What are the Fifty Most Popular Flowers?

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Are you giving flowers as a gift for some occasion? Is picking out a great bouquet a little intimidating for you? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you need to continue reading.

The Perfect Bouquet for Every Occasion

The flowers described in the rest of this article are popular for a reason. These are the flowers you are likely to find in bouquets and arrangements. Popular does not mean boring or trite, though. Choosing a flower arrangement from any of the fifty most popular flowers listed below will be a hit, no matter the occasion.

What are the 50 most popular flowers? Let’s look at the fifty most popular flowers in more detail. These fifty are highly popular in the United States. Although, some, like the rose, tulip, lily, and more have a high level of popularity around the world as well.

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1. Rose: We had to begin this list with the rose. No other flower is as famous or popular. The rose outshines everything else. One of the biggest reasons for the rose’s popularity is its association with love. We have a whole holiday that is centered on the giving of roses as gifts. Valentine’s Day is not the only holiday where the rose is appropriate. In fact, any time you want to tell someone “I love you,” you can give them a rose. In addition to its association with romance, the rose has a lot of other things going for it. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different kinds of roses. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Each color of rose comes with its own meaning. For example:

  • White roses: stand for innocence and purity.
  • Pink roses: indicate romance and happiness.
  • Coral roses: mean desire.
  • Yellow roses: indicate love between friends.
  • Peach roses: stand for modesty and appreciation.
  • Lavender roses: mean love at first sight.
  • And, finally, red roses: indicate passionate love.

There are a few other reasons for the rose’s popularity. Many people also love the rose’s smell. And, finally, the rose is an edible flower—we don’t recommend eating roses you purchase from a florist, however. There is a lot to love, and very little not to like, about the rose.

2. Gerbera: Although not the rose in terms of popularity, the gerbera daisy is also quite popular. These flowers are sometimes called African daisies because they are native to South Africa and really all of Africa. The gerbera daisy can also be found growing wild in the Asian continent. Gerbera daisies are named after the 18th-century botanist Traugott Gerber. Gerbera daisies are extremely popular in bouquets. They are large, bright flowers that have the multi-petaled look of a daisy. They are larger than a traditional daisy, however. If you love the look of a sunflower but need a flower that is a bit smaller, then the gerbera daisy is the choice for you. At BloomsyBox, we offer gerbera daisies in fifteen different colors. So, you are assured to find the color that fits your arrangement beautifully.

3. Tulip: Nothing says springtime like the tulip. These perennial flowers are some of the first to pop up as the weather warms. The tulip is originally from the Tien Shan mountains. They were then cultivated by the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the tulip made its way to Europe. The rest was history, as the tulip is now especially associated with Holland. In the U.S., the tradition of venerating tulips has continued, as the Dutch community in Holland, MI still puts on an annual tulip festival every spring. In addition to its association with spring, the tulip is popular because of its elegant shape and many color choices. The demand for tulips may not be what it once was, but these versatile flowers continue to be a popular choice for flower arrangements all year long.

4. Lily: There are a huge number of lilies that grow throughout the world. The “true” lilies, the type you likely picture when hearing the name, have six, long petal-like segments. The petal-like segments come together to form a trumpet shape. All “true” lilies are native to the Northern Hemisphere. Lilies come in as many color combinations as you can think of. They are very tall plants and the flowers are quite large. Lilies work wonderfully in arrangements where they are the star. You can find them in our Royalty, Pretty in Pink, and Casablanca Lilies bouquets. Lilies are one of the longest-lasting flowers, which is another reason why they are so popular. When you purchase a flower arrangement with lilies, you are guaranteed that it will continue to look great for a long time.

