language of flowers, larkspur flowers represent a strong bond of love, dignity, sweet disposition, pure heart, and elegance.
Scientific name: Malva trimestris
Origin: Mediterranean region
Also known as tree mallow, Lavatera flowers bloom on annual or perennial flowering plants. Some other names of Lavatera plants are annual mallow, royal mallow, rose mallow, regal mallow.
The hibiscus-like or hollyhock-like flowers bloom in shades of pretty lavender and purple.
Showy Lavatera flowers have a dreamy, romantic look and bloom in abundance during mid-summers. Its bushy growth is a wonderful space-filler in the garden and the flower-laden plants are true attention-grabbers! Lavatera is easy to grow and prefers well-drained, moist soil and moderate temperatures.
Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia
Origin: Europe, Eastern Africa
The evergreen Lavender is an all-time favorite when it comes to its fragrant flowers on upright spikes. Lavenders are among the most popular flowers that start with L. The Lavandula genus, to which the Lavender flowers belong, are part of the fragrant mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender finds innumerable uses as a herb. The perennial plants make stunning additions to garden borders and non-traditional hedges.
As cut flowers lavenders can be added to bouquets or vases to add a sweet scent to any floral arrangement. Dried lavender flowers are used as potpourri and in sachets. Lavender is used in aromatherapy and other herbal treatments to alleviate stress and anxiety, stress, reduce pain, treat insomnia and depression.
Scientific name: Lechenaultia
Origin: Australia, New Guinea
Lechenaultia flowers are admired for their beautiful blue and red colors. The flowering plants belong to the family Goodeniaceae and bloom in spring and summer. Lechenaultia grows well in sandy, gravelly soil, and in full sun. The small low-growing plants are ideal for growing in rockeries, pots and hanging baskets, and cottage gardens.
Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris
Origin: Southeastern Europe
Lilacs belong to the genus Syringa, the family Oleaceae, or the olive family. Lilacs grow wild in woodlands and meadows in several temperate countries in Europe and Eastern Africa. Lilac plants are small, woody trees that grow up to different heights depending on their variety. Some are six feet tall, whereas some varieties grow up to thirty-two feet. Lilac flowers bloom in spring. Each four-lobed small flower is about 0.39 inches in diameter. The flowers are tube-shaped and longish in appearance. The most common flower color is light purple or lilac, but some lilac flowers are also light yellow, white, and pink. The flowers are usually fragrant.
Scientific name: Lilium
Origin: Europe, North America, and Asia
Lilies are a group of herbivorous flowering plants that bear large colorful flowers. The genus Lilium consists of around a hundred species of plants. Many lily varieties are grown as ornamental plants. All true lilies are perennial plants with a leafy stem, narrow and elongated leaves, and scaly bulbs. Most lily flowers are trumpet-shaped, and bloom in a wide range of colors like red, orange, pink, yellow, white, and purple.
Some of the most popular lily varieties are
- Globe Lily
- Madonna Lily
- Wood Lily
- Leopard Lily
- Oriental Lily
- Trumpet Lily
- Turk’s Cap Lily
- Canada Lily
- Stargazer Lily
12.Lily of the Valley
Scientific name: Majalis
Origin: Asia, Europe, North America
Among the flowers that start with L, Lily of the valley is one of the most fragrant flowers. The tiny, white, bell-shaped flowers grow on slender stalks or sprays. Lily of the valley is considered a woodland flowering plant that blooms in spring and early summer. They are easy-to-maintain perennial plants that do not require much care.
The plant thrives well in cool climates but cannot handle the heat. Interestingly, some believe Lily of the valley sprang from the tears of Eve’s when she was exiled from the Garden of Eden. Lily of the valley is a favorite in wedding bouquets. It is considered the birth flower of people born in May. Lily of the valley is Yugoslavia and Finland’s National Flower. The dainty, white flowers symbolize humility, purity, sweetness, and rebirth. In some cultures, this flower is believed to ward off evil and invite good spirits.
Scientific name: Lobelia spp
Origin: South Africa
There are more than 400 species of Lobelia flowers that belong to the family Campanulaceae. Not all varieties are grown as garden plants but most varieties prefer cool climates. These easy-to-grow plants bear beautiful blue flowers and several species are cultivated for their medicinal values. Lobelia is used for treating various health issues like respiratory illness and depression. These plants are often in hanging baskets, as ground cover, on the edges of ponds, and garden borders for their bright blue-purple flowers.
Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera
Origin: Southern Asia
Lotus often called the flower of life, is an aquatic plant species from the family Nelumbonaceae. It is one of the prettiest flowers that start with L. The roots of lotus plants latch to the mud in the freshwater aquatic habitat where they grow. In many Eastern cultures, lotus is connected to deep meaning and symbolism like rebirth and enlightenment.
Lotus is offered to divine figures and deities in the Hindu culture. For Buddhists, a white lotus symbolizes purity, and a yellow lotus is connected to spiritual ascension. Lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam. The showy, large, Angel lotus commonly known as the Indian lotus blooms mostly in pink and white. The American lotus blooms in yellow. Among the flowers that start with L, lotus flowers are believed to be in existence for millions of years.
15.Love Lies Bleeding
Scientific name: Amaranthus caudatus
Origin: Central America, South America
Love lies bleeding is known by many other names like tassel flower, red amaranth, quinoa, velvet flower, pendant amaranth, and foxtail amaranth. The Amaranthus or pigweed species includes several plants from the family Amaranthaceae. The annual flowering plants gained popularity in the Victorian age when the showy deep crimson flowers were used to express hopeless love. Love-lies-bleeding flowers look like red tails as drooping flower heads contain thousands of tiny flowers. Varieties of amaranthus are grown for their vibrant flowers and also for their grain and leaves that are used as food.
16.Love in the mist
Scientific name: Nigella damascena
Origin: Southern Europe, North Africa, Southwest Asia,
Also known as the devil in the bush, love in the mist flowers are annual classic cottage garden flowering plants. These plants belong to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. Miss Jekyll is one of the oldest known varieties of Love in the mist flowers. They make excellent cut flowers but are not scented.