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10 White Flowers – Purity, Innocence, Peace & New Beginning

White Flowers
White Flowers

The colour White represents purity, innocence, peace, and the new beginning. Also, white flowers express freshness and it is also a symbol of love. In addition, white flowers signify pure thoughts and it brings brightness and light into your life. It is mostly used in both wedding and funeral.

Read on further and take a look at the 10 best white flowers in this article.

In The Article

1

Heliotrope

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameHeliotropium peruvianum
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tipMainly suitable for places where soil moist but not it soggy
Sunlight requirementFull sun or partial shade
FamilyBoraginaceae
Growing zones9 - 11
Native placePeru
Foliage colorDark green
Flower colorBlue, violet, white

Heliotrope flowers are delicate and tiny which are borne in soupy clusters. It attracts butterflies, and contains vanilla-like fragrance, and stands upright.

Varieties:

  • Marine: purple flowers
  • Fragrant blue: blue flowers

Interesting facts:

  • Fragrant flowers are used in perfume production.
  • The Heliotrope word means “the sun” and “to run”.
  • The growth of plant will be 1-2 feet tall.
  • This is deer resistant, non-aggressive and non-invasive plant.
  • The toxic components cause liver failure, such as “walking disease” or “sleepy staggers”.
  • A vanilla-scented heliotrope is usually used in funerals.
  • All parts of heliotrope are poisonous to humans and animals, it causes gastric distress.

2

Petunia

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific namePetunia hybrida
Soil needsWell-drained
Flower tipKeep them warm, dry and protect from strong wings
Sunlight requirementFull sun
FamilySolanaceae
Growing zones9 - 11
Native placeSouth America
Foliage colorMedium green
Flower colorWhite, purple, pink, yellow, red, blue

Petunia flowers are trumpet-shaped, and it can be found in any colour. The sprawling plants with white and purple blooms are most of the traditional varieties. These flowers are fast growing and frost tender.

The symbolic meaning of this flower is anger and resentment. Actually, these flowers are gifted to an enemy or a person with whom you had a disagreement.

 Interesting facts:

  • Petunias are ornamental plants, which are attracted by insects and hummingbirds.
  • It is best grown in tropical areas. Petunia is available in two main types, ’multiflora’ and ‘grandiflora’.
  • Larger sized fewer flowers are grandifloras, plentiful flowers in the smaller size are multifloras and also available with mini flowers in mini plants.
  • It ranges from 15cm to 120cm in height, petunia flowers can be yellow, pink, white, blue and red in colour.
  • The symbolical meaning of the flower is anger, comfort, resentment.
  • Greek and Roman culture paid more attention to their symbolism and worshipped flowers.
  • These are used as symbols of expression in arts and literature.

3

Scabiosa

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameScabiosa
Soil needsWell-drained
Flower tipRemove withering blooms to make the plant flowering
Sunlight requirementFull sun
FamilyCaprifoliaceae
Growing zones3 - 7
Native placeAfrica, Europe and Asia
Foliage colorLush gray to blue-green
Flower colorSoft lavender blue, creamy white or lilac

Scabiosa is also known as pincushion flowers, which has a pincushion like a centre and petals as an outer layer. These nectar flowers attract butterflies and blooms in every season. This flower is drought tolerant, and it will bloom from spring.

Interesting facts:

  • Cultivars most popularly use Butterfly Blue in a butterfly garden.
  • It is used as a herbal medicine for fever, internal inflammation and cough.
  • The meaning of scabiosa is “unfortunate love” in the language of flowers.
  • The variety of colours with purple, white and blue.
  • Scabiosa is of two types,
    • Annual pincushion: scabiosa atropurpurea, this type should be replanted each year, it is small in size when compared with perennial counterparts, these flowers are in shades of pink, white, rose, maroon and lavender blue.
    • Perennial pincushion: scabiosa Caucasia, these plants mostly found in the shades of white, pink and blue. It is larger up to 3 inches.

4

Wisteria

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameWisteria sinensis
Soil needsWell-drained
Flower tipCold temperature can damage early blooms
Sunlight requirementFull Sun or Partial Shade
FamilyFabaceae
Growing zones5 - 8
Native placeChina, Japan, and Korea
Foliage colorBright green
Flower colorPink, purple and white

Wisteria has intoxicating fragrance, some wisteria varieties are used to make wine, and some are poisonous. It is considered as invasive weeds in the southern United States. This symbolizes obsession or passionate.