5. Calla Lily: We mentioned “true” lilies above. The calla lily may have “lily” in its name, but it is very different than the other types. Calla lilies are an extremely popular flower choice for weddings. This is because the traditional color of the large calla lily is white. At BloomsyBox, you can also find mini Callas. Our mini calla lilies come in a variety of colors. Calla lilies are actually not lilies at all. They are part of the Zantedeschia genus and are native to Africa. Calla lilies have been given the “lily” to their name because of their trumpet shape. However, the size petallike segment has disappeared in this flower, Instead, they are made of one petal that curls into the classic-trumpet shape. There are few flowers more elegant than the calla lily. With so many colors to choose from, it is no wonder that the calla lily continues to be one of the most popular flowers around.

6. Orchid: For a number of species, no flower beats the orchid. Orchids may seem like a very exotic flower. And, in many ways they are. If you want a flower that looks a little like an alien, choose the orchid. Orchids are famous for being from tropical locations. However, only about a third of orchids are tropical. The other two-thirds of species grow very well in the rest of the world. Also, one of the most famous baking ingredients—vanilla—comes from an orchid. Orchids may have a reputation for being hard to grow, but that has only added to their popularity. They also have had a lot of positive meanings attributed to them over the years. From fertility and love to friendship, luxury, good fortune, and more, the orchid is a versatile flower both in meaning and in arrangements. At BloomsyBox, we offer wholesale orchids as well as orchid plants. Our wholesale orchids come in both cymbidium and dendrobium types. Without handy instructions, you will not struggle to keep your orchid plant alive either. These amazing little flowers make great birthday flower gifts, or as presents to mark any other occasion.

7. Iris: Another very unique-looking flower is the iris. These flowers are perhaps best known for their use as the fleur-dis-lis emblem in France. They have a much longer history though. The iris gets its name from the Greeks. The goddess Iris was the messenger of love to the gods in Greek mythology. Iris is also associated with the rainbow, which makes sense given the irises arching petals. You can tell that a flower is an iris just by looking at it. These flowers make great gifts for unique individuals who stand out in a crowd. Blue irises are the most traditional. Yet, today, you can find a large number of colors, including purple, yellow, pink, or orange.

8. Carnation: If you don’t love roses—this is hypothetical, of course—then the carnation is a great choice. Carnations are about the same size as most roses. They have a ruffled appearance and are native to Europe and Asia. Carnations are popular because of their delicate appearance. They are also a birth flower for June and the most common Mother’s Day flower. Their association with Mother’s Day goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. When Anna Jarvis began the Mother’s Day tradition in the United States, she made the white carnation the unofficial flower of the movement. Since that time, the carnation, especially the white carnation, has been a symbol of a mother’s undying love. No wonder then, that carnations fly off the shelves in May and June.

9. Sunflower: No list of the most popular flowers would be complete without the sunflower. It doesn’t get more cheerful than this large and bright plant. Sunflowers stand extremely tall and are known for their yellow and black coloring. They are named after the sun for a reason. Sunflowers are the only flower native to the Americas on our list. They have been cultivated since 3000 BCE, which is actually longer than the domestication of corn! Such a long history makes the sunflower well-known and popular the world over. Sunflowers are extremely popular flowers for the fall. It is unusual to find a Thanksgiving celebration without at least one sunflower around. Sunflowers are also popular edible flowers. Their seeds are great snacks and the seed’s oil can be used for a multitude of purposes.

10. Hydrangea: Making a statement has never been easier, now that the hydrangea is popular. Hydrangeas are distinguished by their large balls comprised of tiny flowers. Traditionally, hydrangeas came in blue or white. Today, there are many colorful hybrids of the hydrangea to choose from. You can even find airbrushed hydrangeas in many different color combinations. There are 70-75 species of hydrangea. These unusual flowers are native to Japan and China, as well as the Americas. In east Asian cultures, the hydrangea is used to make herbal tea. So, in addition, to be a beautiful flower, it is useful too. (Do not make tea out of the airbrushed hydrangeas from BloomsyBox. You do not want to ingest the paint.)

Large bouquet of blue and green hydrangeas in a white speckled vase on a wooden table, with a lit candle and woven decorations in the background.

