Out of so many reasons to go there, travelers find the Italian flowers another reason to love this country a lot. Even their most visited and historical places are full of such beautiful and natural flowers and scents.
The greenery and sere beauty of Italy have made it the number 4 of the most visited country in the world. And the flowers play a great role to attract such travelers.
So, I have decided to familiarize my regular reader to familiar with some most popular flowers of Italy. You can plant some of them to make your garden stand out as well. Enjoy!
Common Flowers of Italy
Here is a list of flowers you can see in Italy:
- Aster Alpinus
- Pulsatilla Alpina
- Cosmos Bipinnate
- Lunaria O Moneta
- Dahlia Semplice
- Spring Gentian
- …and many more!
28 Most Popular Flowers In Italian
There are basically 4 types of flowers there like vines, herbs, roses, wildflowers.
Not just for the great landscapes, Italy is called the land of greenery because of the wide visibility of the following flowers across the entire country. Let’s check them in great detail!
It’s a flower of early summer and fall and it has many kinds like pink and lavender with little and taller variations.
Like the rest of the world, roses grow in plenty there and the Italians really love it. It grows everywhere in Italy and all the varieties of roses are available there.
It’s a culinary herb that grows wildly in Italy and it’s very popular there for its aromatic flavor. Many Italians use it as a decorative plant too. It’s available to grow in many colors like blue, white, pink, etc.
The needle-like leaves and wide variety of flower colors have made it very attractive. You can grow it in your garden easily and it’s highly pest-resistant.
- Cosmos Bipinnate
Another common garden plant in Italy is the cosmos because of its huge color variety like yellow, red, purple, blue, pink, white, etc. These beautiful annual plants are mainly from the sunflower family.
- Lunaria O Moneta
It looks like a simple purple flower but this is a unique flower plant in Italy. But this is maybe one of the few flower plants where people love the seeds more than the flower itself.
This coin-shaped flower is called in many names like honesty, silver coin plant, etc. Some people call it the Lunaria as the seeds looks like the moon. But the Italian call them Lunaria O Moneta del papa flowers.
Apart from the purple flower, it has other color variants like white, yellow, pink, etc.
- Dahlia Semplice
From the name, as you can guess, it’s from the dahlia family and it’s considered to be another popular garden flower of Italy because of its huge color varieties.
Across the various regions of Italy, it’s also familiar with other names like dahlia piñata or garden dahlia.
In addition to the huge color varieties like maroon, red, pink, purple, yellow, blue, and white, it’s popular for its different petal shapes too.
- Pulsatilla Alpina
Some people call it the Alpine Pasque flower and it’s also known as Alpine Anemone too. The attractive flowers keep hanging with the plant for about weeks and the hairy texture of the flowers is pretty amazing.
I would definitely recommend planting these blue and white beautiful flowers in your garden to make your neighbors jealous!
You may know it as bindweed or the morning glory. The trumpet-shaped flower and the spirally arranged leaves are the two most beautiful feature of this flowering plant.
It’s also available in many colors like yellow, white, violet, blue, pink, etc. and there are plenty of species of this flower around the world.
- Spring Gentian
Also known as Gentiana Verna or Spring Gentiana. It almost looks like the twinkling stars and the center of the flower with blue and white color combo has made it’s very attractive.
For your home garden, you can consider having this flowering plant and if you do, you can get some beautiful flowers during the early summer and the spring.
But let me warn you! It attracts ants, bumblebees, and butterflies too.
The beautiful color shades of the flower are the center of its attraction. The orange and yellow color combination has made it the beloved flower across Italy.
The central disk of the flower looks like a sunflower and the head looks very similar to Daisy.
You should seriously consider this summer flower for your garden. The amazingly beautiful petals and shade will add extra beauty to your garden for sure.
It’s both an ornamental and medicinal plant with lots of color varieties like white, pink, and purple. Not just in Italy, it’s also known as Catharanthus rose, old maid, Cape periwinkle, bright eyes, etc.
- Aster Alpinus
Another widely available and popular Italian flower is Aster Alpinus that looks very similar to the sunflowers. Many people call it the Alpine aster or blue alpine daisy as well.
Apart from humans, Aster Alpinus is a huge attraction for bees, butterflies, and birds.
These are basically shrubs or smaller trees that people in Italy grow in their gardens. People also use these cute pink flowers to decorate their rooms but you can’t grow them in the pot.
It can grow anywhere in the subtropical areas of the world and there are plenty of color variations like pink, purple, white, and red.
It’s also called sowbread or swinebread flower because it’s a favorite food for pigs. And it’s available in many species with white, pink, and purple color varieties.
Every part of the flower including the leaves, roots, and flowers grows from the tuber and the panel arrangements of the flower look very similar to the butterfly wings.
Widely available across entire Italy and you can use the Bougainvillea as the ornamental vines or trees to cover the gate or wall of your house. The colorful magenta bracts have made it very popular.