Interesting facts:

  • Wisteria is used to prepare delicious wine, and it is a deciduous vine belongs to the pea family.
  • Depending on the species, all flowers open at a time or one after other.
  • Some wisteria flowers smell like grapes.
  • Hummingbirds and bees are responsible for the pollination of plants.
  • The seeds of wisteria are poisonous.
  • Some species flowers are used for diet.
  • Chinese wisteria contains toxic.
  • Perennial plant wisteria can survive in wild for 50 – 100 years.
  • All parts of wisteria contain a wisteria (saponin), which is toxic, and it causes nausea, stomach pains, vomiting, dizziness.
  • It is a fast-growing plant.

5

Rose

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameRosa
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tip5 hours of sun a day is needed in a day
Sunlight requirementFull sun
FamilyRosaceae
Growing zones3 - 11
Native placeAsia, northwestern Africa, North America, and Europe
Foliage colorBlue, green
Flower colorBlue, pink, red, orange, yellow and white

Rose is one of the favourite plants in the world. There are 100 varieties of species in rose.  Few species belongs to a group of evergreen plant and most are deciduous. Black, blue roses do not exist.

The colour of rose symbolize certain value, such as rose is a symbol of love, yellow for friendship, white for purity, pink for joy, orange for enthusiasm.

Interesting facts:

  • Rose is a symbol of love, sorrow and sympathy.
  • It is of different size miniature, compact roses.
  • Rose is beautiful and often fragrant.
  • The name rose is from French.
  • Some Rosa sericea have four sepals and petals.
  • Rose which has five petals and five sepals are wild roses.
  • The fruit of rose is Rosehip.
  • It contains vitamin c.
  • This is used as a folk medicine to treat cancer and to relieve stomach pain.
  • Rose water, rose oil, rose syrup, and perfume is produced from roses.
  • Most of them used to gift roses to show their love.

6

Lilium

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameLilium
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tipIt requires dormant, cold period for growth in spring
Sunlight requirementFull Sun and Partial Shade
FamilyLiliaceae
Growing zones4 - 8
Native placeNorthern Hemisphere
Flower colorPurple, red, pink, white, yellow and orange

Lily is one of the popular ornamental plants, it is beautiful and a showy flower which is a wide variety of forms and colours. Lilies are tall perennial plants ranging in 2-6 ft height. Flowers are large in size and contain pleasant fragrance.

It is mostly used for floral arrangements. This has the long stem and six petals in trumpet shape at the top.

Interesting facts:

  • Lilies are cultivated all over the world due to their beauty.
  • Lily is used for decoration.
  • In Japan, White lilies symbolize good luck.
  • Lily has different colours such as pink, orange, purple, red, yellow and white.
  • A large amount of starch is contained in lily bulbs.
  • Pollen may induce poison in the cat.
  • There are 100 species of lilies belong to genus Lilium.
  • The most commonly known species of lilies are,
    • White lily
    • Tiger lily
    • Easter lily
    • Calla lily
  • These beautiful flowers are most commonly found in Europe.
  • White lilies symbolize virginity or purity.
  • There are different types of lilies they are,
    • Turk’s cap lily
    • Humboldt lily
    • Carolina Lily
    • Japanese lily
    • Philadelphia lily
    • Bolander’s lily
    • Leopard lily
    • Alpine Lily
    • Canada lily
    • Washington lily
    • Tiger lily
    • White lily
  • Lilies are not poisonous.
  • White lilies are mostly scented.

7

Calla Lily

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameZantedeschia
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tipCalla lilies must be planted at watered well deep
Sunlight requirementFull Sun or Partial Shade
FamilyAraceae
Growing zones8 - 10
Native placesouthern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi
Flower colorWhite, Yellow and pink

Calla lilies are beautiful flowers in a unique form. It is mostly used in wedding decoration which symbolizes beauty and magnificence. These flowers grow in bulbous roots and it blooms at late spring.