Emerald Enchantment Hydrangea

11. Daffodil: Daffodils, often associated with springtime, symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. With their vibrant yellow blooms and trumpet-shaped petals, daffodils add a splash of cheerfulness to gardens and bouquets. They are a popular choice for celebrating milestones and welcoming the arrival of spring.

12. Marigold: Marigolds captivate with their fiery hues and distinct fragrance. Symbolizing passion and creativity, these vibrant flowers are often used in celebrations, including Dia de los Muertos, where they adorn altars and contribute to the festive ambiance.

13. Daisy: Daisies are cherished for their simplicity and innocence. With their white petals and sunny yellow centers, these delicate flowers represent purity, loyalty, and new beginnings. Daisies are perfect for creating charming bouquets and adding a touch of whimsy to floral arrangements.

14. Hyacinth: Hyacinths are fragrant flowers that herald the arrival of spring. Their bell-shaped blossoms come in various colors, including purple, pink, white, and blue. Hyacinths make wonderful additions to gardens and bouquets, infusing the air with their delightful scent.

15. Peony: Peonies are adored for their lush, extravagant blooms and intoxicating fragrance. Symbolizing prosperity, honor, and a happy marriage, peonies are a popular choice for weddings and special celebrations. Available in shades of pink, white, and red, they are truly enchanting.

16. Lily of the Valley: Lily of the Valley is a delicate and fragrant flower that symbolizes humility, purity, and sweetness. Its tiny white bell-shaped blooms make it a popular choice for bridal bouquets and springtime arrangements.

17. Violet: Violets are petite flowers with vibrant purple or blue petals. These charming blooms symbolize modesty, loyalty, and affection. Violets are often associated with spirituality and inspiration.

18. Zinnia: Zinnias are vibrant and colorful flowers that bloom in various shades, including red, pink, orange, and yellow. These resilient flowers symbolize endurance, remembrance, and friendship. Zinnias are popular choices for summer gardens and cut flower arrangements.

19. Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemums, or mums, are celebrated for their diverse shapes, sizes, and colors. These autumnal flowers symbolize joy, longevity, and optimism. In many cultures, chrysanthemums are associated with honor and are used in ceremonies and festivals.

20. Ranunculus: Ranunculus are stunning flowers with layers of delicate petals that resemble roses. Available in an assortment of colors, including shades of pink, red, yellow, and white, ranunculus symbolize charm and radiance. They are perfect for adding elegance to bouquets and centerpieces.

21. Snapdragon: Snapdragons are characterized by their unique, elongated shape and vibrant colors. These flowers get their name from the "snapping" sound they make when gently squeezed. Symbolizing grace and strength, snapdragons add vertical interest to flower arrangements and gardens.

22. Amaryllis: Amaryllis flowers are known for their bold and dramatic beauty. With large trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of red, pink, white, and orange, amaryllis symbolize pride, determination, and radiant beauty. They are often seen during the holiday season, adding a touch of elegance.

23. Anemone: Anemones are delicate flowers with velvety petals and a distinct, dark center. Symbolizing anticipation and protection against evil, anemones come in various colors, including white, pink, purple, and blue. They make lovely additions to springtime bouquets.

24. Cosmos: Cosmos flowers are dainty and graceful, with colorful petals that resemble delicate cups. Symbolizing order, harmony, and peacefulness, cosmos come in shades of pink, white, orange, and yellow. They are popular for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to gardens.

25. Lisianthus: Lisianthus, also known as Texas Bluebells or Prairie Gentians, are cherished for their ruffled petals and vibrant colors. These romantic flowers symbolize appreciation, gratitude, and charisma. Lisianthus can be found in shades of purple, white, pink, and blue.

26. Freesia: Freesias are highly fragrant flowers that bloom in clusters along a slender stem. With their sweet, citrus-like scent, freesias symbolize friendship, trust, and innocence. They are often used in perfumes and bouquets, adding a touch of elegance.

27. Dahlias: Dahlias are known for their large, showy blooms and vibrant colors. These stunning flowers symbolize inner strength, creativity, and dignity. Dahlias come in various forms, including cactus, pompon, and dinner plate varieties, offering endless possibilities for floral arrangements.