Almost every house in Italy has bougainvillea blossoms over their windows as well.
If you closely look at the flowers and the trees you will notice the flowers are very smaller in size and surrounded by big bracts.
Out of so many colors available, the white and purple colors are most common for the Bougainvillea. You can grow them easily and without much effort.
Like the rest of the world, the lily is widely available across entire Italy too. Many people call the flower of France which is true, but it grows in plenty in Italy as well.
The large and prominent flowers are eye-soothing. With a strong fragrance, lily comes in multiple colors in Italy like orange, red, pink, white, etc.
Fun Facts: Do not let your cat go nearby the lily. It’s very toxic for the cats!
The flowers have a bell-shaped look and that’s where the name came from. The downward hanging feature of the flower which looks like the hanging bells has also contributed to the naming of the flowers.
Usually, on a single base stem, there are around 5 to 6 tiny blue-violet flowers grow which look amazingly beautiful.
Yes, like the world (where some people call it the viola), it’s very common in Italy too. And it’s very easy to grow which I strongly recommend decorating your garden.
Sure, many people consider it as wild plant or shrubs but the yellow center of its tiny flowers is very attractive and cute.
- Centaurea Cyanus
Don’t let the fancy name trick you! It’s basically weed but looks seriously beautiful! As an ornamental plant, it’s hugely popular across Italy and you can plant it in your garden as well.
Also known as the Bachelor’s button. But most commonly it’s known as the cornflower. Because of its purple, pink, and blue color variety, it looks amazing in your garden. And yes, many people drink its dried flower as herbal tea.
It’s familiar with other names like the granny’s bonnet and columbine and people eat some of its flowers. And it requires extra care to fully flourish.
The Latin word ‘Aquilegia’ means ‘eagle’. The petal shape of this flower looks like the claw of an eagle and that’s how the name originated.
Apart from the human, Aquilegia is a favorite food for the moth and butterflies as well.
The cup-shaped flower is very popular in Italy and it’s basically cultivated to produce the saffron spice (obtained from the stigma of the flower).
The leaves of the crocus look like grass but the flower is very cute to look at. The bottom of the cute flower is narrow tube-like and the openings of the flower are cup-shaped.
This beautiful flower is both frost and drought-resistant and widely used for both cooking and medicinal purposes. People chew its leaves to refresh their breaths.
It’s cultivated around the world for its divine like fragrance and it’s particularly popular in Italy as well. There are around 200 species of jasmine around the world and they are widely available in tropical regions.
I strongly recommend growing some Jasmine in your garden for both beauty and fragrance. Not just your garden, you will have a sweet fragrance across your home as well.
People in Italy used to consider the Laura trees as the security against lightning. This tree was highly associated with ancient Italian myths and histories.
With a beautiful aroma, these trees can grow as high as 33 to 59 feet.
It means the “Beautiful Rose” originating from the Italian words “rosa” and “Bella”.
A spring flowering bulb widely grows in Italy as well as another part of the world.
Although the narcissus flower is indigenous to the Mediterranean area, it also grows in Holland, Great Britain, Sicily Islands, etc.
- Margherita Gigante
It’s also known as ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum Vulgare, Oxeye, etc. The yellow floret and the long white petals have made it very beautiful. However, many parts of the world consider it as simply weed!
It blooms in the spring and looks very pretty. If you plan to plant them in your garden, let me remind you that it requires regular garden cleaning and proper cutting of the plant as well.
- Geranium A Grandi Fiori
The ball-like structure flower is also known as zonal geranium and garden geranium too. In Italy, it grows in a bunch and the flowery balls cover the plants look very amazing.
You can plant the geranium in flower beds or soil pots too. Also, from a wide color variety like white, pink, and red; you can choose your favorite geranium to grow.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What flower represents Italy?
Answer: The roses. Roses are associated with romance and love and that exactly what represents Italy.
What is the most popular flower in Italy?
Answer: Lily is the most popular flower in Italy because of its an extraordinary beauty and strong aroma.
Does Italy have a national flower?
Answer: Yes, and it’s lily! All the varieties of lily have their own meaning. Like the white lily represents chastity, the yellow lily represents joy, and the orange lily represents passion.
What plants are native to Italy?
Answer: Many shrubs and plants are native to Italy like the following:
- Erica arborea.
- Quercus suber.
- Laurus nobilis.
- Rosmarinus officinalis.
- Arbutus unedo.
- Myrtus communis.
Why is the lily the national flower of Italy?
Answer: During the Italian renaissance, the lily was the national symbol of Italy. In fact, lily still represents the purity and chastity in there.
Italian flowers across the entire country is a great scenic view. For so many reasons, people call it the Mecca of styles and fashion because of these wonderful flowers.
Let me know which one is your favorite and plan to grow in your garden in the comment box below.