Interesting facts:

  • The roots of calla lilies are poisonous.
  • Calla is a Greek word means beautiful.
  • Calla lilies are a perennial bulb.
  • These Calla lilies are not actually real lilies.
  • Flowers are the best way to express our feelings.
  • These lilies are used in both funeral and wedding.
  • It is a symbol of innocence, youth and spring; it is also a symbol of sophistication and elegance.
  • At the funeral, it symbolizes purity and sympathy.
  • In the wedding ceremony, these flowers bring divinity and faith.
  • The freshness of spring and regeneration is also a symbol of a calla lily.
  • This flower is funnel-shaped with the finger as spadix at centre in yellow colour.

8

Tulip

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameTulipa
Soil needsWell-drained
Flower tipTulips doesn’t like more moisture
Sunlight requirementFull Sun or Partial Shade
FamilyLiliaceae
Growing zones3 - 8
Native placeTurkey
Flower colorWhite, yellow and red

Tulip is one of the beautiful flowers in the world. It belongs to lily family and onion is of its relative. Iran and Afghanistan nation flower is tulip as in Wikipedia. Tulip is the third popular flower. These flowers are star or cup-shaped.

Interesting facts:

  • Romance, love and passion is the symbol of Tulip.
  • Tulip is perfect for lovers, and it is second place in popular flower on Valentine’s Day.
  • It is available in three colours like, white, yellow and red.
  • Tulip bulbs can be bloomed by storing it in the refrigerator for 12-16 weeks.
  • The petals of tulip are used in some recipes like salad dressing, cups for the mousse.
  • According to species tulip has one or even more than one flower per stem.
  • The flower is a cup or star-shaped with 3 sepals and 3 petals.
  • The word “tulip” is from Turkish which means “turbin” because the flower looks like a Turkish hat.
  • A type of tulip is Apricot Beauty, smells like apricot.
  • It has 2 to 12 leaves depend upon its species.
  • It produces tulipalins and tulip sides, which induce allergy due to chemical substances produced in it.
  • They live for 3 to 7 days.

9

Carnation

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameDianthus caryophyllus
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tipSpent flowers are removed promptly to continue blooming
Sunlight requirementFull Sun or Partial Shade
FamilyCaryophyllaceae
Growing zones3 - 10
Native placeMediterranean region
Flower colorYellow, pink, white and red

Carnation belongs to the Dianthus family; it is a sweet smelling flower which usually has single or double petals. Dianthus is a Greek word referred to as Zeus. These flowers are known as heavenly flower or flower of gods. It is bitter or bland taste.

Interesting facts:

  • Good luck and pure love is the symbol of the white carnation.
  • Even, each colour of carnation flower represents a symbol like red represent socialism then, pink represents the undying love of the mother.
  • It is the national flower of Monaco, Slovenia and Spain.
  • The growth of the carnation plant is 80cm height and flowers with 3-9cm in diameter.
  • The flower smells sweet so, it is mostly used for the special occasion like wedding and mother’s day.
  • The meaning of “dianthus” is “divine flower”.
  • Flowers are in the variety of colours such as, yellow, green, white and red.
  • Carnation is the favourite mother’s day flower.

10

Hibiscus

Things to rememberUseful information
Scientific nameHibiscus rosa-sinensis
Soil needsMoist, Well-drained
Flower tipThe flowers are sensitive and protect them from below freezing temperature
Sunlight requirementFull Sun and Partial Shade
FamilyMalvaceae
Growing zones5 - 8
Native placeWarm-temperate, tropical and subtropical regions
Flower colorPink, white, yellow, purple and orange

Hibiscus belongs to the mallow family that produces trumpet-shaped showy flowers. There are 200 varieties in this genus. This genus includes both perennial and annual herbaceous plants. The word “hibiscus” is from the Greek word “hibiscus”. It is one of the popular ornamental plants, which attracts butterflies, hummingbird and bees in the garden.

Interesting facts:

  • The flower taste like tangy citrusy.
  • Some hibiscus species are used for food colouring and dye.
  • Hibiscus is a natural diuretic.
  • According to the study, hibiscus tea controls blood pressure.
  • It is useful to maintain body temperature, heart and fluid balance.
  • Red hibiscus is the flower of god Kali.
  • Red and white hibiscuses are used in Ayurveda because it contains medicinal properties.
  • The root is used to treat hair loss.
  • Flower and leaves of hibiscus can be made into a paste and used as shampoo which is natural.
  • It contains vitamin c.


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