28. Gladiolus: Gladiolus captivate with their tall spikes adorned with beautiful, funnel-shaped flowers. These striking blooms symbolize strength, integrity, and sincerity. Gladiolus are available in a wide range of colors, including red, pink, yellow, white, and purple.

29. Protea: Protea flowers are exotic and eye-catching, with unique shapes and textures. Native to South Africa, these remarkable blooms symbolize transformation, courage, and diversity. Proteas add a touch of intrigue and drama to floral designs.

30. Bird of Paradise: Bird of Paradise flowers are instantly recognizable with their vibrant orange and blue hues and unique shape resembling a bird in flight. These tropical beauties symbolize joy, freedom, and paradise. Bird of Paradise flowers add a touch of exoticism to floral arrangements and decor.

31. Delphinium: Delphiniums are beloved for their tall spikes adorned with multiple blossoms in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. Symbolizing dignity, grace, and an open heart, delphiniums make a striking statement in gardens and floral displays.

32. Queen Anne's Lace: Queen Anne's Lace, also known as wild carrot, is a delicate and lacy flower with intricate blooms. Symbolizing sanctuary, protection, and elegance, Queen Anne's Lace adds ethereal beauty to meadows and bouquets.

33. Alstroemeria: Alstroemeria, or Peruvian Lily, is a versatile flower with vibrant blooms and variegated petals. These flowers symbolize friendship, devotion, and prosperity. Alstroemerias come in a wide array of colors, making them a popular choice for bouquets and arrangements.

34. Baby's Breath: Baby's Breath is a delicate filler flower with tiny, cloud-like blooms that add softness and texture to arrangements. These flowers symbolize purity, innocence, and everlasting love. Baby's Breath is commonly used as a complement to roses and other focal flowers in bouquets and centerpieces.

35. Foxglove: Foxglove is a stunning biennial flower known for its tall spikes and bell-shaped blooms. With colors ranging from pink and purple to white and yellow, foxgloves symbolize healing, protection, and enchantment. However, it's important to note that foxgloves are toxic and should be handled with care.

36. Bleeding Heart: Bleeding Heart is a unique flowering plant with heart-shaped flowers that hang delicately from arching stems. Symbolizing deep emotions, compassion, and forgiveness, bleeding hearts are popular choices for romantic gardens and sentimental floral arrangements.

37. Pansy: Pansies are charming flowers with "faces" created by their distinctive markings. These colorful blooms symbolize thoughts, remembrance, and loving memories. Pansies come in a wide range of colors, making them versatile for various garden designs and decorative displays.

38. Sweet Pea: Sweet peas are fragrant flowers with delicate petals that grow in clusters along climbing vines. These dainty blooms symbolize blissful pleasure, departure, and gratitude. Sweet peas are often used in wedding bouquets and fragrant garden borders.

39. Stock: Stock flowers are known for their intoxicating scent and dense, spiky blooms. Available in shades of pink, purple, white, and yellow, stock flowers symbolize beauty, happiness, and a contented existence. They make excellent cut flowers and are often used in perfumes.

40. Statice: Statice, also known as sea lavender, is a hardy flower with clusters of tiny blooms that resemble paper or dried flowers. Symbolizing success, sympathy, and remembrance, statice is often used in dried flower arrangements, wreaths, and floral crafts.

41. Aster: Asters are charming daisy-like flowers that come in a variety of vibrant colors. These star-shaped blooms symbolize patience, elegance, and love. Asters are popular additions to fall gardens and can also be used to create beautiful cut flower arrangements.

42. Snap Lily: Snap lilies, also known as Montbretia, are fiery orange flowers that resemble small lilies. These vibrant blooms symbolize determination, transformation, and creativity. Snap lilies add a touch of warmth and energy to gardens and floral displays.

