The following list of flower names that start with S includes common and not-so-common flowers from around the world. You'll find details on each plant, including its botanical name, scientific classification, description, history, photos, and care tips for keeping your collection of blooming beauties.
Flower Names That Start With S - List Of Your Choice
Summer Snowflake (Leucojum Aestivum)
This bulbous perennial has white bell-shaped flowers that grow in clusters atop long stems. Each flower has six petals and six stamens, making it appear more like a small lily than an aster. The leaves are dark green and shiny, while the stems are smooth and waxy. Summer snowflake is an excellent choice for growing in tubs or planters, where they can enjoy all year indoors.
Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)
The sweet pea is a genus of about 30 species of annual or perennial herbaceous vines in the family Fabaceae, native to Sicily and southern Europe. The sweet pea is a climbing plant with tendrils that wrap around objects; it produces large compound leaves of three leaflets.
The flowers are often blue but can be red, pink, white, or purple, depending on the variety; the flowers are often fragrant and may be used to make perfumes. The tiny seeds are dispersed in pods that explode when they dry out. The sweet pea was introduced to Britain in 1768 by Philip Miller, head gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden. It has become popular worldwide as an ornamental plant in gardens and pots.
Spider Flower (Cleome)
Spider flowers are an easy-to-grow annual tolerant of many different growing conditions. They will grow in the sun or shade but prefer full sun. Spider flowers bloom from spring through fall and come in various colors, including red, purple, pink, and white. These plants grow up to 3 feet tall and produce large daisy-like flowers on their stems.
Snapdragons are perennial flowering plants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. They reach 12 to 18 inches and produce pink, purple, or white blooms with four petals that look like dragon's faces. These plants are typically used as bedding plants in gardens or as potted plants indoors.
Snowdrops are a group of about 20 species of bulbous flowering plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. They are native to the mountainous areas of the Northern Hemisphere, from eastern Spain across Europe and Asia as far north as Japan. Snowdrops are sometimes confused with spring snowmelt, but they are not an early sign of spring. They are also confused with winter aconites (Eranthis), flowers at that time of year.
The Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) is one of the largest families of flowering plants and includes more than 2300 species distributed worldwide, according to Radford et al. (2002). In temperate climates, most members of Asteraceae are found in open woods or prairies; some are shrubs or small trees. In tropical climates, they may be vines or shrubs. The petals of the flowers have been modified into ray florets that surround disc florets, where pollen is produced by cross-pollination with insects or wind pollination by insects such as bees and butterflies.
Sweet William (Dianthus Barbatus)
Sweet William is a fragrant, biennial, or short-lived perennial plant that grows up to 2 feet tall. It has deep pink to bright red flowers that bloom in the summer. The leaves are green and oval-shaped with pointed tips. This plant can be grown as an annual flower in temperate regions, but it will die back in winter.
Sweet William is native to Europe and Asia and has been cultivated for centuries. The name "William" comes from the German word for "friend." Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, brought this plant to England during her reign between 1837 and 1901.
Sword Lily (Gladiolus)
The sword lily is a bulbous plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow up to 1 foot high. They produce large tulip-like flowers, usually white or shades of pinkish violet, with a yellow center spot inside the petals. Sword lilies can be grown outdoors in warm climates or indoors in cooler climates, where they will bloom all year long if given enough sunlight.
Shooting Stars (Primula sect. Dodecatheon)
The botanical name of this flower is Primula sect. Dodecatheon, which is abbreviated as "P." sect. "Dodecatheon" in scientific literature. The word "sect." refers to the subgenus or a group of closely related species within a genus with similar characteristics.
Sneeze Weed (Helenium)
Helenium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. These plants have daisy-like flowers and are native to North America and South America.
Sea holly is native to the coastlines of Europe, Asia, and North America. Their scientific name is Eryngium, growing up to 3 feet tall. Sea holly has purple flowers that bloom in late summer through fall.
Saponaria is a perennial herb with whorled, succulent stems and small, white flowers that bloom in late summer. It grows 1 to 2 feet tall and is native to the western United States.
Scarlet Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
The scarlet strawberry is a deciduous perennial shrub that produces beautiful clusters of bright red berries. This plant grows best in full sunlight and well-drained soil. It has an upright habit and blooms in spring with fragrant white flowers that attract bees and other pollinating insects. The scarlet strawberry can reach 6 to 10 feet tall if not pruned regularly.
Scabiosa Atropurpurea 'Black Barlow'
This variety of scabiosa has deep blue flowers on long stems that bloom from midsummer through fall. It grows best in full sun and dry soil, reaching 24 inches tall by 18 inches wide. The 'Black Barlow' variety makes an excellent border plant or ground cover because it can be cut back each year to keep it under control in an ornamental garden bed or patio container garden.
Spiked Speedwell, Veronica spectra, is easily recognizable by its white flowers that grow in clusters on long spikes. The petals are fringed with hairs, and the plant has small, oval leaves. It is a low-growing plant that spreads outwards and will bloom throughout summer. The Spike Speedwell, also known as Stitchwort, comes from its use as a healing herb in medieval times.
Spiny Lilac Flower Cactus
This cactus is native to Mexico and Central America and has bright purple flowers that grow up to 2 inches wide. It grows well in pots or raised beds and requires minimal water once established. The Spiny Lilac Flower Cactus gets its name from its large, purple flowers that resemble those of lilacs but have spines instead of leaves.
St John's Wort Plant (Hypericum perforatum)
The St John's Wort Plant is one of the herbs used in traditional British folklore for curing wounds caused by St John's Day fire festivals held on June 24th each year (known as Midsummer Night). It is also known as the 'Klamath Weed' because some Native Americans used it for treating wounds and fevers before European settlers arrived in America.
Strawflower (Gaillardia pulchella)
This flower was named after a French botanist, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck. He was born in Paris, France, on April 1st, 1744, and died there on December 18th, 1829, aged 85. He was the first person to propose the idea that evolution occurs through natural processes instead of being guided by divine intervention.
This theory is now known as Lamarckism, and many scientists have criticized it since his death in 1829. However, he was also responsible for naming this flower Gaillardia Pulcinella, which means 'little Gaillard. Gaillard is French for 'tall,' so you could say that this flower has an apt name!