When it comes to things that bring joy to life, there is no denying that flowers are top of the list for many of us. They brighten up a room, help us express our feelings, and make our gardens wonderful places to be each and every summer.
Learning the name of every single flower on the planet is likely to be impossible – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t start with one particular letter!
Without further ado, here are a host of flowers that start with M to kickstart your learning journey – happy gardening!
1. Maiden Pink (Dianthus Deltoides)
A charming evergreen, maiden pink is a perennial found all across Europe, Asia and western Africa, and is easily distinguished by distinctive pink petals.
2. Mammillaria Dixanthocentron (Mammillaria Dixanthocentron)
A proud member of the cactus family, the Mammillaria Dixanthocentron adds a feminine touch to the prickly outer with charming pink flowers encircling the rim.
3. Mammillaria Formosa (Mammillaria Formosa)
A solitary cactus, Mammillaria Formosa is known for producing beautiful flowers and surprises to those who wait – but you will need to be prepared to play the long game in order to make the most of all this flower has to offer!
4. Mammillaria Haageana (Mammillaria Haageana)
Native to Mexico, the Mammillaria Haageana is a stunning type of cactus that bears a close resemblance to others in its family, but offers a range of gorgeous pink and white flowers which are a true oasis in the desert.
5. Mammillaria Perezdelarosae (Mammillaria Perezdelarosae)
One of the more beautiful members of the Mammillaria family, this smaller flower combines bristly spines with soft, gentle flowers for a stunning overall visual effect.
6. Manzanit (Arctostaphylos)
The name of the Mananita can be translated as “little apple”, and this is a flower that is most commonly found across North America – it is also considered too important that cutting or burning it is illegal.
7. Marigold (Tagetes)
Bright, sunny and instantly identifiable, the humble marigold is a welcome and familiar sight in gardens across the world, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!
8. Marsh Marigold (Caltha Palustris)
Just like its relative, the marigolds, the marsh marigold is found in marshes, fens and woodlands across Europe, and is a proud member of the buttercup family.
9. Marvel Of Peru (Mirabilis Jalapa)
With bold, stunning colors and a distinctive shape, the Marvel of Peru is an eye-catching addition to any garden, and has the added accolade of being the most commonly grown ornamental Mirabilis plant!
10. Matucana (Matucana Aureiflora)
Matucana cacti are known for their bright colors and eye-catching design, and the Aureiflora is no exception to this rule. Bright yellow flowers are a talking point, and a great contrast to the sharp spikes of the main body of the plant.
11. Matucana (Matucana Madisoniorum)
Matucana Madisoniorum are another vibrant sight, and their vivacious orange blooms are a sight for sore eyes.
12. Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus Maximiliani)
Sunflowers are sure to brighten up any day, and the Maximilian variety is no exception. Native to North America, the tall stems bring joy to any garden.
13. Mazus (Mazus Reptans)
Mazus (Mazus Reptans) may be tiny, but their bright buds can make a serious impact on the landscape, and offer a welcome sight.
14. Meadow Bistort (Persicaria Bistorta)
With tall, lilac flowers, Meadow bistort perennials are common sights in meadows, verges and grasslands across the world, and can brighten up the landscape wherever they land.
15. Meadow Rue (Thalictrum Aquilegifolium)
Native to the UK, Meadow Rue are distinguished by the fine strands and thin fronds, and offer a delicate beauty as they cluster.
16. Meadow Rue (Thalictrum Delavayi)
Tiny bell shaped lilac petals define the Meadow Rue, and this is a flower seen all through the spring and summer, casting a lacy hue wherever they grow.
17. Meadow Rue (Thalictrum Kiusianum)
Meadow Rue (Thalictrum Kiusianum) is an unusual combination of fern and flower, and the end result is a delicate curtain of lilac beauty that captures the eye.
18. Meadow Sage (Salvia Pratensis)
Meadow sage (Salvia pratensis) is easily identifiable thanks to bright spikes of vibrant purple, and lines pathways and avenues throughout woodlands and meadows across the nation.
19. Mealycup Sage (Salvia Farinacea)
Often confused with lavender thanks to the similar appearance, Mealycup sage is found across the Midwest. Compact and rich, this is a stunning plant.
20. Mediterranean Sea Holly (Eryngium Bourgatii)
With spiky petals and a circular center, the Mediterranean sea holly is a plant that is full of contrasts, and the end result is an appealing visual marvel that stands out from the crowd.
21. Melocactus (Melocactus Bahiensis)
Weird and wonderful, the Melocactus (Melocactus Bahiensis) is an exciting addition to any plant collection – and it is safe to assume that you won’t have anything else like it!
22. Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha)
Lush and rich, the white petals of Mexican bush sage also smell great – in fact, there is pretty much nothing to dislike about this plant or its gorgeous flowers!
23. Mexican Fire Barrel (Ferocactus Pilosus)
Bright, bold and easy to identify, the Mexican Fire Barrel is a cactus that is distinguished by a bright burnt orange ring around the tip, and the bright colors are the epitome of Mexico.
24. Michaelmas Daisy (Aster Celeste)
Bright, showy and ready to impress, the Michaelmas Daisy is identified by the thin, spiky leaves and a bright yellow center – stunning from every angle.
25. Million Bells (Calibrachoa)
If you are looking for bright, colorful flowers that fill any garden and are super attractive to bees and butterflies, then million bells are a must have – when you have a group of these clustered together, there is no better sight to see.
26. Miss Willmott’s Ghost (Eryngium Giganteum)
So named for its spooky, ghostly appearance and pale colors, Miss Willmott’s ghost is memorable and atmospheric, and has the added benefit of being a great pollinator.
If you are all about helping the local wildlife, then this should be a key part of your garden.
27. Missouri Coneflower (Rudbeckia Missouriensis)
Bold, bright and designed to capture your attention, Missouri Coneflowers can be identified by their long, thin yellow petals and strong black center – the perfect combination to grab attention for humans and insects alike.
28. Mitra (Astrophytum Myriostigma Nudum)
From pale yellow petals to a greeny-silvery stem, everything about the Mitra flower feels delicate and otherworldly, and these are the perfect flowers for a soft and gentle aesthetic in any garden space.
29. Mock Orange (Philadelphus)
Despite the name suggesting otherwise, Mock Orange flowers are actually a delicate white shade – ideal for adding a pastoral vibe to any garden.
30. Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon Planiscapus)
For something a little more dramatic, turn your attention to Mondo Grass – the dark purple fronds offer a shock of color to any landscape, and are guaranteed to create a unique, exciting aesthetic!
31. Monkshood (Aconitum Napellus)
Also known as aconite and wolfsbane, monkshood is a flower that is steeped in myth and legend and it is known for its toxic and dangerous associations. Great to admire from a distance, but not a good idea to get too close…
32. Morning Glory (Convolvulus Tricolor)
Bright, bold and vibrant, morning glory is a popular flower for many people – and it is easy to see why. This is a shade that is almost guaranteed to cheer you up no matter what.
33. Moss Phlox (Phlox Subulata)
Moss Phlox may look simple and innocent when you catch it on its own, but when groups of these white-petaled flowers get together, the end result is a breathtaking carpet of foliage, and one of the most colorful, distinctive ground covers on the planet.
34. Moss Rose (Portulaca Grandiflora)
Why stick to a monochrome scheme when you can enjoy an amazing riot of color simply by planting a little moss rose? For a floor covering with a difference, this is a flower that will take your breath away.
35. Moss Stonecrop (Sedum Acre)
If you want a carpet of gold right the way across the floor of your garden, then a little Moss stonecrop is a must-have addition to your collection of flora and fauna.
36. Mother Of Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum)
Also known as “elfin thyme”, mother of thyme is a tiny pink and purple flower that creeps across any surface it is planted on, and the end results are stunning.
37. Mountain Bluet (Centaurea Montana Amethyst In Snow)
With its spiky white leaves and dramatic purple center, every aspect of Mountain Bluet is designed to catch attention, and this is a unique and beautiful flower.
38. Mountain Fleece (Persicaria Amplexicaulis)
Mountain fleece may look sweet, but it is a tough, hardy perennial that is ideal for adding a dash of color to any space.
39. Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
It may come as a surprise to learn that Mugwort is actually part of the daisy family – the two flowers look pretty different. Despite a unique appearance however, Mugwort shines in its aromatic scent – this will be what draws you to the flower.
40. Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata)
Native to the UK, this cute flower bears tiny light pink flowers, and these line hedgerows, roadsides and verges to create a stunning frame for nature.
41. Myrtle Plant (Myrtus Communis)
For a stunning flower that you can enjoy all year round, the myrtle plant is a top choice – and it is tough enough to withstand even brutal weather!
And there we have it – a whistle stop tour of some of the most beautiful and unusual flowers that start with the letter “M”.
As with anything in nature, there is still plenty to learn, explore and discover – including those stunning new species that have yet to be discovered! Don’t forget to keep gardening, learning and honing your horticulture skills to ensure that your knowledge is as wide as possible.