43. Celosia: Celosia, also called cockscomb, is a unique flower with velvety, crested blooms that resemble a rooster's comb. Symbolizing immortality, boldness, and affection, celosia adds texture and visual interest to bouquets and garden borders.

44. Bachelor's Button: Bachelor's Buttons, or cornflowers, are charming wildflowers with bright blue petals and a distinctive button-like center. These dainty blooms symbolize single-mindedness, devotion, and hope. Bachelor's Buttons are often used in cottage-style gardens and rustic floral arrangements.

45. Ranunculus: Ranunculus are stunning flowers with layers of delicate petals that resemble roses. Available in an assortment of colors, including shades of pink, red, yellow, and white, ranunculus symbolize charm and radiance. They are perfect for adding elegance to bouquets and centerpieces.

46. Stephanotis: Stephanotis is a fragrant flower with waxy, star-shaped blooms that grow in clusters. Also known as the Madagascar jasmine, Stephanotis symbolizes marital happiness, purity, and fidelity. These elegant flowers are often used in wedding bouquets and corsages.

47. Sweet William: Sweet William is a charming flower with clusters of small, fragrant blooms that come in a variety of colors, including shades of red, pink, and white. Symbolizing gallantry and finesse, Sweet William is a popular choice for borders, rock gardens, and cut flower arrangements.

48. Delphinium: Delphiniums are beloved for their tall spikes adorned with multiple blossoms in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. Symbolizing dignity, grace, and an open heart, delphiniums make a striking statement in gardens and floral displays.

49. Geranium: Geraniums, also known as pelargoniums, are small to medium-sized herbaceous annual, biennial, and perennial plants. They are commonly grown for their vibrant blooms and aromatic foliage. Geraniums are popular bedding plants and provide bursts of color and fragrance throughout the summer season.

50. Heliconia: Heliconia, often referred to as the "lobster-claw" or "parrot flower," is a tropical plant known for its vibrant and exotic appearance. With its long, colorful bracts that resemble the shape of lobster claws or parrot beaks, heliconias add a striking and tropical flair to gardens and floral arrangements. These plants thrive in warm, humid climates and are a favorite among nature enthusiasts and gardeners seeking to bring a touch of the tropics to their surroundings.

Best Occasions For Flowers

Flowers don’t need a reason. They are appropriate to give any time, any place. Any time you want to say congratulations or get well, flowers are a great choice. But, some occasions lend themselves more to flower gifts than others.

Here is a complete list of the best occasions for flowers:

Birthdays: flowers make a great birthday gift, live plants and a BloomsyBox subscription are great big birthday flower gifts. But, even a bouquet or single rose would tell the birthday person “I love you.”

Weddings and Anniversaries: flowers are associated with wedding decorations and bouquets. Every bride walks down the aisle holding a bouquet. But, you can use flowers to keep your love alive on your anniversaries as well.

Valentine’s Day: speaking of keeping love alive, no holiday is better known for flower gifts than Valentine’s Day. Roses are the common classic Valentine’s Day gift, but any flower in our top ten list would work.

Mother’s and Father's Day: moms and dads like flowers too. Why not give them the gift of a beautiful arrangement on their special day?

All Holidays: we’ve already mentioned Valentine’s Day, but all holidays could use the gift of flowers. Some holidays, like Christmas with the poinsettia, even have certain flowers associated when them. Whether decoration or a gift, any holiday will be brightened by the addition of flowers.

Popular Flower Delivery

Now that you know all about the most popular flowers, it is time to decide on a flower delivery service. We think you should choose us here at BloomsyBox. Our farm-to-table approach creates the freshest and longest-lasting flowers available. When you order from BloomsyBox, you can expect your flowers to ship directly to you from the farm. We cut out the middleman, which saves you money and increases your enjoyment of our beautiful arrangements.

We offer a wide variety of flowers, plants, and bouquets for you to choose from. It doesn’t matter what type of flower you want; you can find it from BloomsyBox. Contact one of our specialists today to learn more. You can also visit our website to sign up for our subscription or place your first order.

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