Like the Sunset: Popular Orange Flowers

Orange isn’t the color most of us choose when asked our favorite. It has garnered a bad reputation for being loud and is associated with negative items like prison jumpsuits or warning signs. However, orange doesn’t deserve all this flak. It’s the color of intuition, warmth, happiness, and strength. It’s also a popular color with gardeners. Let’s look at a few common orange flowers varieties.

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Lantana

Lantana is a lesser-known bloom that grows in clusters of orange and orange-yellow – often with reddish centers. Lighter varieties sometimes have a combination of pink and orange. Lantana is incredibly heat-resistant and thrives in hot climates. This plant blooms all year long and is a popular hedge flower. Lantana is deer resistant and has no known serious diseases, making it one of the hardiest plants available. Be cautious, though; lantana might be poisonous for your pets.

Fritillaria

Fritillaria is prized for its bell-shaped blossoms. It may be better used as an herb than a flower, as its scent has been called unpleasant – but don’t let that put you off. Fritillaria has long been used in Chinese medicine to improve heart conditions, clear phlegm, and alleviate coughs and pain in the upper abdomen. Fritillaria contains several poisonous compounds, so pet owners and those with small children should avoid this flower.

Iceland Poppy

Iceland poppies come in a plethora of gorgeous colors, including orange, pink, white, and red. They are known as a winter plant and thrive in mild climates. They also bloom well in fall. They’re unique because they can be planted safely in cold weather to ensure good summer and fall blooming. These plants need full sun, but will die quickly if overexposed. Forego this bloom if you live in an extremely hot climate.

Blackberry Lily

The blackberry lily does double duty, providing beautiful orange blossoms and clusters of wild blackberries. This is a popular flower for borders and can grow well in spite of inhospitable soil. Ask a nursery professional for particulars. The blackberry lily was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson and can be found at Monticello.

Asiatic Lily

The Asiatic lily has a striking trumpet-shaped flower and a mellowed orange color. They’re easy to grow, and some varieties can reach up to six feet tall. Asiatic lilies have a pleasant scent, but can be a bit heady. If you love growing plants all year, the Asiatic lily is ideal for winter as it grows extremely well in the cold. Gauge temperatures carefully for this flower since the blossoms need full sun while the roots require plenty of shade. Plant them with low-growing plants that will shade the root system when the sun becomes harsh.

Butterfly Weed

As the name implies, this flower is attractive to butterflies. Their orange blossoms grow in clusters and draw the eye immediately. Be patient with this plant, as it can take two years to fully establish once germinated. Monarch larvae feed off its leaves, then return once they have matured. Since it produces great amounts of nectar, it’s a favorite among honey-makers, bees, and hummingbirds.

Photo Credit:

Photographer Hans Braxmeier offered the photograph of Lantana under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

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