Gallery Of Plants With Green Flowers

Green gladiolus
Green Gladiolus

Today I’m sharing pictures of green flowers. These curiosities of the plant kingdom challenge our preconceptions. Green is the colour we imagine leaves and stems to be; flowers are supposed to be more showy to grab our attention. 

While green flowers may seem unusual, some widely grown perennials are more often green than not, including hellebores and euphorbias. 

Helleborus argutifolius | holly leaved hellebore
Helleborus argutifolius (holly-leaved hellebore)

The ‘petals’ of some green flowers are technically modified sepals or bracts, sepals making up the leafy outer layer that protect petals developing in bud (think of a rose bud).

Green rose | Rosa chinensis 'Viridiflora'
Green Rose (Rosa chinensis ‘Viridiflora’)

Other flowers have long been artificially dyed green, dating back at least to Oscar Wilde’s green carnation of the early 1890s.

Many of these floral rebels go against the perceived wisdom that insects need colourful signposts to help them find nectar and pollen, although lime green can be pretty showy!

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii (spurge)
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii (spurge)

Scroll on for novelties including a more-green-than-white snowdrop, a green red hot poker and a greenish Asiatic lily (you be the judge).

Moluccella laevis | Bells of Ireland
Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland)
Green trillium
Green Trillium
Green hydrangea
Green Hydrangea
Zinnia green double
Zinnia green double
Green snowdrop | Galanthus 'Rosemary Burnham'
Green snowdrop (Galanthus ‘Rosemary Burnham’)
Green Carnation
Green Carnation
Green Chrysanthemum
Green Chrysanthemum
Green slipper orchid | Phragmipedium richteri
Green slipper orchid (Phragmipedium richteri)
Echinacea 'Green Jewel'
Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’
Anticlea elegans | Mountain deathcamas
Anticlea elegans (Mountain deathcamas)
Green insect eating plants
Insect eating plants
Kniphofia 'Green Jade' | green Red hot poker
Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’ (Red hot poker)
Lilium 'Trebbiano' | greenish Asiatic lily
Lilium ‘Trebbiano’ (greenish Asiatic lily)
Nicotiana 'Lime Green' | flowering tobacco
Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ (flowering tobacco)
Arisaema tortuosum | whipcord cobra lily
Arisaema tortuosum (whipcord cobra lily)
Sanicula epipactis (syn Hacquetia epipactis)
Sanicula epipactis (syn Hacquetia epipactis)
Double green primula auricula
Primula auricula double green

I hope you’ve enjoyed these little reset buttons for anyone who thinks plants need flashy petals to make their world go around.

Aren’t they wonderful? Even when they’re not dressed to impress.

57 Replies to “Gallery Of Plants With Green Flowers”

  1. Who knew there were so many? (Well you obviously). The auricula is a sweetie but I don’t like the green rose or gladiolus, nor the carnation. Everything else looks good.

    1. Green flowers are not quite as rare as we might think. I was surprised how many I had and I didn’t include them all. I quite like the gladiolus. That particular green rose was a bit scruffy. They seem to be more variable than you’d think.

  2. What a great idea to feature green flowers like this! It’s a reminder how many more there are than we would imagine. I especially like the Echinacea, Primula auricula and ‘greenish’ Asiatic lily 😀

  3. I have never seen so many green flowers! Beautiful gallery – and many fo them I didn’t know the name of. Thank you for enlightening us!

    1. Some of them are unusual here, such as the cobra lilies, but I often see those little green ruffs of Sanicula epipactis now my eye is attuned to them.

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